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08/18/2018 08:28 pm ET Updated Aug 20, 2018

Trump Blasts Former CIA Director John Brennan As 'Loudmouth' After Latest Attack

Trump's tweet follows a lengthy interview in which Brennan harshly criticized Trump.

President Donald Trump attacked former CIA director John Brennan in a tweet on Saturday, calling him a “loudmouth” after Brennan said Trump was “drunk on power” and dangerous.

Trump also called Brennan a “political hack,” though Brennan told Rachel Maddow that he has never registered as a member of a political party in an interview Friday after Trump stripped him of his security clearance.

In the lengthy interview on MSNBC’s “The Rachel Maddow Show,” Brennan harshly criticized Trump for making security clearances politically partisan and using them to attempt to cudgel critics into silence. He portrayed Trump as an erratic, volatile leader capable of triggering disaster.

Trump criticized Brennan’s multiple “mistakes” while serving as CIA director in his Saturday tweet responding to the interview, but it was unclear what specifically the president was referring to.

Trump stripped Brennan’s security clearance Wednesday, blaming his “wild outbursts” on the internet — apparently referring to Brennan’s tweets — and on television.

Trump also responded to a bombshell New York Times story detailing White House counsel Don McGahn’s cooperation with special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation, tweeting: “Most transparent in history. No Collusion, No Obstruction. Witch Hunt!”

The irony of Trump’s slams against Brennan weren’t lost on the president’s Twitter followers.

CORRECTION: A previous version of this story misstated the last name of White House counsel Don McGahn. 

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