It’s astounding how often you fail to live up to minimum standards of decency, civility, & probity. Seems like you will never understand what it means to be president, nor what it takes to be a good, decent, & honest person. So disheartening, so dangerous for our Nation. https://t.co/eI9HaCec1m
— John O. Brennan (@JohnBrennan) August 14, 2018
Others are saying it's a distraction – a clear attempt to toss Omarosa off the news cycle.
The statement the White House released is dated July 26 – three weeks ago.
CNN's Kate Bennett posted the document to Twitter:
The White House passes along a copy of the Brennan statement from the president that @PressSec read today. Note the date: July 26th. Wait a second, it's almost as though they were holding it in case something else broke ... nah. pic.twitter.com/VdOy8szWo5
— Kate Bennett (@KateBennett_DC) August 15, 2018
But it's also, clearly, pure political retribution.
Reporters weigh in:
White House sends out copy of president’s statement on revoking Brennan’s security clearance. But it’s not dated today. Pool reporters are asking why:
“Statement from the President
July 26, 2018
As the head of the executive branch and Commander in Chief, I have...”
— Eamon Javers (@EamonJavers) August 15, 2018
The date on President Trump's statement about revoking John Brennan's security clearance? July 26. Three weeks ago. I guess it's just a coincidence that the White House decided to announce this as they struggle to deal with the fallout from Omarosa's book. pic.twitter.com/c6TvfmOD9e
— Kaitlan Collins (@kaitlancollins) August 15, 2018
It appears the White House held on to this for three weeks and waited for the opportune moment to drop it and change the conversation.
— Kyle Feldscher (@Kyle_Feldscher) August 15, 2018
Here are the two versions of the Brennan statement the WH put out.
The first, with the July 26 date, to some reporters, and then without the date, to the whole pool. pic.twitter.com/4mipgjunJj
— S.V. Dáte (@svdate) August 15, 2018
This is the date on the president’s statement today sent to the TV pool, stripping @JohnBrennan of his clearance. July 26 is three days after this threat was first made. The letter sent to print pool minutes later does not have the date. WH says it’s a mistake. Ok. pic.twitter.com/FV8WPFhVB4
— Jeff Zeleny (@jeffzeleny) August 15, 2018
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