"He should have quit while he was ahead after last night", Clapper referring to Trump's announcement on U.S. strategy in Afghanistan.
Clapper also cast doubt on whether Trump is able to lead: "I really question his. fitness to be in this office".
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"I went on to say that I hoped he would abide by the long-standing principle of the [intelligence community] always telling 'truth to power, '" Clapper told CNN. "What I'm simply saying is... those are the kinds of questions that other intelligence services are now looking at us to determine answers".
"I worry, frankly, about access to the nuclear codes", he said. Tuesday night, in which he berated the media, threatened to shut down the government over funding for his proposed border wall and defended his statements in the wake of violent white nationalist demonstrations in Charlottesville, Va. He said his rally in Phoenix on Tuesday night was "enthusiastic, dynamic and fun". "Wyden's staff soon after the hearing, I can now openly correct it because the existence of the metadata program has been declassified", he said.
The network then wallpapered the screen with boxes of pundits who assessed Trump as "mentally unstable", "psychotically demented", and "bat-crap insane".