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Published: Mon, January 23, 2017
World | By Tasha Manning

Ex-CIA Boss Brennan, Others Rip Trump Speech in Front of Memorial

Ex-CIA Boss Brennan, Others Rip Trump Speech in Front of Memorial

The lack of synergy between President Donald Trump and the intelligence community has been one of the most "dismaying" aspects of this transition - because "no president can live without them" and he can hurt "well-intentioned, hard-working people" - the first U.S. Director of National Intelligence said Sunday. And I just want to let you know, the reason you're the number-one stop is exactly the opposite.

"I can assure you this new President and our entire team recognizes and appreciates the sacrifices of all of the men and women of the intelligence community of the United States of America", Pence told the assembled group. "He helped us, real ally".

And Mr. Trump recounted his visit to the CIA's headquarters in Virginia on Saturday, saying he got "long standing ovations".

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He made no mention of his repeated criticism of the intelligence agencies following the election, including his public challenges to their high-confidence assessment that Russian Federation meddled in the White House race to help him win.

Trump blamed the idea that he had said anything against the Central Intelligence Agency on the "dishonest press", ignoring his own multiple statements, tweets, and interviews. "But if you think about it, Mike, if we kept the oil, you probably wouldn't have ISIS because that's where they made their money in the first place, so we should have kept the oil".

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Former CIA Director John Brennan went further. He says the news media will pay a "big price" for what he claims was dishonesty. Maybe you're going to say, please don't give us so much backing.

In his meeting with more than 300 CIA employees, he said that he has confidence in the intelligence community and great respect for the agency.

Hallmarks of President Donald Trump's free-wheeling, unconventional campaign style have always been expected to carry over to the White House, but what remained to be seen was whether his promises of acting "so presidential" would come to pass.

Mr Brennan insisted the U.S. intelligence chiefs considered it their responsibility to make Mr Trump aware that it was in circulation.

Saturday marked the end of three days of inaugural celebrations, with Trump and his family attending a national prayer service traditionally held for the new president.

To be sure, there were plenty of Trump hallmarks in the Sunday speech: The President needled the media by holding up a letter Obama wrote him and pledging not to tell the press what was in it.

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