A former deputy director of the CIA had some harsh words for Donald Trump’s transition efforts so far.
“I’m watching a clown show,” Philip Mudd, now a counterterrorism analyst for CNN, told the network’s Wolf Blitzer on Tuesday.
He compared Michael Flynn, the incoming National Security Advisor, unfavorably to some of the “remarkable servants” who have held the position in previous Republican administrations.
“We transition now to a national security adviser in a political realm who argues that an opponent on the stump should be locked up in prison and who argues that a billion plus Muslims should be grouped together. And then we go on to argue that that individual’s son, who retweets fake news, should be given access to top secrets.”
Flynn’s son, Michael Flynn Jr., who has been serving on the transition team, spread fake news stories on Twitter including right-wing conspiracy theories about a Washington pizza place.
On Sunday, a man with an assault rifle turned up at the pizza place to “self-investigate” the fake news story, police said.
Flynn’s son has since been fired, but the transition team had reportedly tried to get him a security clearance.
Mudd was not impressed with what he called a “clown show.”
“I’ve had it with this, Wolf,” he said. “I want to see a transition from a campaign to reality, and I don’t see it yet.”