In Speech to a the CIA, Trump Offers to Build Them a Room Without Columns: ‘Do You Understand That?’
The_Real_Fly, Zerp Hedge, Jan 21 2017
At the end of Trump’s speech to a room filled with 400 employees of the CIA, Trump said rather cryptically that maybe he’d build them a bigger room “by someone who knows how to build and we won’t have columns, do you understand that?”
Here is the full speech.
For those of you who are fucking retards and haven’t the slightest clue what that could mean, I suggest you read up on the fifth column theories, which are essentially the existence of a shadow government. “A fifth column is any group of people who undermine a larger group such as a nation or a besieged city from within, usually in favor of an enemy group or nation. The activities of a fifth column can be overt or clandestine. Forces gathered in secret can mobilize openly to assist an external attack. This term is also extended to organized actions by military personnel. Clandestine fifth column activities can involve acts of sabotage, disinformation, or espionage executed within defense lines by secret sympathizers with an external force.” Indeed. A new room, built by a capable architect, without columns, sounds awfully good to me.
Here is the reaction from the network talking heads – RB:
Ex-DCI Brennan bashes Trump over speech during CIA visit
Ryan Browne, Jeff Zeleny, Kevin Liptak, CNN, Jan 22 2017
Former DCI Brennan is “deeply saddened and angered” at Pres Trump after the commander in chief addressed CIA employees at their headquarters in Langley, Virginia, on Saturday, Brennan’s former deputy chief of staff says. Trump spent much of his speech focusing on the size of the crowd size at his inauguration, his appearance on magazine covers and saying he “has a running war with the media.” Nick Shapiro said in a statement:
Former DCI Brennan is deeply saddened and angered at Donald Trump’s despicable display of self-aggrandizement in front of CIA’s Memorial Wall of Agency heroes. Brennan says that Trump should be ashamed of himself.
One source who attended Trump’s appearance said many people there were troubled by the political aspect of the remarks, in which the president speculated about how many people in the room may have voted for him. The source said:
We are not political in that way. Talking about whether we voted for Trump is offensive and foreign to us by the president. Many people felt used and awkward throughout. Of course there was applause, but it was uncomfortable.
Trump’s visit, his first official one since becoming President, was seen as part of a bid to mend fences after he strained relations with intelligence officials by repeatedly casting doubt on their assessment that Russia had carried out cyber-attacks during the campaign. He also suggested that the intelligence community was leaking information about the investigation to the press, taking to Twitter to slam Brennan, a 25-year veteran of the agency. The President sought to send a message of support to the intelligence community following the turbulent transition, telling the 300 employees in attendance after receiving intelligence briefings from top agency officials:
I am so behind you. I am with you 1,000%. here is nobody that feels stronger about the intelligence community and the CIA than Donald Trump. I love you. I respect you. We’re going to start winning again, and you’re going to be leading the charge.
Trump blamed the “dishonest” media for the perceived rift with the intelligence community. Many observers had commented on the unmatched level of skepticism Trump had directed at the pindo intelligence apparatus, and other speakers Saturday addressed the relationship between presidents and the intelligence community. Acting DCI Meroe Park said prior to introducing Trump and Vice Pres Pence:
CIA’s relationship with the president has been essential to our nation’s strength and security.
Vice Pres Pence told the assembled group:
I can assure you this new President and our entire team recognizes and appreciates the sacrifices of all of the men and women of the intelligence community of the United Snakes of Pindostan.
The CIA audience was separated into two sections: a main area of all agency staff and a separate section directly in front of the stage that consisted of senior agency leadership, including agents. During Trump’s address, the senior leadership stood the entire time. When Trump began drifting into political topics, the main crowd broke into cheers and applause at points. The senior leadership remained stoic, and did not applaud the political lines. The ranking Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee issued a statement shortly after Trump’s visit ripping the new president. Adam Schiff said:
While standing in front of the stars representing CIA personnel who lost their lives in the service of their country – hallowed ground! – Trump gave little more than a perfunctory acknowledgment of their service and sacrifice! Pres Trump meandered through a variety of other topics unrelated to intelligence. He will need to do more than use the agency memorial as a backdrop if he wants to earn the respect of the men and women who provide the best intelligence in the world.
The visit comes amid questions regarding the status of Trump’s choice to run the agency, Mike Pompeo. The CIA, currently being led by Park, is lacking a permanent chief as the Senate has delayed Pompeo’s confirmation vote until Monday, with Democrats citing concerns about his positions on surveillance and other issues. Pompeo, who was at the CIA with Trump, has encountered some controversy after he submitted responses to a Senate questionnaire where he said he would consider bringing back waterboarding and other enhanced interrogation measures under certain circumstances. Republicans have slammed the delay, with Sen. Tom Cotton of Arkansas issuing a statement, saying:
The Democrats are obstructing the nomination of Mike Pompeo as CIA director for no good reason. I hope the Jihadis take the weekend off from trying to kill Pindostanis.