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 PompeoTrump's Iran policy proves the primacy of US power — but to what end? The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by JUUL Labs - Trump attack on progressive Dems draws sharp rebuke State Department raises concerns about Sweden's treatment of detained American rapper 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 TrumpCNN's Camerota clashes with Trump's immigration head over president's tweet LA Times editorial board labels Trump 'Bigot-in-Chief' Trump complains of 'fake polls' after surveys show him trailing multiple Democratic candidates 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 ClintonTrump complains of 'fake polls' after surveys show him trailing multiple Democratic candidates Hillary Clinton responds to Trump tweets telling Dem lawmakers to 'go back' to their countries The Young Turks' Cenk Uygur: Here's how to choose a president 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.