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CIA head: Trump has ‘fantastic’ relationship with intel community


CIA Director Mike Pompeo on Thursday described President Trump’s relationship with the U.S. intelligence community as “fantastic,” batting away signs earlier this year of friction between Trump and intelligence officials. 

Asked about the relationship at an event in Washington, Pompeo said, “It’s fantastic.”

After the audience giggled, he added: “Don’t laugh, I mean that.” 

{mosads}Pompeo noted that he meets with Trump nearly each day to brief him, and said the CIA is committed to providing Trump the “best analysis” on what he is interested in on a given day and what they see as pressing. 

The CIA head delivered remarks at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington.

Trump earlier this year accused the intelligence community of leaking to the press information about contacts involving his associates — particularly former national security adviser Michael Flynn.

Flynn was forced to resign from his post after it was revealed that he discussed sanctions with Russia’s U.S. Ambassador Sergey Kislyak before Trump’s inauguration, and misled Vice President Mike Pence and others about doing so. 

“Information is being illegally given to the failing @nytimes & @washingtonpost by the intelligence community (NSA and FBI?).Just like Russia,” Trump tweeted in February, following Flynn’s ouster.

In January, Trump suggested intelligence officials were behind the leak of an unverified dossier full of damaging allegations about him, invoking Nazi Germany.

“I think it was disgraceful that the intelligence agencies allowed any information that turned out to be so false and fake” to get out, Trump said, adding: “That’s something that Nazi Germany would have done and did do.” 

Pompeo was sworn in as CIA director in January, shortly after Trump’s inauguration. Before that, he had represented Kansas in Congress as a Republican since 2011.

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