Former National Intelligence Director James Clapper invited the Twitter wrath of President Trump this morning after questioning his fitness for office on national television.
During his morning twitter tantrum, Trump blasted an angry tweet referencing a “beautiful letter” Clapper wrote to Trump. By afternoon, he wished he could take it back.
James Clapper, who famously got caught lying to Congress, is now an authority on Donald Trump. Will he show you his beautiful letter to me?
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 24, 2017
Clapper addressed the letter in question soon after, telling CNN:
“The night before the election, we deployed two teams so that we would be ready to provide a [President’s Daily Brief] the next morning to whomever won. I hand-wrote almost identical short notes to each of the two candidates to accompany the first brief as president-elect; only one actually got deployed — the one to him.”
Clapper wrote a beautiful letter to both candidates because of course he did. Because he is a professional and understands human relationships. The fact that Clapper sent the letter before calling Trump unfit ten months later adds validity to his claim rather than discrediting them.
By tweeting his ignorance of these obvious truths, President Trump has inadvertently invited more questions about his fitness for office.
Of course, the answers to those questions could not be clearer. James Clapper sees it, and most in Congress must as well. When they will find the courage to act on it is the only question left.
Sheila Norton is a writer with ten years of Capitol Hill experience. Subscribe to the OD Action email to get all the hottest news delivered right to your inbox every day at www.odaction.com