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

Former CIA Director John BrennanJohn Owen BrennanTen post-Mueller questions that could turn the tables on Russia collusion investigators Overnight Defense: House votes to end US support for Yemen war | Vote expected to force Trump's second veto of presidency | More Russian troops may head to Venezuela | First 'Space Force' hearing set for next week After Mueller report, investigate FISA abuse MORE said Monday it was his "sincere hope" that enough Republicans would abandon President TrumpDonald John TrumpThorny part of obstruction of justice is proving intent, that's a job for Congress Obama condemns attacks in Sri Lanka as 'an attack on humanity' Schiff rips Conway's 'display of alternative facts' on Russian election interference 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 MattisTrump learns to love acting officials Shanahan says he's 'never favored' Boeing as acting Defense chief Trump moves to install loyalists 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.