WASHINGTON (KXAN) — William McRaven, who until May was the chancellor of the University of Texas system, has called on the president to revoke his security clearance.
Former CIA director John Brennan’s clearance was revoked Wednesday after Brennan criticized the president. The president’s decision was described by the Associated Press as an unprecedented act of retribution.
McRaven, the retired admiral who oversaw the raid that killed Osama bin Laden in 2011, said in an editorial in The Washington Post that Brennan “is one of the finest public servants I have ever known.”
He continued, “Few Americans have done more to protect this country than John. He is a man of unparalleled integrity, whose honesty and character have never been in question, except by those who don’t know him.”
McRaven, addressing Trump, said his actions have “embarrassed us in the eyes of our children, humiliated us on the world stage and, worst of all, divided us as a nation.”
The retired admiral warned the president that his “McCarthy-era tactic” to suppress voices of criticism would not work.
“The criticism will continue until you become the leader we prayed you would be,” McRaven concluded.
In April 2017, McRaven commended President Trump for taking “decisive” action against Syria.