Trump rips Clapper, who questioned his fitness for office

President TrumpDonald TrumpCaitlyn Jenner says election was not 'stolen,' calls Biden 'our president' Overnight Health Care: FDA authorizes Pfizer vaccine for adolescents | Biden administration reverses limits on LGBTQ health protections Overnight Defense: US fires 30 warning shots at Iranian boats | Kabul attack heightens fears of Afghan women's fates | Democratic Party leaders push Biden on rejoining Iran deal MORE on Thursday attacked James Clapper on Twitter, two days after the former director of national intelligence questioned his fitness for office. 

“James Clapper, who famously got caught lying to Congress, is now an authority on Donald Trump. Will he show you his beautiful letter to me?” Trump wrote on Twitter.


Clapper questioned Trump’s fitness for office after the president's remarks at a Tuesday night rally in Phoenix, during which Trump defended his response to violence at a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Va.

"I really question ... his fitness to be in this office," Clapper told CNN. "I also am beginning to wonder about his motivation for it, maybe he is looking for a way out." 

Trump’s accusation that Clapper lied to Congress is a reference to testimony Clapper provided several years ago about the National Security Agency’s surveillance program.

Clapper in 2013 told Sen. Ron WydenRonald (Ron) Lee WydenBad jobs report amplifies GOP cries to end 0 benefits boost Putting a price on privacy: Ending police data purchases Overnight Health Care: Biden sets goal of at least one shot to 70 percent of adults by July 4 | White House to shift how it distributes unallocated vaccines to states MORE (D-Ore.) that the United States does not collect data on Americans. Months later, Clapper apologized, saying he was mistaken in his testimony and that his response to Wyden’s question was “clearly erroneous.”

It's not clear, however, what letter Trump was referring to in his tweet.