On Monday evening, President Donald J. Trump tweeted about a former CIA analyst, Phillip Mudd. According to the president, “Mudd is in no mental condition to have” a security clearance based on what he saw during an appearance on CNN.

Trump tweeted: Just watched former Intelligence Official Phillip Mudd become totally unglued and weird while debating wonderful @PARISDENNARD over Brennan’s Security Clearance. Dennard destroyed him but Mudd is in no mental condition to have such a Clearance. Should be REVOKED? @seanhannity

The appearance by Mudd (see video below) was reported on by Business Insider:

Former CIA analyst Philip Mudd got into a heated argument with Republican strategist Paris Dennard on Friday, after Dennard suggested Mudd made “more money” from consulting firms because of his security clearance.

“Your contracts and your consulting gigs pay you a lot more money because of the access that you have,” Dennard said, adding “I hope the president continues to do this,” referring to the security clearance revocations.

Mudd did not appreciate Dennard’s assertion.

“Profitable, Paris?,” Mudd asked. “Let me ask you one question. How much do you think I’m paid to do that at the request of the US government? Give me one answer and you got ten seconds. How much?”

Dennard rebutted, “I’ll ask you a question. How much are you paid for your …”

But Mudd shot back, “Answer the question! I have no contracts with the US government that pay money. Zero.”

“Phil, let’s be honest. I’m not talking about your role with the federal government,” Dennard said.

“The consulting firms that they form and that you all get is because you get more money … for having the security clearance,” Dennard added. “Stop acting like that doesn’t happen. That’s the truth!”

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  1. I WORKED FOR THE GOVERNMENT, I RETIRED, I LOST MY SECURITY. END OF STORY, I DON’T WORK THERE ANYMORE I SHOULD NOT HAVE CLEARENCE, PERIOD!

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