John Brennan, Obama’s CIA director who likely colluded with foreign spies against Trump, has called President Trump a “national disgrace.”
Brennan is also suspected of being involved with politically motivated unmasking of Trump team members.
Former CIA director John Brennan blasted Donald Trump over statements the president made at Tuesday’s defiant, impromptu news conference in New York at which he spoke at length about the violence that followed a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Va.
Brennan wrote a letter to CNN’s Wolf Blitzer with his impressions of Trump’s performance, the network said, in which he took issue with the president’s “ugly” and “dangerous” rhetoric.
The president had used the Trump Tower podium to restate his belief that blame for the violence that left Heather Heyer dead was shared by “alt-left” counterprotesters as well as the neo-Nazis who flooded the town. White supremacist leaders, like former Ku Klux Klan grand wizard David Duke, praised the president for his remarks.
Brennan said he was especially troubled by the message Trump’s remarks had sent to the families of those who had suffered under Nazism, and called the president’s moral relativist version of events “despicable,” and one that could “do lasting harm to American society and to our standing in the world.”
The head of the Central Intelligence Agency during the Obama administration, Brennan has been a frequent Trump critic. Early in his presidency, Brennan said Trump “should be ashamed” for using a speech at CIA headquarters to complain about his media coverage of the crowd-size at his inauguration. Brennan has since accused Trump of going easy on Russian President Vladimir Putin in response to that country’s meddling in the 2016 U.S. election.
Trump, in turn, has wondered aloud whether Brennan leaked an unverified dossier that linked the president to Russian intelligence.
When Brennan first applied to join the CIA, and received his polygraph test, he was asked this standard question:
Have you ever worked with or for a group that was dedicated to overthrowing the US?
Remarking on this Brennan said: “I froze…. This was back in 1980, and I thought back to a previous election where I voted, and I voted for the Communist Party candidate.” Brennan was responding to a question about barriers to recruiting diverse candidates for the intelligence agencies, including whether past records of activism could hurt someone applying for a clearance later in life.
Brennan called his support of the Communist Party a mere “indiscretion,” and reminded his audience that the Constitution grants free speech. He then remembered that he said to himself he could either lie and the polygraph machine would “go wacko” or tell the truth and face the consequences, including possibly being rejected for employment. He told the audience he voted for Gus Hall because while in college he was unhappy “with the system” and saw the “need for change.”
So just who is a national disgrace?
Sources: Yahoo and Truthfeed