Trump at the CIA

Trump at the CIA, by Paul Mirengoff.

On his first full day in office, President Trump visited the CIA at its Langley, Virginia headquarters. Trump told CIA employees he is “behind” them. He said, “I know maybe sometimes you haven’t gotten the backing that you’ve wanted, and you’re going to get so much backing.”

The visit has been harshly criticized by the mainstream media. … The mainstream media loves to attack Trump and his family members. In addition, Trump dared to blast the mainstream media during his visit.

Trump assured CIA employees that the impression he doesn’t like the CIA stems from dishonest reporting. … The mainstream media was not amused. “Trump uses CIA visit to rip media,” the Washington Post moaned in its headline for the story of Trump’s visit (paper edition).

The more interesting story than Trump vs the media:

Contrast President Trump’s visit on his first full day in office with what Barack Obama did right off the bat. One of the former president’s first moves was to order that the Gitmo detention center be closed within a year. …

My go-to source for things CIA has told me that one must distinguish between CIA officialdom and CIA rank-and-file, especially the members of the rank-and-file who put their lives on the line for America.

Some members of the brass, and certainly Brennan [the anti-Trump former CIA head], can’t stand Trump. But judging from the reaction he received at Langley yesterday, many members of the rank-and-file likely hold a contrary view of the new president or, at a minimum, are taking a wait-and-see attitude. …

If your new boss, a crass guy, comes to your house for dinner, he’s going to talk loud, brag, and possibly burp, even if you serve dinner on china handed down from your great-grandmother. But the main takeaway will be that the boss thought it worthwhile to dine with you, and that he praised you and expressed his support.