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REPORT: Insecure Trump Brought His Own Cheering Squad To CIA Headquarters

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REPORT: Insecure Trump Brought His Own Cheering Squad To CIA Headquarters

President Donald Trump is not ready to relinquish the adoring, cheering crowds of rallies and stump speeches. So he decided to bring along an audience of his own to applaud and laugh at the right moments during his rambling, unfocused speech at the CIA on Saturday.

During the bizarre speech, Trump appeared to be talking about whatever came to mind, whether it was the media, his relationship with the U.S. Intel community, ISIS, or whether or not the room they were in should have columns.s.

After the event, Trump tweeted: “Had a great meeting at CIA Headquarters yesterday, packed house, paid great respect to Wall, long standing ovations, amazing people. WIN!”

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But journalists at the speech have reported that the continued applause was not coming from the area where agency personnel were seated, but rather from a group of people who appeared to have come in with Trump:

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“Watching the speech was surreal as if the lines between the actual president of the United States and a satirical caricature were effectively blurred out of existence,” Steve Benen told Rachel Maddow.

Officials are also pushing back against the perception that the CIA workforce was cheering for the president, CBS reported. 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’s lies about his relationship to the intelligence community, as well as the speech as a whole, were not well received by some former agency officials, with one calling the speech “inappropriate” and another declaring that he was “appalled” by Trump’s performance. Ex-CIA operative Glenn Carle called the remarks “embarrassing.”

Former CIA director John Brennan reacted by saying “Trump should be ashamed of himself.”

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