Donald Trump speech at CIA memorial risks fueling intelligence feud - 2017-01-22

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F345.png Donald Trump speech at CIA memorial risks fueling intelligence feud January 22, 2017, Spencer Ackerman, The Guardian

Traveling to CIA headquarters in Virginia in what the White House pointed out was Trump's first official act in office, Trump stood before the agency's memorial to its dead officers and delivered an often self-referential and highly political speech that included an untruthful claim that his inauguration was better attended than those of Barack Obama.

Trump vowed "a thousand percent" support for an intelligence corps he has repeatedly and publicly insulted – including recently likening intelligence officials to "Nazi Germany" – and suggested they would have an open checkbook in his White House. Any feud between himself and the agency was the result of a dishonest press corps, the president astonished some by saying.

The speech's tone, contrasting with the solemnity typically shown to the CIA memorial, prompted the just-retired director of the agency to proclaim his disgust.

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{{cite news | first = Spencer | last = Ackerman | author2 = Sabrina Siddiqui | title = Donald Trump speech at CIA memorial risks fueling intelligence feud | url = https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/jan/21/cia-donald-trump-first-meeting | work = The Guardian | date = January 22, 2017 | accessdate = September 6, 2020 }}