LANGLEY, VA — President Donald Trump pledged his full support to the intelligence community in a 15-minute speech at CIA headquarters on Saturday afternoon that was a sharp contrast from the comments he made during the transition period.
“But I want to say that there is nobody that feels stronger about the intelligence community and the CIA than Donald Trump,” The new President said. “There’s nobody.”
Throughout the speech, Trump continuously referred to his election win.
“You know, the military and the law enforcement, generally speaking, but all of it — but the military gave us tremendous percentages of votes. We were unbelievably successful in the election with getting the vote of the military. And probably almost everybody in this room voted for me.”
Trump did go off message near the end when he criticized a Time Magazine reporter who yesterday tweeted that a bust of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. that had been in the oval office had disappeared. The reporter later retracted the report and issued an apology, which press secretary Sean Spicer accepted on Twitter, but not before publically criticizing the reporter.
This was the first formal speech by the President since his inauguration on Friday.