Pompeo rejects notion of ‘deep state’ at CIA

Pompeo rejects notion of ‘deep state’ at CIA
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CIA Director Mike PompeoMichael (Mike) Richard PompeoUS embassy in Sri Lanka warns against visiting places of worship Kim Jong Un's 'long yet necessary road' toward reaffirming alliances The Hill's Morning Report - Trump tells House investigators 'no' MORE on Sunday rejected the possibility of a "deep state" existing at the CIA, defending his agents as "patriots of the truest and highest order."

When host John Dickerson asked the CIA chief on CBS News's "Face the Nation" whether there is a group of employees at his agency seeking to undermine the Trump administration, Pompeo responded, "No sir." 

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"Has there ever been one?" Dickerson asked.

"Sir, I've only been there for a little while. I can’t believe that it's ever been there. These are professionals who sacrifice so much to serve America. They're patriots of the truest and highest order," Pompeo responded.

The former lawmaker's remarks come after President TrumpDonald John TrumpForget the spin: Five unrefuted Mueller Report revelations Lara Trump: Merkel admitting migrants 'one of the worst things that ever happened to Germany' Financial satisfaction hits record high: survey MORE claimed last week that there is a deep state at the Justice Department working against him and his administration, while protecting individuals tied to Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonForget the spin: Five unrefuted Mueller Report revelations Former senators launching effort to help Dems win rural votes Biden's announcement was a general election message, says political analyst MORE

Former officials including James Clapper criticized the remark, with the former director of national intelligence calling it “reprehensible.” 

Trump has repeatedly claimed that there is a "deep state" throughout the government working against him.