Vice President Mike Pence, right, swears in Mike Pompeo—flanked by his wife Susan—to be director of the CIA in Washington, D.C. on January 23. Pompeo is set to hold meetings in Turkey in what will be his first foreign visit. REUTERS/JONATHAN ERNST
Bloomberg: Trump's Morphed From Spy Agency Critic to Fan, CIA's Pompeo Says
* ‘Don’t laugh,’ Pompeo says, acknowledging Trump’s past barbs
* Strike on Syria may have brought closer bonds with agencies
Not long ago Donald Trump was describing U.S. “intelligence” agencies in mocking quote marks and comparing them to Nazi Germany for damaging leaks about him. As a presidential candidate, word was he barely wanted to sit still for top-secret briefings.
Not anymore, according to Trump’s CIA director.
Mike Pompeo paints a picture of his boss as an enthusiastic consumer of intelligence briefings, including top-secret assessments of threats posed by Syria, Russia and North Korea.
In his first public speech since becoming head of the Central Intelligence Agency, the former Republican House member called the Trump administration’s relationship with the intelligence community “fantastic.” That produced enough surprised titters that he told his audience at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, “Don’t laugh. I mean that.”
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Update: CIA head: Trump has 'fantastic' relationship with intel community (The Hill)
WNU Editor: There is something about this CIA Director that just does not rub me the right way.