After heightened tension with intelligence community following the criticism of outgoing head of CIA, President Trump on statuary visited CIA headquarters in Langley.
He assured the intelligence community of his support.
“There is nobody that feels stronger about the intelligence community and the CIA than Donald Trump,” the president remarked during his visit. Trump said that he might give the CIA more support than it wanted.
“I just want to just let you know: I am so behind you. And I know maybe sometimes you haven’t gotten the backing that you wanted. And you’re going to get so much backing,” he said. “You’re going to say, ‘Please don’t give me so much backing. Mr. President, we don’t need so much backing,’” Trump continued, drawing laughs from the crowd. “But you’re going to have that. And I think everybody in this room knows it.”
Trump further boasted that most of the people in the room voted for him, said he would “end it” when it comes to Islamic extremism, criticized the press and wrongly asserted that the crowd at his inauguration stretched as far as the Washington Monument.
Trump heaped praise on his nominee to become the next CIA director, Rep. Mike Pompeo, R-Kan., and told the Langley crowd that Pompeo is “very special, a total star and “total gem.”