Ex-CIA chief John Brennan goes off on Trump's Iran moves: This is 'madness'

Ex-CIA chief John Brennan goes off on Trump's Iran moves: This is 'madness'
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Former CIA Director John BrennanJohn Owen BrennanBrennan shreds 'misleading & highly politicized' Barr memo Attorney General Barr puts former intel bosses on notice Iranian president: 'Situation is not suitable for talks' with US MORE on Tuesday slammed President TrumpDonald John TrumpNASA exec leading moon mission quits weeks after appointment The Hill's Morning Report — After contentious week, Trump heads for Japan Frustration boils over with Senate's 'legislative graveyard' MORE for his decision to withdraw the U.S. from the Iran nuclear agreement, calling the move a "threat to national security."

Brennan, an Obama Cabinet official who has vocally criticized Trump, argued in a tweet that his Iran decision would weaken Trump's hand in pushing to curb North Korea's nuclear program this year.

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"Today, Donald Trump simultaneously lied about the Iranian nuclear deal, undermined global confidence in US commitments, alienated our closest allies, strengthened Iranian hawks, & gave North Korea more reason to keep its nukes," Brennan tweeted.

"This madness is a danger to our national security," he added.

Trump announced Tuesday at the White House that the U.S. would pull out of the multination agreement that sought to curb Iran's nuclear program, calling the deal "horrible" and "one-sided."

“Today’s action sends a critical message: The United States no longer makes empty threats,” Trump said. “[The deal] didn’t bring calm, it didn’t bring peace, and it never will."

The leaders of France, Germany and the United Kingdom released a statement denouncing Trump's move while pledging their commitment to upholding the 2015 agreement negotiated by the Obama administration.

“Our governments remain committed to ensuring the agreement is upheld, and will work with all the remaining parties to the deal to ensure this remains the case including through ensuring the continuing economic benefits to the Iranian people that are linked to the agreement,” they said.