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Trump at CIA HQ in Langley, VA. 21 January 2017

Right off the bat, the US commander in chief wanted to address the elephant in the room. No, not cyber security, but the incredibly "dishonest media" ó a theme he would continuously reference throughout the speech. Standing in front of a wall that honors the 117 CIA officers who have been killed in the line of duty, Trump said that the press actually "treated him nicely" in its assessment of his speech yesterday. While many were probably expecting Trump to speak about his plans for the future of intelligence community's cyber security operations, he seemed to want to talk about anything but that. By the way, Trump's dismissal of the intelligence community's findings in the Russian hacking investigation is the real elephant in the room. But Trump had other things he wanted to talk about instead.

Trump informed the CIA crowd that we must stop "radical Islamic terrorism". And Trump talked about how great and popular he is. The president suggested that most of the people in the room probably voted for him. He said that we have to win, he also said that he feels really young, like he's 30. Trump discussed the architecture of the room. He talked about his uncle who taught at MIT and smoothly segued from that to, "Trust me, I'm like a smart person". This received a big laugh from the crowd. In general there was a warm reception in the room but it's unclear if CIA staffers or Trump staffers were the ones cheering. Basically, it looks like Trump is still campaigning.

The CIA has concluded that Russia hacked the DNC in an effort to help Trump get elected. But he has repeatedly refused to accept those conclusions as anything more than a partisan attempt to harm him with "fake news". When an incendiary dossier of unverified intelligence that accuses him of being a compromised agent for Russia was published, Trump suggested that CIA Director John Brennan was responsible for the leak. If you didn't know any of that and only saw this speech, you'd still be blissfully unaware. All the while, it's clear that we have an issue with cyber security and it's not being acknowledged.

It's almost as if Trump believed those in the room were also unaware of his contentious relationship with the agency. There was an absurd amount of time spent on his "running war with the media," and the president went off on a delusional tangent about the crowd at his inauguration (which everyone could see with their own eyes) being misreported:

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It looked honestly like a million and a half people, whatever it was, it was, but it went all the way back to the Washington Monument and I turn on, by mistake, I get this network, and it showed an empty field. Said we drew 250,000 people. Now, that's not bad. But it's a lie. We had 250,000 people.
There has not been an official count of the crowd size yet, and it's tough to find any outlet venturing a guess. Most have just stuck with side-by-side comparisons until a final number is determined. It's probably safe to say that Trump's brain truly thinks it saw 1.5 million people out there. Trump's incoming press secretary Sean Spicer spent his first press conference focusing on inauguration attendance numbers, not the president's policies or priorities. This suggests that the bombastic rhetoric from the Trump administration could just be a red herring, a distraction from the new president's actual political efforts.

Case in point, Trump has famously had a contentious relationship with the CIA over the last few months and he's done his best to discredit information that comes from the agency. His speech today was widely viewed as an attempt to reset his relationship with the intelligence community, rather than engage directly with it. Trump wrapped up by telling the gathered crowd, "I love you, I respect you, there's nobody I respect more". And then everyone went back to work investigating his ties to Russia.
I've seen presidents rightly question and/or disagree with intelligence community assessments, but I've never before seen a president equate the US intelligence community with "Nazi Germany". Trump openly agreed with the denials of the autocrat leader (Putin) of the nation that attacked US electoral institutions. I suspect the thousands of IC agents and analysts won't soon forget or forgive this reprehensible Trump behavior.
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[ Trump openly agreed with the denials of the I suspect the thousands of IC agents and analysts won't soon forget or forgive this reprehensible Trump behavior.
I guess those in intelligence who disagree with Trump will be looking for work pretty soon.

Probably high time to clean house anyway, to get the lefties out!

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I guess those in intelligence who disagree with Trump will be looking for work pretty soon.
And you're fine with losing highly motivated and highly trained intelligence people simply because Trump didn't like the negative political consequences to Putin of being exposed?

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Probably high time to clean house anyway, to get the lefties out!
Is everything in your strange dystopian world reduced to left and right? How in the hell do you even function in Americana with your rigid and myopic political prejudices?
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I've seen presidents rightly question and/or disagree with intelligence community assessments, but I've never before seen a president equate the US intelligence community with "Nazi Germany". Trump openly agreed with the denials of the autocrat leader (Putin) of the nation that attacked US electoral institutions. I suspect the thousands of IC agents and analysts won't soon forget or forgive this reprehensible Trump behavior.
Let's look at what Trump actually said instead of filtering it through a Soviet style media minder.

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And we really appreciate what you've done in terms of showing us something very special. And your whole group, these are really special, amazing people. Very, very few people could do the job you people do. And I want to just let you know, I am so behind you. And I know maybe sometimes you havenít gotten the backing that you've wanted, and you're going to get so much backing. Maybe you're going to say, please donít give us so much backing. (Laughter.) Mr. President, please, we donít need that much backing. (Laughter.) But you're going to have that. And I think everybody in this room knows it.
Full text: Trump, Pence remarks at CIA Headquarters - POLITICO

Of course the craven partisan author must have slept through the first part of Trump's speech, edited it out like you do my comments then scream about the edited results.

Trump pointed out that leaking the fake dossier was something that would happen in Nazi Germany but of course that had to be distorted into a generated grievance by the intelligence community. Including the phony dossier was clearly a political smear, Obama even objected to it being included in the briefing. Clearly it was a decision made by Obama's politicized intelligence chiefs probably CIA chief Brennan anticipating it would please the boss. What it did was further the disinformation campaign undermining Trump.
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Trumpov neither mentioned the DNC hack nor thanked the agents and analysts for definitively proving that the DNC hack was a Kremlin operation.

The embarrassing (for Trump) elephant in the room that he assiduously avoided.
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I guess those in intelligence who disagree with Trump will be looking for work pretty soon.

Probably high time to clean house anyway, to get the lefties out!

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