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CIA Director: Trump ‘Avid Consumer’ of Intel, Meet 35-40 Minutes Almost Daily

CIA Director: Trump ‘Avid Consumer’ of Intel, Meet 35-40 Minutes Almost Daily

Pompeo: “I cannot imagine a statement that is any more false” than that Pres. Trump is not interested in intel

For the debut of his MSNBC show this morning, Hugh Hewitt scored the first news network interview with CIA Director Mike Pompeo.

Debunking an assertion made by some, Pompeo said he couldn’t “imagine a statement that is anymore false” than the notion that Trump isn’t interested in intel.

Pompeo stated that he personally meets with Trump for 35-40 minutes virtually every day, that Trump is an “avid consumer” of intel, and asks great questions.

Note: Pompeo began the interviewing by unequivocally stating that “this election was meddled with by the Russians.” Pompeo added that the Russian meddling “is frankly not particularly original. They’ve been doing this for an awfully long time and we are decades into the Russians trying to undermine American democracy. In some ways, there’s no news, but it certainly puts a heightened emphasis on our ability to figure out how to stop them.”

Note segundo: On his radio show, Hewitt’s Christian catchphrase is “morning glory, evening grace.” Hewitt opened the show today with “morning glory,” surely a novel experience for many MSNBC viewers.

HUGH HEWITT: Now to the second part of my conversation with CIA Director Mike Pompeo, and his answer to how he works daily with the president.

MIKE POMPEO: I’m with the president nearly every day. We have 35 or 40 minutes on his schedule. That almost always runs long, which is great. Great questions. He is a serious consumer of the product that the intelligence community delivers and I appreciate that, because I think it informs how he thinks about the world. I know that my predecessor handled it differently, wasn’t there very often. President Obama consumed his intelligence in a different way. President Trump is incredibly demanding of the intelligence community, asks us incredibly difficult questions, and then counts on myself and other leaders in the IC [intelligence community] to deliver those answers for him.

HEWITT: Some of his critics like to allege he is uninterested in facts on the ground. What do you think of that?

POMPEO: I cannot imagine a statement that is any more false than the one that would attribute president Trump not being interested in intelligence and facts when it comes to national security. He’s an avid consumer of the products we provide, thinks about them and comes back and asks great questions, and then, perhaps most importantly, relies upon that information.


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Bitterlyclinging | June 24, 2017 at 10:45 am

Mike Pompeo, first in his graduating class at West Point.
Versus the self proclaimed ‘C’ student in poly sci at Columbia whom nobody seems to remember, who somehow turned up as editor of the Harvard Law Review.

“He is a serious consumer of the product that the intelligence community delivers” …

This has been obvious to me from very early in the campaign, well before I started to support him. I initially noticed that he was tightly tuned in to the gossip in New York and Washington, DC., and that he had enough familiarity with the characters to make solid guesses as to which bit of gossip was real. Every now and then he’d make a statement, very short, indicating that he knows his history, as well.

Contrary to what the Washington Post would have us believe, this is not an unsophisticated, undisciplined, emotional, impulsive decision-maker. Anybody who acts on what the Washington Post would have us believe will be handed a crushing defeat, on his schedule.

This point is crucial for the survival of the Democratic Party at the national level: they must recognize that their last Presidential campaign was based on a pack of lies and run by criminals.

That “basket of Deplorables” is made of ordinary American citizens of good will, many of whom voted for Barack Obama, some of them twice. The rest of America did not become suddenly uneducated white male sexist, racist homophobic Islamophobes. DJT himself did not become all of those things simply by running as a Republican instead of a Democrat.

The DNC and the Clinton Campaign engaged in criminal activity, at the very least by knowingly running rent-a-mobs. There is solid proof of this, to be found in the Project Veritas videos which contain multiple admissions on video by significant Democrats, the various leaked emails, and payment records disclosed under Federal law.

The Democratic Party must address these two issues, or it will remain regional and isolated. The simple truth is most nominal Democratic voters are also people of good will, who dislike open slander of their neighbors and will not tolerate random violence against American voters.

    openeyes in reply to Valerie. | June 25, 2017 at 11:11 am

    “…The Democratic Party must address these two issues…”
    I would rather the DoJ addressed these issues. The vile, violent left has been allowed to skate for too long on these and other issues.

… and then, perhaps most importantly, relies upon that information.

But isn’t that widely believed to be part of the problem?

It is, if the Intelligence bureaucracy isn’t basically on Trump’s side.

In other words, just how much do the “intelligence community” and the Deep State overlap?

I have no idea how this could be evaluated. Investigation is nearly impossible, as any successful intelligence agency is going to be intensely secretive about its own affairs. If it’s both secretive and hostile, that would be a tough nut to crack.


    This is a VERY shrewd man we’re talking about, and one of the toughest businessmen in history.

    The Donald has settled in, surveyed the landscape, and is coming back for – as Fauxcahontas warren might say – scalps.

this story is obviously #FakeNews…

everyone knows #Drumpf is an idiot. i read all about it on line!

Unlike 0 who skipped about half of his (and it showed).

DieJustAsHappy | June 24, 2017 at 1:22 pm

“and asks great questions”

A characteristic often either overlooked or under-reported and not always appreciated about President Trump. It’s what sets him a part from some recent presidents as well as many of the political leaders from both parties.

“It is better to know some of the questions than all of the answers.” ~ James Thurber

The bigger story in all these past 8 years has been is the GOPe’s complicity with enabling a traitor holding the highest office in our nation. NEVER forget that. Those same quislings are still in office (boehner out, but Ryan is in as Squeaker II)

Obama to Boehner: ‘Man, I’m gonna miss you’:

The GOP Sellout Continues