Former CIA Director John Brennan reacted to President Donald Trump’s performance at a press conference with Russian President Vladimir Putin with outrage on Monday, calling on Trump’s secretary of state, national security adviser and chief of staff to resign over the President’s behavior.
“I cannot understand how the national security team can continue to abide by this and how Pompeo and Bolton and Kelly can continue in their jobs,” he told MSNBC after the press conference on Monday. “This, I think, rises to the point of good American patriots resigning in objection to that performance by Donald Trump. I’m at a loss of words to describe just how outrageous his words, his statements, his behavior has been.
“And one can only conclude that he fears Vladimir Putin and that one-on-one discussion, who knows what was discussed there,’ he continued. “And how Mr. Putin now is the master puppeteer of Donald Trump, the person who is in our oval office. Outrageous.”
Frmr CIA Director John Brennan calls on Pompeo, Kelly and Bolton to resign over Trump's behavior at presser with Putin. pic.twitter.com/C2WytIEmvN
— TPM Livewire (@TPMLiveWire) July 16, 2018
Brennan tweeted similar remarks minutes earlier, calling the performance “treasonous.”
Donald Trump’s press conference performance in Helsinki rises to & exceeds the threshold of “high crimes & misdemeanors.” It was nothing short of treasonous. Not only were Trump’s comments imbecilic, he is wholly in the pocket of Putin. Republican Patriots: Where are you???
— John O. Brennan (@JohnBrennan) July 16, 2018