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 rallies in Nevada amid Supreme Court flurry: 'We're gonna get Brett' Trump: 'Good news' that Obama is campaigning again Trump boosts Heller, hammers 'Wacky Jacky' opponent in Nevada MORE to revoke his security clearance in a show of solidarity with former CIA Director John BrennanJohn Owen BrennanNew book: Putin tried to reinforce Trump’s belief in a ‘deep state’ undermining him Retired admiral resigned from Pentagon advisory committee after writing open letter to Trump Rand Paul ramps up his alliance 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 ComeyFBI memos detail ‘partisan axes,’ secret conflicts behind the Russia election meddling assessment New grounds for impeachment? House Dem says Trump deserves it for making society worse Sessions gets unexpected support - from a Democrat who wants to impeach Trump MORE, former National Security Agency Director Michael Hayden and former Deputy Attorney General Sally YatesSally Caroline YatesTime for sunshine on Trump-Russia investigation New Yorker disinvites Bannon from festival following backlash White House confirms Brennan's security clearance has been revoked MORE, among others.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.