Ex-CIA chief: What ‘right-thinking adult’ would call Trump a role model?
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Former CIA Director John BrennanJohn Owen BrennanOvernight Defense: Trump declares border emergency | .6B in military construction funds to be used for wall | Trump believes Obama would have started war with North Korea | Pentagon delivers aid for Venezuelan migrants Trump: I believe Obama would have gone to war with North Korea Intel agencies' threat assessment matters more than tiff with Trump MORE blasted President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump nominates ambassador to Turkey Trump heads to Mar-a-Lago after signing bill to avert shutdown CNN, MSNBC to air ad turned down by Fox over Nazi imagery 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.”