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 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 on Thursday said he sees “all the warning signs of looming disaster” within President TrumpDonald John TrumpJustice Department preparing for Mueller report as soon as next week: reports Smollett lawyers declare 'Empire' star innocent Pelosi asks members to support resolution against emergency declaration 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.