John Brennan rips Trump on Twitter about what it means to be 'presidential'
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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 took aim at President TrumpDonald John TrumpSchiff urges GOP colleagues to share private concerns about Trump publicly US-China trade talks draw criticism for lack of women in pictures Overnight Defense: Trump to leave 200 troops in Syria | Trump, Kim plan one-on-one meeting | Pentagon asks DHS to justify moving funds for border wall MORE on Twitter Monday after he blasted former White House aide Omarosa Manigault-Newman as a “lowlife.”

“While I know it’s ‘not presidential’ to take on a lowlife like Omarosa, and while I would rather not be doing so,” Trump said on Twitter Monday morning, “this is a modern day form of communication and I know the Fake News Media will be working overtime to make even Wacky Omarosa look legitimate as possible. Sorry!”


The president's remarks came shortly after Manigault-Newman released a tape that appeared to be a phone conversation with Trump, during which the president acted as if he was surprised by her firing.

In response to Trump’s attack on the former White House aide, Brennan said on Twitter: “You’re absolutely right.”

“If you were ‘presidential,’ you would focus on healing the rifts within our Nation,” Brennan continued, “being truthful about the challenges we face, & showing the world that America is still that shining beacon of freedom, liberty, prosperity, & goodness that welcomes all.”

The former CIA head has regularly criticized Trump throughout his presidency, and in an op-ed published in The Washington Post earlier this year, he vowed to continue speaking out against the president “until integrity returns to the White House.”

Last month White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said that President Trump is exploring whether to remove the security clearance for Brennan and other top Obama-era intelligence officials. 

Sanders accused Brennan, former Director of National Intelligence James ClapperJames Robert ClapperThe Hill's Morning Report - What to watch for as Mueller’s probe winds down Mueller report may be 'anti-climactic,' says ex-intelligence director Intelligence chiefs should be commended, despite Trump's attacks on them MORE, former FBI Director James ComeyJames Brien ComeyRosenstein: My time at DOJ is 'coming to an end' Five takeaways from McCabe’s allegations against Trump FBI’s top lawyer believed Hillary Clinton should face charges, but was talked out of it MORE and others of “politicizing” and “monetizing” their public service.