John O. Brennan

What they’re saying: Trump takes heat for his bin Laden raid comments

Robert O'Neill
Former Navy SEAL Robert O'Neill, who claims to have fired the shots that killed Osama bin Laden. Photo: Phillip Faraone via Getty Images

In a pair of Monday morning tweets, President Trump doubled down on remarks he made Sunday about how past administrations and military leaders should have captured Osama bin Laden sooner than they did.

The big picture: The comments have drawn criticism from former intelligence officials and veterans who view Trump's comments as unbecoming of the commander in chief. In a Washington Post op-ed published before Trump's tweets Monday morning, former NATO supreme allied commander Wesley Clark said that despite to Trump's personal belief that he honors and respects the military, his behavior in office suggests otherwise.

Ted Cruz blasts John Brennan for endorsing Beto O'Rourke

Sen. Ted Cruz speaking at a debate
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Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) criticized former CIA director John Brennan on Friday for endorsing Cruz's Democratic challenger Beto O'Rourke, tweeting:

"John Brennan ... has now endorsed Beto. Brennan led the CIA while we undermined and weakened Israel, strengthened North Korea, ignored ISIS, and gave billions to Iran. Birds of a feather..."

Why it matters: Brennan has said that he doesn't belong to any political party, but he has admitted to having voted for the leader of the Communist Party USA in 1976, as Cruz pointed out in his tweet. Meanwhile Cruz is still ahead of O'Rourke in all recent polling, but the race is far closer than originally expected.