Posted on August 16, 2018
White House press secretary Sarah Sanders announced the decision by reading a statement from Mr Trump. The statement cited Mr Brennan’s “erratic conduct and behaviour”. In response, Mr Brennan tweeted that the move was part of President Trump’s broader effort to “suppress freedom of speech and punish critics. It should gravely worry all Americans, including intelligence professionals, about the cost of speaking out. “My principles are worth far more than clearances. I will not relent.” Mr Brennan earlier said Mr Trump’s performance at a briefing after July’s summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki had been “nothing short of treasonous”.