Sen. John Kennedy, R-La., injected himself into the war between President Donald Trump and John Brennan on Wednesday night, branding the former CIA director as a “butthead.”
Kennedy sided with the commander in chief over his decision to yank Brennan’s security clearance because of his ongoing criticism of the Trump administration.
“Our national intelligence experts [have to] be above politics. Mr. Brennan has demonstrated that that’s not the case. He’s been totally political,” Kennedy told reporters in an interview aired on CNN.
“I think I called him a ‘butthead’ and I meant it. I think he’s given the national intelligence community a bad name. I don’t see why he would need a security clearance, I really don’t.”
“Butthead” is defined in the Merriam-Webster dictionary as “a stupid, incompetent, or annoying person.”
White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee said Wednesday that Brennan lost his clearance because of his “erratic” remarks about the president.
And Trump himself, on Twitter, quoted ex-Secret Service agent Dan Bongino, who called Brennan “a stain on the country.”
Brennan responded in an opinion piece in Thursday’s New York Times, writing: “Mr. Trump clearly has become more desperate to protect himself and those close to him, which is why he made the politically motivated decision to revoke my security clearance in an attempt to scare into silence others who might dare to challenge him.”
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