Brennan hopes GOP abandons Trump in 2019 over 'malfeasance, corruption'

Former CIA Director John BrennanJohn Owen BrennanWebb: Questions for Robert Mueller A brief timeline of Trump's clashes with intelligence director Dan Coats Trump critic Brennan praises his Iran decision: I 'applaud' him MORE said Monday it was his "sincere hope" that enough Republicans would abandon President TrumpDonald John TrumpSarah Huckabee Sanders becomes Fox News contributor The US-Iranian scuffle over a ship is a sideshow to events in the Gulf South Korea: US, North Korea to resume nuclear talks 'soon' MORE in 2019 after learning of what he called his "malfeasance and corruption."

"It is my sincere hope that the forthcoming exposure of your malfeasance & corruption will convince enough Republicans to abandon you in 2019," Brennan tweeted. "We have had enough of your whining from the White House. We need an actual leader—our Nation’s future is at stake."

Brennan quoted a tweet from Trump where he defended his decision to withdraw U.S. troops from Syria. Trump claimed that any other leader would have been widely praised for the move. 

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"I am the only person in America who could say that, 'I’m bringing our great troops back home, with victory,' and get BAD press," Trump said early Monday morning. "It is Fake News and Pundits who have FAILED for years that are doing the complaining. If I stayed in Endless Wars forever, they would still be unhappy!"

it was one of a number of tweets from Trump on Monday defending the controversial decision. Among other things, Trump said that he campaigned on withdrawing from Syria "and other places," and that he was against "never ending wars."

Trump abruptly announced earlier this month that he would withdraw troops from Syria, declaring that the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria had been defeated in the region. He has since said that the extremist group is "mostly" wiped out. 

Defense Secretary James MattisJames Norman MattisOnly Donald Trump has a policy for Afghanistan New Pentagon report blames Trump troop withdrawal for ISIS surge in Iraq and Syria Mattis returns to board of General Dynamics MORE announced that he would resign shortly after the announcement. Many GOP and Democratic lawmakers have voiced strong opposition to the move. 

Brennan, a frequent Trump critic, said on Dec. 20 that Trump's move to withdraw troops was an example of how "Trump’s impulsive and self-satisfying 'gut'" present a danger to U.S. national security.

Trump revoked Brennan's security clearance earlier this year.