WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump withdrew on Wednesday the White House security clearance from former CIA Director John Brennan, who has been blisteringly critical of the current administration’s policies.
The announcement was made by White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, who read a statement from Trump justifying the decision by citing the “wild outbursts” the president said had been made by Brennan, who was appointed by former President Barack Obama to head the CIA between 2013-2017.
Sanders added – still reading from Trump’s statement – that the former CIA chief had made a series of comments that the president called “unfounded and outrageous allegations” to several media outlets.
Brennan recently had called Trump a “danger” to US national security and had called his remarks at the joint press conference with Russian President Vladimir Putin at their Helsinki summit “nothing short of treasonous.”
This week, Brennan had written of Trump, regarding the president’s recent use in a Twitter post of the term “dog” to refer to fired White House adviser Omarosa Manigault-Newman, who has written a book intensely critical of the president, “It’s astounding how often you fail to live up to minimum standards of decency, civility, & probity. Seems like you will never understand what it means to be president, nor what it takes to be a good, decent, & honest person.”
Sanders said that Trump was reviewing the security credentials of other former top security officials, including former FBI Director James Comey and former National Intelligence Director James Clapper, who have openly criticized the president’s behavior and policies.
The press secretary denied that the move was designed to silence voices critical of Trump, claiming that it was only made to “protect classified information.”