Former CIA and and NSA director Michael Hayden suffered a stroke near his home earlier this week, officials said.Hayden’s family confirmed the news to CNN in a statement, but did not elaborate on how severe the stroke was.Current CIA director Gina Haspel spoke about Hayden after hearing about his condition.
“On behalf of the men & women of CIA, I want to wish Gen. Hayden a speedy recovery,” Haspel wrote. “Mike’s long career of public service & commitment to national security continue to be an inspiration to all intelligence officers. Our thoughts are with Mike, Jeanine, & their family.” Hayden, 73, served under both the George W. Bush and Obama. He’s a retired Air Force general and now works for CNN as a security analyst.
Hayden has been a sharp critic of President Trump since he was elected in 2016.