HBO host Bill Maher labeled President Trump a “traitor” on Friday during his interview with former CIA Director John Brennan, while asking why other political figures seem reluctant to call out Trump for his rhetoric.
Over the course of the interview, Maher tore into Trump for remarks made during a summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin, where Trump seemed to align himself with Russia’s explanation for election meddling over his intelligence agencies.
“He takes their side and not ours. That’s a traitor,” Maher said.
“You, Brennan, used terms like that, after Helsinki, you said it was ‘nothing short of treasonous,’ which, to me, sounds like treasonous,” Maher continued.
Brennan replied, stating that the label is what “came to his mind” following the controversial summit with Putin, as Maher pressed him further.
“He’s not on our side. You’re not on our side, if you’re attacking our generals, you’re not on our side,” Maher said.
The president recently attempted to undermine Brennan alongside other by claiming that they were “profiting” off of their security clearances, a charge which Brennan has vehemently denied.
“Mr. Brennan’s lying and recent conduct characterized by increasingly frenzied commentary is wholly inconsistent with access to the nation’s most closely held secrets and facilities,” the president argued in the statement this past week.
Brennan reacted over the course of several interviews, denouncing the accusations and writing on Thursday on Twitter that Americans were witnessing the “collapse” of the Trump administration.
“I take no delight in seeing the steady collapse of a U.S. Presidency, but I do take strong comfort in knowing that the rule of law & our great government institutions are prevailing. Things ultimately will get better, and we will heal as a Nation,” he tweeted.
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