James Clapper Admits He's Terrified Trump Has Access to the Nuclear Codes

President Donald Trump steps onto the stage at a campaign-style rally at the Phoenix Convention Center Aug. 22 2017

President Donald Trump steps onto the stage at a campaign-style rally at the Phoenix Convention Center Aug. 22 2017

During his Tuesday night campaign rally Trump lied about his Charlottesville remarks, all but promised to pardon "Sheriff" Joe Arpaio, and told supporters the left wants to take away their "heritage", which is a dog whistle to white supremacists.

CNN anchor Don Lemon was not at all happy with President Donald Trump's Phoenix, Arizona, speech Tuesday night, and he was quick to make that known in the moments following the boisterous campaign-style rally.

Clapper is a nonpartisan voice who has served in both President Barack Obama's and George W. Bush's administrations.

James Clapper told CNN after Trump's rally: "I really question his ability to be - his fitness to be - in this office, and I am also beginning to wonder about his motivation for it".

"Having some understanding of the levers of power that are available to a president if he chooses to exercise them, I found this downright scary and disturbing".

He also cited Trump's "behavior and divisiveness and complete intellectual, moral and ethical void" as reasons for his concern.

Chris Sosa is an associate editor at AlterNet.

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Trump referred to the media as "sick people" blaming it for the way it ends up misreporting matters every time . The President was widely criticized for failing to denounce white supremacists until two days after the rally.

Clapper also said he is anxious about the President's access to the nuclear codes.

"The whole system is built to ensure rapid response if necessary", Clapper said.

Since then, Clapper has often criticized Trump, but never with the edge he exhibited on Wednesday morning.

Since May, Clapper has been a Distinguished Senior Fellow for Intelligence and National Security at the Center for a New American Security, a think tank in Washington, D.C., founded by Democrats.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), who has been clashing with Trump including a "profane shouting match" on August 9, according to the New York Times, has been reportedly questioning to those around him whether Trump's presidency can survive. Bob Corker, a Republican from Tennessee and chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

Critics said Trump showed a lack of perspective in which he attacked the media and domestic political opponents than of the nation's enemies.

A reminder that we aren't even a year into his presidency.

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