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Former NSA Chief Michael Hayden Steps Up Attack on Trump

Gen. Michael Hayden, former CIA Director, testifies during a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing in Dirksen Building . (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call) (CQ Roll Call via AP Images)

Michael Hayden, the former director of the CIA and the NSA, has stepped up his criticism of President Trump. According to the former intelligence chief, Trump’s attacks on the free media are downright dangerous:

The general’s tweets were a response to a tweet by former CIA Deputy Director John McLaughlin, who called “the new normal” created by Trump “scary”:

These tweets by the former spymasters were inspired by an angry Trump tweet in which the president blasted CNN for spreading “fake news” and argued that it’s a major problem for the United States that the mostly liberal network is one of the leading networks worldwide:

Hayden later explained to reporters that he felt the need to speak (or tweet) out because “the First Amendment’s sacred, even when I think it’s being abused.” Supporting a free press, he said, is and has always been “a core element” of America’s foreign policy.

“This cannot be allowed to stand as just normal,” Hayden concluded. “This is not normal.”

It isn’t the first time that the general has taken a stand against President Trump, but it certainly is the first time that he has come out with guns blazing like this. From the looks of it, the general has truly had it with the president. And that does spell trouble for Trump. After all, Hayden still has many allies in the intelligence community. If they decide to actively undermine him, he has a very serious problem.