Trump to CIA: I am so behind you

President-elect Donald Trump pumps his fist as he arrives during the 58th Presidential Inauguration at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, Friday, Jan. 20, 2017. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

President-elect Donald Trump pumps his fist as he arrives during the 58th Presidential Inauguration at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, Friday, Jan. 20, 2017. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Washington – President Donald Trump made no mention of the protests in Washington or around the nation at a Saturday stop at the CIA headquarters, but he did try to put his fight with intelligence agencies behind him.

Standing in front of a wall memorializing fallen officers to a mostly supportive crowd, he promised to give his full-throated support to the intelligence community – “I am so behind you,” he said – and hinted at giving them new avenues to fight the Islamic State and other terror groups.

“We haven’t used the abilities we’ve got,” Trump said. “We’ve been restrained.”

He also boasted of the crowds at his Friday inauguration and claimed he’d drawn as many as 1.5 million people. (Official estimates show he drew about 200,000 to 300,000.)

And he bragged about his “running war with the media,” saying that reports about Trump’s strained relations with the intelligence community – stoked by his comments and tweets – were overblown.

But he made no reference to how he cast the CIA and other intelligence agencies as “the same people that said Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction.” Nor did he say when he would begin receiving daily intelligence briefs that are prepped for the president.

 

 

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Greg P Bates
Greg P Bates

He had a paid audience at the speech to cheer?

Phil Woodhall
Phil Woodhall

Certainly the CIA is used to dealing with liars. It's the "hostile fool" part that bothers them.

Kathy Brooke
Kathy Brooke

You call that incoherent, rambling, factless, self centered speech mending fences. And the orange man did it in front of a wall of fallen intelligence agents. Shame on you AJC.

Ryan Lee
Ryan Lee

Trump is naturally averse to any type of "intelligence".

Lester Kramer
Lester Kramer

Of course he is almost all will be hand picked by trump thank god

Ryan L. Bays
Ryan L. Bays

By lying to them about how many people attended your inauguration speech? So odd.

Melvin J Moore
Melvin J Moore

If you listen to that whole speech that's not mending fences

lvg
lvg

Clown could not even pause from his self aggrandizing rhetoric before CIA memorial wall to acknowledge the fallen behind him. It is always all about him.Yeah he is going to support CIA when they keep investigating Trump agents colluding with Putin- Give me a Break!

carterjoseph1950
carterjoseph1950

I saw his appearance, and was thunderstruck at the man's thick-headedness. All he talked about was himself, the size of his crowds, the dishonest media, yada yada yada. And he threw the CIA a few bones, as if all of his seditious actions and words about them can be forgotten in an instant, just because he wants it so. Reminiscent of the time he dismissed his 'birther' campaign, Sorry, Trump. Not gonna wash.


And he looked exhausted, at last. This man, I am convinced, is mentally ill. (See: narcissistic personality disorder.)