Ex-CIA chief: What ‘right-thinking adult’ would call Trump a role model?
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Former CIA Director John BrennanJohn Owen BrennanNew book: Putin tried to reinforce Trump’s belief in a ‘deep state’ undermining him Retired admiral resigned from Pentagon advisory committee after writing open letter to Trump Rand Paul ramps up his alliance with Trump MORE blasted President TrumpDonald John TrumpLondon terror suspect’s children told authorities he complained about Trump: inquiry The Memo: Tide turns on Kavanaugh Trump to nominate retiring lawmaker as head of trade agency MORE on Saturday for the president's tweet attacking NBA star LeBron James and CNN host Don Lemon.

Brennan, a frequent Trump critic, tweeted that Trump is having a “harmful impact” on youth in America with “lies, insults, and polarizing hate speech.”

“What responsible & right-thinking adult can point to [President Trump] as a role model for our youth?” he wrote. “Whenever he spews lies, insults, and polarizing hate speech against fellow Americans, think of its harmful impact on our young people and the way they talk, act, & treat others.”

In a tweet late Friday night, the president attacked James’s intelligence and called Lemon the “dumbest man on television” following an interview where James said that Trump was using sports to “divide us.”


The tweet drew sharp criticism from many who saw it as the latest example of the president targeting black athletes, following previous feuds with NFL and NBA players.

Longtime CBS News anchor Dan Rather tore into Trump for the tweet, calling it “racist” and “the product of petty but dangerous hatreds.”