Former CIA Director John Brennan blasted President Trump over his tough stance against critics of his declaration of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel in a tweet Thursday, saying Trump shows “qualities usually found in narcissistic, vengeful autocrats.”
“Trump Admin threat to retaliate against nations that exercise sovereign right in UN to oppose US position on Jerusalem is beyond outrageous,” tweeted Brennan, who led the CIA under former President Obama.
“Shows @realDonaldTrump expects blind loyalty and subservience from everyone—qualities usually found in narcissistic, vengeful autocrats,” he added.
Trump Admin threat to retaliate against nations that exercise sovereign right in UN to oppose US position on Jerusalem is beyond outrageous. Shows @realDonaldTrump expects blind loyalty and subservience from everyone—qualities usually found in narcissistic, vengeful autocrats.
— John O. Brennan (@JohnBrennan) December 21, 2017
Trump and U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley had warned countries against opposing the Trump administration’s Jerusalem decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital or risk losing their foreign aid.
The Hill added:
The Trump administration’s move earlier this month marked a break from decades of U.S. precedent, sparking backlash from American allies who believe the status of the city is still undecided.
France, Germany, Japan and Japan the United Kingdom were among the 128 nations in the U.N. General Assembly who voted in favor of a resolution demanding the U.S. rescind its Jerusalem decision. Nine countries abstained from the vote, and 35 opposed the resolution.
U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley also warned member states of the consequences of the vote.
“We will remember it when we are called upon once again to make the world’s largest contribution to the United Nations,” Haley said. “And we will remember when so many countries come calling on us, as they so often do, to pay even more and to use our influence for their benefit.”
Brennan has been a frequent critic of Trump ever since his refusal to acknowledge U.S. intel about Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.