Former CIA chief rips Trump's 'indefensible' comments about London attack

Former CIA chief rips Trump's 'indefensible' comments about London attack

Former CIA and National Security Agency head Michael Hayden in a new interview rips President Trump's "indefensible" Twitter comments in the wake of the London Bridge terrorist attack. 

Hayden in a Guardian interview questioned how anyone with a background in counterterrorism could "believe that what was tweeted was a good idea."

“It was stunning for all of us in America, and indefensible," Hayden said.

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On Sunday, Trump tweeted twice at London Mayor Sadiq Khan, arguing the Muslim mayor was being complacent and his response to the attack was "pathetic."

In both tweets, Trump misrepresented Khan's quote telling citizens there was "no reason to be alarmed." Trump insinuated Khan was talking about the terror attacks, when in reality Khan's quote was referencing increased police presence in response to the attack.

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Reaction to Trump's tweets was swift. CNN commentator Reza Aslan called Trump a "piece of s---" on Twitter, while British Prime Minister Theresa May said it was "wrong" for Trump to attack Khan, adding that the mayor was doing "a good job."