Former CIA director Brennan urges Pompeo, Bolton, Kelly to resign following 'treasonous' Trump-Putin summit

Former CIA Director John BrennanJohn Owen BrennanTrump denies knowledge of Barr meeting in Italy, says it would be appropriate Krystal Ball defends praise of Yang: I am not 'a Russian plant' We need answers to questions mainstream media won't ask about Democrats MORE on Monday called on members of President TrumpDonald John TrumpDemocratic senator rips Trump's 'let them fight' remarks: 'Enough is enough' Warren warns Facebook may help reelect Trump 'and profit off of it' Trump touts Turkey cease-fire: 'Sometimes you have to let them fight' MORE's Cabinet to resign in protest following the president's news conference with Russian President Vladimir Putin, asking how Secretary of State Mike PompeoMichael (Mike) Richard PompeoTrump touts Turkey cease-fire: 'Sometimes you have to let them fight' Pompeo to meet Netanyahu as US alliances questioned Washington indecision compounded the Kurds' dilemma MORE, national security adviser John Bolton and chief of staff John KellyJohn Francis KellyMORE "can continue in their jobs"

"I thought that there was nothing Donald Trump could say that would shock me, but I was wrong. I was just totally shocked at the performance of Donald Trump in Helsinki at a press conference with Vladimir Putin. I just found that it was outrageous," said Brennan to anchor Brian Williams on MSNBC immediately following Trump's press conference in Helsinki, Finland.

ADVERTISEMENT

"Even when the press gave him an opportunity to hold Russia accountable for anything, he chose to talk about Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonFarrow: Clinton staff raised concerns over Weinstein reporting Perry says Trump directed him to discuss Ukraine with Giuliani: report The Memo: Once the front-runner, Biden now vulnerable MORE, about his election, about servers," Brennan continued. "He criticized American citizens, Secretary Clinton, and others as opposed to really taking advantage of a world stage with all the world’s eyes upon them to point out how unacceptable Russia’s behavior and interference in our election and the elections of other democratic countries around the globe is. But he just shirked those responsibilities."

The commentary from Brennan, who serves as an MSNBC contributor, came after Trump and Putin met one-on-one for the first time. During the news conference that followed the two-hour meeting, Putin again denied that Russia interfered in the 2016 U.S. presidential election. Trump, meanwhile, contradicted his own intelligence agencies while saying special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerFox News legal analyst says Trump call with Ukraine leader could be 'more serious' than what Mueller 'dragged up' Lewandowski 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 MORE's investigation "is a probe that has been disastrous for the country."

"I cannot understand how the national security team can continue to abide by this and how Pompeo and Bolton and Kelly can continue in their jobs," Brennan, who served under President Obama from 2013 to 2017, said.

"This, I think, rises to the point of good American patriots resigning in objection to that performance by Donald Trump. I’m at a loss of words to describe just how outrageous his words, his statements, his behavior has been ... and how Mr. Putin now is the master puppeteer of Donald Trump, the person who is in our Oval Office. Outrageous.”

Brennan took to Twitter shortly after the TV appearance to continue the sentiment, calling Trump's rhetoric "nothing short of treasonous."

Trump during the news conference did not condemn Russian meddling in the 2016 election, opting to agree with Putin, who said "the Russia state" was not involved.

“He just said it’s not Russia,” Trump said in echoing Putin’s denials of involvement in the U.S. election. “I will say this, I don’t see any reason why it would be.”

Trump also attempted to turn the focus of a question about Russian election meddling to the Democratic National Committee's server and the deleted emails from the private server 2016 Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton used while secretary of State.

“What happened to the server?” Trump asked. “What happened to the Clinton emails?”

Prominent news anchors and hosts on MSNBC rivals CNN and Fox condemned Trump in strong terms following the press conference.

CNN's Anderson Cooper, for example called the president's performance "disgraceful," while Fox's Neil Cavuto described it as “humiliatingly embarrassing, and just a joke" shortly after the press conference ended.