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 nominates ambassador to Turkey Trump heads to Mar-a-Lago after signing bill to avert shutdown CNN, MSNBC to air ad turned down by Fox over Nazi imagery MORE to revoke his security clearance in a show of solidarity with 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.

"[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 ComeyMcCabe's 25th Amendment comments 'taken out of context,' spokeswoman says Ex-federal prosecutor: I would have 'owned' wearing a wire to record Trump Ex-federal prosecutor: 'Thank God' Whitaker is gone, Barr will bring 'integrity' back to DOJ MORE, former National Security Agency Director Michael Hayden and former Deputy Attorney General Sally YatesSally Caroline YatesHillicon Valley: House Intel panel will release Russia interviews | T-Mobile, Sprint step up merger push | DHS cyber office hosting webinars on China | Nest warns customers to shore up password security House Intel panel votes to release Russia interview transcripts to Mueller How the Clinton machine flooded the FBI with Trump-Russia dirt … until agents bit 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 Swan MuellerSasse: US should applaud choice of Mueller to lead Russia probe 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.