John Brennan says he won't criticize Trump and ignore him instead: 'I leave his legacy to trash heap'

The former CIA chief recently slammed the incumbent over his refusal to concede defeat to Joe Biden

                            John Brennan says he won't criticize Trump and ignore him instead: 'I leave his legacy to trash heap'
John Brennan, Donald Trump (Getty Images)

Former CIA director John Brennan on Monday, November 23, said he will henceforth stop his staunch criticism of outgoing President Donald Trump and ignore him besides ending referencing him on Twitter. He said he has decided to leave the GOP incumbent’s fate to the country’s “judicial system, his infamy to history, & his legacy to a trash heap”. The 65-year-old Brennan, who was the last CIA chief of the Barack Obama years and served between 2013 and 2017, came up with a series of tweets.

In one, he said: “For four years, I spoke out vigorously against Donald Trump’s craven dishonesty, corrupt pursuit of personal interests, & trampling of our democratic principles. After serving over three decades in national security, I felt compelled to condemn Trump’s depravity & incompetence.”


In the second post, the veteran wrote: “My outspokenness has brought criticism, retaliation by the Trump Administration, & threats by those blinded by Trump’s demagoguery. Yes, it is unusual for a former CIA Director to speak out, but when an autocrat descended upon the White House, silence was not an option for me.”


He then added in another post that he now plans to ignore Trump. “I now plan to ignore Trump. I leave his fate to our judicial system, his infamy to history, & his legacy to a trash heap. The national security team of P-E Biden and VP-E Harris has numerous challenges ahead of it & wise national security policies merit strong bipartisan support,” he added in his third post.


Brennan’s final tweet of the thread read: “And while I will refrain from referencing Donald Trump in Twittersphere again, I will not hesitate to denounce public officials of any political stripe who I believe betray the trust of the American people or engage in unethical, unprincipled, or corrupt activities. I promise.”


Brennan, who hailed the new team that President-elect Joe Biden has picked to run his incoming administration, saying it was an “excellent start”, has been one of Trump’s most vocal critics. The man, who also worked under the Republican administration of George W Bush in the capacity of the acting director of the National Counterterrorism Center (2004-05), had once called Trump a “charlatan” and warned him that the US would triumph over him one day. He attacked the incumbent president whenever he got opportunities in the media, including televisions and op-eds besides Twitter.


Brennan recently slammed Trump over his refusal to concede

Brennan recently blasted Trump over his refusal to concede defeat to Biden after it was projected in the media that the Democrat was set to win the 2020 presidential election. Speaking to a panel on MSNBC, he said Trump showed the same kind of behavior that authoritarian rulers in other countries exhibit whereby individuals try to retain power by all means necessary. 
However, Trump’s resistance to the election results has seemed to be weakening with each passing day as his effort to seek legal remedy to turn around the election results has produced little results. The same day Brennan shot his tweets, the General Services Administration (GSA), which had been blocking the transition procedure from Trump to Biden, ascertained the election for the former vice president and flagged off the transition ball to roll.

Though Trump tweeted on Tuesday, November 24, saying the GSA doesn’t determine who the next president will be, observers were of the opinion that his administration has started reading the writing on the wall.


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