Retired U.S. Navy Admiral William McRaven, who oversaw the 2011 Navy SEAL raid that killed al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden, asked President Trump on Thursday to revoke his security clearance in a show of solidarity with former CIA Director John Brennan, whose clearance was cut by Trump.
“[Brennan] is a man of unparalleled integrity, whose honesty and character have never been in question, except by those who don’t know him,” McRaven wrote in an op-ed for The Washington Post.
“Therefore, I would consider it an honor if you would revoke my security clearance as well, so I can add my name to the list of men and women who have spoken up against your presidency,” he wrote.
McRaven’s comments come a day after White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders announced that Trump had stripped the security clearance from Brennan, a former Obama administration official who has been a vocal critic of the president.
Sanders also said that the White House was reviewing access to classified information for several other former government officials who have been critical of Trump, including former FBI Director James Comey, former National Security Agency Director Michael Hayden and former Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates, among others.
McRaven called out the actions in his op-ed as “McCarthy-era tactics” intended to “suppress the voices of criticism.”
“Criticism will continue until you become the leader we prayed you’d be,” he added.