Commander who oversaw bin Laden raid: It'd be 'an honor' for Trump to revoke my clearance

The admiral who oversaw the 2011 Navy SEAL raid that killed al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden said Thursday he'd consider it "an honor" for President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump conversation with foreign leader part of complaint that led to standoff between intel chief, Congress: report Pelosi: Lewandowski should have been held in contempt 'right then and there' Trump to withdraw FEMA chief nominee: report MORE to revoke his security clearance in a show of solidarity with former CIA Director John BrennanJohn Owen BrennanTrump lashes out at former intel officials for criticism of Iran tweet Trailer shows first look at Annette Bening as Dianne Feinstein Webb: Questions for Robert Mueller MORE.

"[Brennan] is a man of unparalleled integrity, whose honesty and character have never been in question, except by those who don’t know him," retired Navy Adm. William McRaven wrote in an op-ed for The Washington Post.

"Therefore, I would consider it an honor if you would revoke my security clearance as well, so I can add my name to the list of men and women who have spoken up against your presidency," he wrote.

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The comments from McRaven come a day after White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders announced that Trump had stripped the security clearance from Brennan, a former Obama administration official who has been a vocal critic of Trump.

In addition, Sanders said that the White House was reviewing access to classified information for several other former government officials who have been critical of Trump, including former FBI Director James ComeyJames Brien ComeyNadler's House committee holds a faux hearing in search of a false crime We've lost sight of the real scandal Former Obama officials willing to testify on McCabe's behalf: report MORE, former National Security Agency Director Michael Hayden and former Deputy Attorney General Sally YatesSally Caroline YatesMerriam-Webster: A 200-year-old dictionary offers hot political takes on Twitter Sally Yates: Moral fiber of US being 'shredded by unapologetic racism' Trump: 'Impossible for me to know' extent of Flynn investigation MORE, among others.

Many seized on this development as a sign that Trump was targeting figures who have frequently criticized him. Trump told The Wall Street Journal on Wednesday that he drew a direct connection between special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerLewandowski says Mueller report was 'very clear' in proving 'there was no obstruction,' despite having 'never' read it Fox's Cavuto roasts Trump over criticism of network Mueller report fades from political conversation MORE's probe and his decision to revoke Brennan’s security clearance.

McRaven called out the actions in his op-ed as "McCarthy-era tactics" intended to "suppress the voices of criticism." But he added that "criticism will continue until you become the leader we prayed you'd be."

Brennan has been especially critical of the president during his time in office and responded on Wednesday to his security clearance being stripped by saying his "principles are worth far more than clearances" and that he would "not relent." 

McRaven has also not shied away from criticizing the president. In February, he said that Trump calling the media the "enemy of the people" may be the greatest threat to democracy in his lifetime.