On Thursday, CNN’s Chris Cuomo hammered Republican Mike Shields over his “hypocritical” defense of President Trump’s revocation of security clearances.
President Donald Trump revoked the security clearance of former CIA director John Brennan — a moved that was viewed as unprecedented.
“The president took his revenge on John Brennan, and now Trump has reportedly told his advisers he’s eager to strip more security clearances,” Cuomo said.
“I think that Brennan has done a huge disservice to the men and women in our intelligence community,” Shields said. “I have tremendous respect for the thousands of men and women who work every day to keep us safe. I’m glad to hear the Democrats are finally admitting that these people matter. They’re now coming to their defense and talking about the intelligence community.”
“I’m not going to leave the intelligence agencies and become a partisan who attacks the millions of Americans’ views on this,” Shields said.
With a confused look, Cuomo interrupts Shields and asked him to clarify his point.
“Wait. Hold on. So you’re criticizing the Democrats for the hypocrisy of going after the intelligence community and now supporting them?” he asked. “But you say you support the intelligence community but have no criticism for the president who has called them the worst things we have ever heard about them. You just ignore that?”
Shields then continued to defend the president, but Cuomo would not let him off of the hook.
“There is this stench of hypocrisy coming out of you because you don’t see the president as equal or greater an egregious example of the same ills,” Cuomo said.
He added, “The man has pilloried the intelligence community from the jump in a way we’ve never seen. He dismisses the reality of Russian interference only to the extent that it suits his own personal political aims. And you criticize the Intel guys, who are far less influential than the president.”
Cuomo called out Shields for not being disturbed by President Trump’s actions.
“He says things, and you say he’s lacking the fundamental integrity, and he’s not dealing with it, and he’s undermining the intelligence community. But you are not similarly bothered by the president. How not?”
Watch the video below via CNN.