President Donald Trump took a direct shot at his former national security adviser John Bolton and ex-U.S. intelligence community leaders in a pair of tweets Tuesday morning, calling several former officials "sleazebags."
"John Bolton, one of the dumbest people I've met in government and sadly, I've met plenty, states often that I respected, and even trusted, Vladimir Putin of Russia more than those in our Intelligence Agencies," Trump wrote.
"While of course that is not true, if the first people you met from … so called American Intelligence were Dirty Cops who have now proven to be sleazebags at the highest level like James Comey, proven liar James Clapper, & perhaps the lowest of them all, Wacko John Brennan who headed the CIA, you could perhaps understand my reluctance to embrace!" he added.
Bolton, who served in the Trump administration from April 2018 to September 2019, wrote a book about his time in the White House and made wild claims about Trump's leadership style, how he conducts himself, and the general state of affairs under Trump's direction.
On Monday, Bolton told Business Insider that he and John Kelly, the White House chief of staff at the time, were "frozen to our chairs" after Trump's press conference with Putin in Helsinki in July 2018. During the event, Trump would not condemn Russia for what the U.S. intelligence community said was an attempt to sway the 2016 U.S. election through a disinformation campaign.
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