Former CIA Director John Brennan mocked President Donald Trump on Twitter Monday in response to Trump’s jabs at retired Adm. Bill McRaven, who oversaw the 2011 raid that resulted in Osama bin Laden’s death.
Trump, in an interview with Fox News Sunday’s Chris Wallace, dismissed McRaven’s past criticisms of him as coming from a “Hillary Clinton fan” and added: “Wouldn’t it have been nice if we got Osama bin Laden a lot sooner than that?”
After Trump brought up the same point in a tweet Monday, Brennan responded:
You constantly remind us how substantively shallow & dishonest you are on so many fronts, which is why we are in such dangerous times. You would need an extremely tall ladder to get anywhere near the level of intellect, competence & integrity of Bill McRaven & your predecessors. https://t.co/uW95ZALUZ7
— John O. Brennan (@JohnBrennan) November 19, 2018
McRaven, who noted to CNN on Sunday that he “did not back Hillary Clinton or anyone else,” wrote in support of Brennan after Trump revoked Brennan’s security clearance earlier this year, itself a response to the former CIA director’s pointed criticism of the President — or, as White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said, Brennan’s “erratic conduct and behavior.”
Raven responded in a Washington Post op-ed: “I would consider it an honor if you would revoke my security clearance as well, so I can add my name to the list of men and women who have spoken up against your presidency.”
He added: “Through your actions, you have embarrassed us in the eyes of our children, humiliated us on the world stage and, worst of all, divided us as a nation.”