Clapper Explains the ‘Beautiful Letter’ Trump Tweeted He Sent Him


After former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper publicly questioned President Trump‘s fitness for office, Trump shot back by tweeting about him this morning:

This is not the first time the President has responded to critics by saying they’ve said nice things about them in the past, and CNN’s Jake Tapper reports this afternoon on what Clapper had to say about that “beautiful letter.”

As Clapper tells it, he had notes ready for both Trump and Hillary Clinton depending on the election results:

“The night before the election, we deployed two teams so that we would be ready to provide a PDB brief the next morning to whomever won,” Clapper recounted, referring to the Presidential Daily Briefing. “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.”

The note to Clinton, which went undelivered, congratulated her on her victory and said the intelligence community stood by to serve her with the best intelligence it could muster. The note to Trump said the same thing.

He said he had hoped Trump would “abide by the long-standing principal of the IC always telling ‘truth to power,'” but after seeing this tweet…

…Clapper was unhappy that the President “shot the messengers.”

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