John Kerry blasts Trump's decision to revoke Brennan's clearance

John Kerry blasts Trump's decision to revoke Brennan's clearance
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Former Secretary of State John KerryJohn KerryMcCarthy hails 'whole-of-government approach' to climate Biden must compel China and Russia to act on climate The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Tax March - US vaccine effort takes hit with Johnson & Johnson pause MORE blasted President TrumpDonald TrumpFreedom Caucus member condemns GOP group pushing 'Anglo-Saxon political traditions' MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell's new free speech site to ban certain curse words Secret Facebook groups of special operations officers include racist comments, QAnon posts: report MORE for revoking former CIA Director John BrennanJohn Owen BrennanOvernight Defense: Capitol Police may ask National Guard to stay | Biden's Pentagon policy nominee faces criticism | Naval Academy midshipmen moved to hotels Republicans blast Pentagon policy nominee over tweets, Iran nuclear deal Online and frighteningly real: 'A Taste of Armageddon' MORE’s security clearance.

Kerry, a frequent Trump critic, accused the president of putting “petty politics ahead of patriotism.”

“This is putting personal petty politics ahead of patriotism and national security, end of story,” Kerry tweeted. “You expect this banana republic behavior in the kind of countries that the State Department warns Americans not to travel to, but not at home in the USA.”

Reading a statement from Trump, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders announced Wednesday that Brennan’s clearance was being revoked.


Trump said that the move was necessary to protect national security. Former national security officials typically keep their clearances so that they can advise and counsel their successors.

The president accused Brennan of using his status as a former top official to launch “unfounded and outrageous” attacks on his administration.

“Mr. Brennan’s lying and recent conduct characterized by increasingly frenzied commentary is wholly inconsistent with access to the nation’s most closely held secrets and facilities, the very aim of our adversaries, which is to sow division and chaos,” Trump said.

In addition to Brennan, Trump is considering revoking the clearance of a number of other former top officials who have been critical of Trump.