Donald Trump does things everyday that make you wonder, is this man clinically insane? Trump gave a speech to 400 Central Intelligence Agency staffers on Saturday, which was quite disrespectful to say the least.
There was, although, a misconception that people were cheering him on, but further examination showed that Trump had paid supporters to come in and cheer for him.
“Authorities are also pushing back against the perception that the CIA workforce was cheering for the president. They say the first three rows in front of the president were largely made up of supporters of Mr. Trump’s campaign.
An official with knowledge of the make-up of the crowd says that there were about 40 people who’d been invited by the Trump, Mike Pence and Rep. Mike Pompeo teams. The Trump team expected Rep. Pompeo, R-Kansas, to be sworn in during the event as the next CIA director, but the vote to confirm him was delayed on Friday by Senate Democrats. Also sitting in the first several rows in front of the president was the CIA’s senior leadership, which was not cheering the remarks.”
Trump still seems to be in campaign mode. Instead of honoring the 117 CIA officers who have fallen in the line of duty, he spent most of his speech complaining about the media’s coverage of his relationship with the intelligence community and its assessments of the crowd size at his inauguration.
Intelligence sources say many in the workforce were stunned and at times offended by the president’s tone which seemed to evolve into a version of speeches he’d used on the campaign trail.
That’s something the intelligence community will not forget.