Former Director of the Central Intelligence Agency John Brennan called Donald Trump ‘a real threat to national security’ a week after the President revoked his top-level security clearance.
During an interview with comedian Bill Maher on Friday, Brennan vented about his experience since retiring from the intelligence community and directed much of his ire towards the commander-in-chief, who took away his credentials on August 15.
Brennan, who called the President ‘treasonous’ following his meeting with Russian leader Vladimir Putin in Finland last month, explained during the interview why he thought the description was accurate.
‘There are two principal reasons why I used that term,’ Brennan explained to Maher on the HBO talk show ‘Real Time.’
‘One, I think I exhausted all the other adjectives in the English language to describe Donald Trump’s failures to fulfill his responsibilities as president of the United States.
‘And two, I saw him on that stage in Helsinki failing to be able to say to the world and to Vladimir Putin that Russia tried to interfere in our election, that it never should have happened and it never should happen again, and if it does Russia is going to pay some very severe consequences as a result, but he didn’t do that.’
The 62-year-old spy chief has been a vocal critic of the President since allegations of collision between the Trump campaign and Moscow became the focal point of a special counsel investigation headed by former FBI director Robert Mueller.
The criticism has only escalated in the passing months as Trump continues to push for warmer ties with the Kremlin.
White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders explained to reporters that Brennan’s ‘frenzied commentary’ and ‘unfounded and outrageous allegations’ was the basis for the revocation.
At one point, Brennan explained how extraordinary it was for a former top-level intelligence officials to have his credentials revoked.
‘I didn’t ask to keep my security clearances—former directors don’t do that.’
‘We keep those clearances because sometimes, those in government want to avail themselves of our experience, our expertise, our knowledge about certain issues,’ Brennan said.
‘This is the first time in 38 years that I haven’t had a security clearance, and the basis for the revocation is bogus. Mr. Trump and the administration didn’t adhere even to the process that they reaffirmed last year, and the politicization of security clearances, either the granting or the revocation, is a real threat to our national security.’
SOURCE: Daily Mail