Former CIA Director John Brennan was reportedly “deeply saddened” by President Trump’s remarks at the Central Intelligence Agency on Saturday.
According to former CIA deputy chief of staff Nick Shapiro, Brennan believes that Trump “should be ashamed of himself” for his “display of self-aggrandizement.”
“Former CIA director Brennan is deeply saddened and angered at Donald Trump’s despicable display of self-aggrandizement in front of CIA’s Memorial Wall of Agency heroes. Brennan says that Trump should be ashamed of himself,” Shapiro said in a pair of tweets.
During his remarks on Saturday, Trump took the opportunity to blast the media for their coverage of the inauguration, accusing news networks of lying about the size of the crowd that attended the event.
“Honestly it looked like a million and half people, whatever it was it was. But it went all the way back to the Washington Monument … and by mistake I get this network and it showed an empty field, and it said we drew 250,000 people. Now that’s not bad, but its a lie,” Trump said.
Trump also denied having a “feud” with the intelligence community, blaming it on “dishonest” media and vowing to strongly support intelligence officials.
“As you know I have a running war with the media,” Trump said.
“They are among the most dishonest human beings on earth. And they sort of made it sound like I had a feud with the intelligence community. And just want to let you know that the reason you’re the No. 1 stop is exactly the opposite.”