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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 administration still seizing land near border despite plans to stop building wall: report Olympics, climate on the agenda for Biden meeting with Japanese PM Boehner on Afghanistan: 'It's time to pull out the troops' MORE on Wednesday hit back at President TrumpDonald TrumpBiden administration still seizing land near border despite plans to stop building wall: report Illinois House passes bill that would mandate Asian-American history lessons in schools Overnight Defense: Administration says 'low to moderate confidence' Russia behind Afghanistan troop bounties | 'Low to medium risk' of Russia invading Ukraine in next few weeks | Intelligence leaders face sharp questions during House worldwide threats he 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.

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.

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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.