Ex-CIA Director Endorses Deporting Trump Supporters to Afghanistan
Michael Hayden faces fire after tweet
Michael Hayden, the former director of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and National Security Agency (NSA), approved the idea of sending the "MAGA wearing" Trump supporters to Afghanistan.
The retired four-star Air Force General responded to a tweet from an account that replied to him.
The tweet wrote:
Good idea https://t.co/pn6xcWTtc8— Gen Michael Hayden (@GenMhayden) August 22, 2021
“Good idea,” Hayden replied.
The tweet drew massive criticism across social media.
Hayden later retweeted an image juxtaposing the Taliban riding into Kabul with MAGA supporters at a car rally, captioning: “Their Taliban, Our Taliban.”
"Wow. Hate much," tweeted one user.
"Wow, with all of your experience, if you can’t tell the difference between a real threat and media hype…and retweeting this crap? Swampier than most" wrote another user.
"The CIA is a joke," read another Tweet.
Hayden served under the administration of President George W. Bush as the director of the NSA from 1999-2005 and CIA from 2006-2009.
He became known for orchestrating the NSA’s warrantless wiretapping program of American citizens, which was later exposed in the Pulitzer Prize-winning report by the New York Times in 2006.
Unsurprisingly, Hayden is a vocal critic of President Donald Trump and appeared regularly on cable news, and is also a national security analyst for CNN.
In his book, “The Assault on Intelligence: American National Security in an Age of Lies," he attacks Trump further.
He also encouraged people not to work for the Trump administration during an interview with Yahoo earlier this year.
Hayden faced backlash in 2018 when he tweeted a picture of the infamous Auschwitz concentration camp in an attempt to criticize President Donald Trump’s immigration policies.