Scarborough: Rand Paul's comments on former CIA director 'sad and pathetic'

MSNBC host Joe Scarborough on Monday slammed Sen. Rand PaulRandal (Rand) Howard PaulThe 25 Republicans who defied Trump on emergency declaration Overnight Defense: Senate rejects border emergency in rebuke to Trump | Acting Pentagon chief grilled on wall funding | Warren confronts chief over war fund budget 12 Republican senators defy Trump on emergency declaration  MORE (R-Ky.) for asking President TrumpDonald John TrumpJoint Chiefs chairman denies report that US is planning to keep 1K troops in Syria Kansas Department of Transportation calls Trump 'delusional communist' on Twitter Trump has privately voiced skepticism about driverless cars: report MORE to revoke the security clearance of former CIA Director John BrennanJohn Owen BrennanEx-CIA director: 'I don't have any doubt' Trump will pardon Manafort Senate Dems request probe of White House security clearances Brennan calls light Manafort sentence 'extraordinarily lenient' in light of crimes committed MORE.

Scarborough's comments on his "Morning Joe" show came after Paul tweeted that he would meet with Trump and ask the president to "revoke John Brennan’s security clearance!"


Paul also wondered whether the former CIA director was "monetizing his security clearance" in a separate tweet.

Paul's decision to target Brennan, a frequent Trump critic, was apparently in response to the former CIA director's assertion last week that Trump's remarks in Helsinki were "nothing short of treasonous." 

Brennan frequently weighs in on the Trump administration with heavy-handed criticisms of the president.

Scarborough repeatedly called Paul's tweets "sad and pathetic," while slamming the senator for having become a supporter of Trump after criticizing the president during the 2016 campaign. 

The TV host said Paul should be talking to the president about other matters than Brennan's security clearance. 

"He’s got a chance to meet with the president of the United States and talk about Donald Trump adopting the KGB’s approach to NATO [or] kowtowing to Vladimir Putin," Scarborough said. "He can talk about so many things that most Americans are concerned about — about [Trump] undermining the FBI, the director of national intelligence, the CIA." 

Scarborough then called Paul's turnaround in his support for Trump a "real tragedy." 

"You go back and listen to some of the things that Rand Paul said about Trump during the debates and now you look at him now," Scarborough said. "It is a real tragedy."  

"And yet he’s going — Rand Paul, the United States senator — is going to the White House to talk about John Brennan? How pathetic is that?" Scarborough continued.

Paul strongly criticized Trump during the 2016 campaign, even once calling him an "orange-faced windbag." But the two have become friendly and occasionally play golf together.

Paul was one of the only GOP defenders of Trump's performance during a joint press conference with Russian President Vladimir Putin last week, during which Trump appeared to cast doubt on the intelligence community's conclusion that Russia interfered in the 2016 election. 

Still, Paul has also broken with Trump, including coming out against the nomination of CIA Director Gina Haspel.