It appears these days that, whenever the President says something, someone will be there with a quip. The latest “Trump-ism” to get called out involves Trump’s desire to revoke security clearance from former intelligence officials.
There to deliver the criticism this time was Obama-era White House photographer Pete Souza.
In his Instagram post, the former White House photographer shares a photo of four former presidents and jokingly asks “Wonder if you-know-who will try to revoke their security clearances, too?”
Pete Souza needs to offer a class in trolling. His shading of Trump has been a master class.— Beautifully Balanced (@AmazingSymetri) July 24, 2018
Souza’s post came in response to Trump’s announcement that he is considering revoking the security clearances of former intelligence officials, specifically speaking of those who have criticized him.
Let him try! But either way we need these four men to stand up, speak out and protect our country and their former office from further debasement.— Mark Orth (@guitarorth) July 24, 2018
Among the names on that list would be former CIA Director John Brennan and former FBI Director James Comey, two very vocal individuals who have had no issues speaking out against Trump since their departure.
Wouldn't surprise me at all. He'd do it just out of spite.— Andrea Thompson (@Ldyandrea) July 23, 2018
You can bet on it. And he’ll share everything classified with his son-in-law too.— Josh Kolchins (@JoshKolchins) July 24, 2018
Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) has specifically called for the revocation of Brennan’s clearance, claiming he has been “”monetizing his security clearance” by criticizing the President.
This pic makes me sad. I want to apologize to all past presidents. Man, I will vote for Romney if tRump goes away!— Phillipa (@odawa49) July 24, 2018
These men understand the necessity and the responsibility of holding our government's security clearance. I hope they all rush the White House and take it back for the citizens.— SCP (@Smartypantsny) July 23, 2018
He'll do anything to please his base, and be clear - his base hates not only these guys but Bush #1 too.— 🧛♂️🔮Pirate on a Deadline: EEEK! ⌨️ (@PirateWench) July 23, 2018
“Sure glad I haven’t been criticizing him,” Souza joked, alluding to the fact that it’s typically Trump’s detractors that receive the brunt of his long-winded Twitter rants.
Many of his posts have, in one way or another, trolled President Trump, sometimes while also praising Obama.
For instance, there was that time he expressed his delight in the talks over the possibility of Russian President Vladimir Putin visiting Washington.
In fact, Putin is a somewhat popular topic on his Instagram. Again, with reference to Obama’s time in office just to dig the knife in a little deeper.
It’s no secret that the current President is a laughing stock and is not respected overseas. Souza was sure to bring that up in a post, twisting that knife by making it an image of Obama.
Souza put his criticisms of the current White House in book form. Taking his “shade-throwing skills” into the world of print media, he compiled a book titled “Shade: A Tale of Two Presidents,” slated for an October 16 release date.
The book will juxtapose tweets from Trump with images of Obama.
As for Trump’s wishes to remove security clearances, White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders doubled down, stating “The president doesn’t like the fact that people are politicizing agencies and departments.”
Even if Trump can remove their security clearances, that wouldn’t silence them as private citizens.