Former CIA chief John Brennan has expressed “deep worry and concern” about America’s leadership and national security, because President Donald Trump is "unstable, inept, inexperienced, and also unethical."
In an interview with MSNBC on Friday, Brennan said he believed Trump was "ill-prepared" to discharge the duties of commander-in-chief, particularly on international issues.
"It is no secret to anybody that Donald Trump was very ill prepared and inexperienced in terms of dealing with matters that a head of state needs to deal with, head of government, and I think this is now coming to roost," he said.
Brennan said he was rattled by Trump’s Twitter attack against Alec Baldwin over the actor’s portrayal of the president on television, which came at a time when Russian President Vladimir Putin boasted of his nation’s nuclear capabilities.
Alec Baldwin, whose dying mediocre career was saved by his terrible impersonation of me on SNL, now says playing me was agony. Alec, it was agony for those who were forced to watch. Bring back Darrell Hammond, funnier and a far greater talent!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 2, 2018
The Russian president told lawmakers this week that new intercontinental ballistic missiles developed by the country could hit any target in the world.
“When I hear what Vladimir Putin was saying about the nuclear capabilities he has [and] then the president of the United States is tweeting about Alec Baldwin this morning, I mean, where is your sense of priorities?” the former CIA director asked.
"Our country needs to have confidence that we’re going to be able to deal with Mr. Putin, who is flexing his muscles once again on the military front, that we can deal with North Korea, that we can deal with these issues,” he said.
“And if we have somebody in the Oval Office who is unstable, inept, inexperienced, and also unethical - we really have rough waters ahead.”
On the domestic front, Brennan also expressed concern over Trump’s ability to effectively run the administration.
White House staff secretary Rob Porter resigned recently after accusations of domestic violence were revealed, and communications director Hope Hicks stepped down a day after she admitted lying for the president. Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner has also been stripped of his top security clearance.