Officials Say Trump's 'Uncomfortable' Visit to CIA Made Relationship With Agency Worse

- neil pessall (@neilpX) January 21, 2017For the history books: Trump used his first full day as president to smear a reporter and attack free press. Trump was speaking before the agency's Memorial Wall, a space honoring CIA personnel who have died in the line of duty. Trump himself has denied most of the assessment, though eventually conceded Russian Federation was behind the hacking of Democratic emails during the campaign.

The Senate began its first day of business today with the new president in office.

Mr. Trump has publicly accused the intelligence community of leaking the unverified dossier in order to embarrass him. "They are among the most dishonest human beings on earth, right?" He spent a brief amount of time praising the organization and the rest talking about himself. "I turned on the TV, and it showed an empty field, and it said we drew 250,000 people", said the President. I said, 'Wait a minute!

To make it a rally speech with some offhanded attempts at humour was disrespectful, in their view. He said that was a lie, and that by his estimation there were a million and a half people at the event.

Trump's transition team went after the CIA's conclusions about the Russian cyber attacks, pointing out that Central Intelligence Agency employees were wrong when they claimed - just before the invasion of Iraq - that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction.

Get free real-time news alerts from the Mclean Patch. He kidded around with the agents, presuming majority voted for him, but he wasn't going to ask for a raise of hands.

In his speech at the CIA headquarters, Trump went a step ahead and warned his intelligence officials and the American nation that the war against the radical form of Islam was far from over.

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Markey said that was not enough to reassure Americans of his objectivity, adding that Pruitt should commit to a blanket recusal. Pruitt also disagreed with his would-be boss, Trump, who once tweeted that climate change is a "hoax" started by China.

"Not quite a 'this hallowed ground moment, '" the official said.

An insider says around 40 people were invited by Trump, VP Mike Pence, and Representative Mike Pompeo.

But the fact is that Trump belittled the intelligence community's work and questioned its motives in a series of statements and tweets before and after the election.

Using his personal Twitter account the newly installed president wrote: "Had a great meeting at CIA Headquarters yesterday, packed house, paid great respect to Wall, long standing ovations, wonderful people".

What I do find outrageous is equating an intelligence community with Nazi Germany. Mass protests were being held around the country and across the world in solidarity with Washington marchers.

The White House press secretary was lambasted over the weekend for insisting that the crowd for Trump's inauguration in Washington, DC, was the "largest ever".


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