Brennan: ‘I see all the warning signs of a looming disaster,’ as does anonymous op-ed author
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Former CIA Director John BrennanJohn Owen BrennanIntel agencies' threat assessment matters more than tiff with Trump Intelligence chiefs should be commended, despite Trump's attacks on them Intel operation against Trump still going strong MORE on Thursday said he sees “all the warning signs of looming disaster” within President TrumpDonald John TrumpBill Kristol resurfaces video of Pence calling Obama executive action on immigration a 'profound mistake' ACLU says planned national emergency declaration is 'clear abuse of presidential power' O'Rourke says he'd 'absolutely' take down border wall near El Paso if he could MORE’s administration, as does the author of an anonymous op-ed that has roiled the White House.

Brennan, appearing on NBC's “The Today Show,” was responding to a question about the unidentified senior administration official who described efforts among White House staff to thwart parts of Trump’s agenda. Brennan called the official's op-ed in The New York Times “courageous.”

“It’s risky. It is so unusual as to raise questions — it’s so abnormal, these times, that people are doing abnormal things,” he said. “People have criticized me for speaking out as a former director. But I see all the warning signs of looming disaster, as does this person.”


Trump last month revoked Brennan’s security clearance, a move widely viewed as an attempt to retaliate against a frequent critic of the administration.

Brennan also said Thursday that “things are reaching a boiling point” with the Trump White House.

“What happens in the days, weeks and months ahead is going to determine just how much damage will be done to this country,” he said.

The op-ed, published Wednesday afternoon, revealed coordinated efforts among Trump administration staff to counter Trump. 

The Times described the author as "a senior official in the Trump administration whose identity is known to us and whose job would be jeopardized by its disclosure. The senior administration official criticized Trump for his "amorality" and wrote that while officials “want the administration to succeed,” they have had to work against Trump’s “misguided impulses” and parts of his agenda.