While speaking to assembled reporters before getting on Air Force One on Friday, President Donald Trump gave himself generous praise for revoking former CIA Director John Brennan’s security clearance.
“I know I’ve gotten tremendous response from having done that, because security clearances are very important to me,” he said. “Very, very important. I’ve had a tremendous response for having done that.” He reiterated that his action was directly tied to the Russia investigation, or “rigged witch hunt,” as Trump calls it.
Many former security leaders have spoken out to criticize the President’s unprecedented move.
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— Josh Marshall (@joshtpm) August 17, 2018