Biden to Trump: If you think revoking Brennan's clearance will silence him, 'you just don't know the man'

Biden to Trump: If you think revoking Brennan's clearance will silence him, 'you just don't know the man'
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Former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenBiden, Eastland and rejecting the cult of civility Inslee unveils plan to fight fossil fuel pollution Biden lays out immigration priorities, rips Trump for 'assault on dignity' MORE on Wednesday hit back at President TrumpDonald John TrumpConway defends herself against Hatch Act allegations amid threat of subpoena How to defuse Gulf tensions and avoid war with Iran Trump says 'stubborn child' Fed 'blew it' by not cutting rates MORE for revoking former CIA Director John BrennanJohn Owen BrennanTrump critic Brennan praises his Iran decision: I 'applaud' him Schumer: Trump must get congressional approval before any military action against Iran 'Fox & Friends' co-host Kilmeade: Trump needs to 'clarify' comments on accepting foreign campaign intelligence MORE’s security clearance.

In a tweet, Biden warned the president that revoking Brennan’s clearance won’t “silence” the frequent Trump critic.

“In the time I have known him, John Brennan has never been afraid to speak up and give it to you straight,” Biden tweeted. “Revoking his security clearance is an act unbecoming of a President. If you think it will silence John, then you just don't know the man.”

Trump announced Wednesday that he was revoking Brennan’s clearance, following through on what he said last month was under consideration.


In a statement read by White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders during a briefing, Trump painted the move as necessary to protect national security interests.

Brennan, who served under former President Obama, is one of several former top officials who have become harsh critics of the administration. Trump is also considering revoking security clearance for a number of others.

The former CIA chief wrote in a tweet that the president’s decision is part of an effort to “suppress freedom of speech and punish critics.”

He said on MSNBC that he found out about his clearance being revoked when he saw it on television, and has not heard from any White House officials.