In his first visit to a government agency, US President Donald Trump voiced his strong support for the CIA and the intelligence community. Trump has been involved in Russian hacking controversies and has faced the accusations that Russia helped him win the presidency.
During the presidential transition period, a disagreement arose between US intelligence community and then President-elect Trump, who even said intelligence tactics were reminiscent of Nazi Germany.
Trump’s ongoing feud with the CIA and other US intelligence agencies has caused dissatisfaction among the part of the public, already opposed to his policies.
Delivering a speech in front of CIA officials in Langley, Virginia, President Trump noted how “Very, very few people could do the job you people do and I want you to know I am so behind you,” Trump said, to cheers and loud applause.
In his speech, Trump made no mention of Russia, but accused the media they ‘made up’ his conflict with the intelligence community.
Once again, Trump blasted journalists, and said reporters were “among the most dishonest human beings on earth.”
Former CIA deputy director, Michael Morell said that Trump’s visit would be ‘an important and positive gesture’.
The real test of the relationship between the president and his most important intelligence agency, though, will depend on how open he is to what CIA has to say about what is happening in the world.
The new President has also repeated that fighting the Islamic State and radical Islamic terrorism will be one of the top priorities of his administration.