Six former CIA directors, five former deputy directors and former director of national intelligence James Clapper. The admiral who led the operation to kill Osama Bin Laden.

According to the current occupant of the White House, this list of people who in recent times were entrusted by his predecessors with the highest levels of responsibility for protecting the United States of America are “very duplicitous” and “not good people”.

Really? Are these former guardians of the nation truly now its enemies? Were they bad when they were directly accountable for safeguarding the safety of their fellow citizens or have they only become bad since they expressed disapproval of the President’s conduct? And is censuring the professional intelligence community the action of a serious democratic leader or the wild flailing of a cornered despot?

Trump has made many ill-judged statements but I think this one of his more bafflingly ignorant comments. It beggars belief that these highly ranked, highly regarded, highly cautious and careful people, would make such critical remarks without good cause. And even more preposterous that in doing so, they have become bad actors imperilling the national interest.

The only person who seems to do that is increasingly the President, Donald Trump, himself.