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 BidenJoseph (Joe) Robinette BidenDem strategist says Clinton ‘absolutely’ has a role to play in 2020 It's Bernie Sanders vs. Elizabeth Warren in New Hampshire Harry Reid says he won’t make 2020 endorsement until after Nevada caucus MORE on Wednesday hit back at President TrumpDonald John TrumpAverage tax refunds down double-digits, IRS data shows White House warns Maduro as Venezuela orders partial closure of border with Colombia Trump administration directs 1,000 more troops to Mexican border MORE for revoking former CIA Director John BrennanJohn Owen BrennanOvernight Defense: Trump declares border emergency | .6B in military construction funds to be used for wall | Trump believes Obama would have started war with North Korea | Pentagon delivers aid for Venezuelan migrants Trump: I believe Obama would have gone to war with North Korea Intel agencies' threat assessment matters more than tiff with Trump 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.