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Former intel chief talks of 'beautiful letter' Trump said he wrote

Former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper on Thursday said the "beautiful letter" he sent to President TrumpDonald TrumpTrump's Facebook ban to stay in place, board rules Trump allies launching nonprofit focused on voter fraud DOJ asks for outside lawyer to review Giuliani evidence MORE after Trump won the presidential election was actually one of two similar notes he was prepared to send to whichever candidate was elected.

Clapper's comments add to an ongoing feud between himself and Trump. Clapper earlier this week blasted Trump's speech at an Arizona rally and raised questions about Trump's fitness for office. 

In response, Trump tweeted Thursday morning criticizing Clapper and asking if he would show the world the "beautiful letter" he was sent after the election. 

Clapper told CNN that a version of the same letter was going to be included in a daily intelligence briefing to the winning candidate, whether it was Trump or Democratic nominee Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonPelosi's archbishop calls for Communion to be withheld from public figures supporting abortion rights Hillary Clinton: Biden less 'constrained' than Clinton and Obama due to prior administration Biden's unavoidable foreign policy crisis MORE.

"The night before the election, we deployed two teams so that we would be ready to provide a [President's Daily Brief] the next morning to whomever won," Clapper told CNN. "I hand-wrote almost identical short notes to each of the two candidates to accompany the first brief as president-elect; only one actually got deployed — the one to him."
 
The notes prepared for both Clinton and Trump had a similar sentiment, Clapper said. Both congratulated the candidate on the victory.
 
"I went on to say that I hoped he would abide by the long-standing principle of the [intelligence chief] always telling 'truth to power,'" Clapper said.
 
Trump and Clapper have clashed over Clapper's frequent criticism of the president.
 
On Wednesday, Clapper compared Trump's contrasting speeches Tuesday and Wednesday to Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, calling the sudden character shift "disturbing."

"What caused concern is this sort of ... Jekyll-Hyde business, where he'll make a scripted teleprompter speech, which is good, and then turn around and negate it by sort of the unbridled, unleashed, unchaperoned Trump," Clapper said on CNN.