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Showing Disdain For Dead CIA Operartives

January 23, 2017

I came to have a deeper appreciation for the Central Intelligence Agency through the eyes of Jack Ryan.  The books penned by Tom Clancy were exceptional thrillers but also deeply researched and highly informative.  It may seem a unique way to gain insight into the CIA but that was my route.

So what happened this weekend was nothing short of shocking to the nation.  And it was most telling about the lack of regard Donald Trump has for the men and women who have died working for this nation while CIA operatives.

Trump spoke Saturday in front of the wall that has a star for each person from the CIA  who has died in the line of their work.  It was there Trump went into campaign mode and spoke glowing about himself and sent a another stinging rebuke to the press–another group who works to make democracy more solid in this land.

It was a most shameful display.

But now we learn that U.S. government sources tell CBS News Trump’s visit to CIA headquarters on Saturday “made relations with the intelligence community worse” and described the visit as “uncomfortable.”

“Authorities are also pushing back against the perception that the CIA workforce was cheering for the president. They say the first three rows in front of the president were largely made up of supporters of Mr. Trump’s campaign.”

Trump brought his supports to the wall designed to honor the fallen in order to make a political spin performance.  Simply galling.

3 Comments leave one →
  1. pattilynn9 permalink
    January 23, 2017 10:03 PM

    I viewed the speech. It’s my opinion that the media is in Overdrive…they hustle for a “gotcha” opportunity. Most are/were Hillary Clinton supporters and have an agenda to see President Trump fail. I think they’d be much more effective if they could contain their eagerness.

    I suppose it’s impossible, but I’d prefer to not know the personal opinions of each reporter. I’d like stories that are verified with two sources as they once were. The pool reporter who tweeted MLK’s bust had been removed from the Oval was lazy. Why not ask? NO…easier to spread misinformation and have it retweeted many times before it was corrected. Both sides make mistakes…lazy or intentional…

    Everybody needs to take a deep breath.

  2. January 23, 2017 9:18 PM

    Last point of yours is first in regards to my post.

    Trump did stand before the wall and speak glowingly of himself and rip into the press. That happened. He also said things that ran opposite to his Nazi remarks over the past 10 days concerning the CIA. I do hold that his speech in terms of the CIA aspect was covered by TV news and major papers. While I get the point you wish to make about the speech the fact is the ‘meat’ of it was reported on.

    The fact is that Spicer on Saturday had several statements that were false. “This was the first time in our nation’s history that floor coverings had been used to protect the grass on the mall. That had the effect of highlighting any areas in which people were not standing.” Not true.

    “This is also the first time that fencing and magnetometers went as far back on the Mall.” Not rue. After Spicer’s comments, the United States Secret Service told reporters that no magnetometers were used on the National Mall during the proceedings.

    “We know that 420,000 people used the D.C. public transit yesterday, which actually compares to 317,000 who used it for President Obama’s last inaugural.”

    CNN and The Washington Post confirmed Metro ridership with the agency. The full day of Trump’s inauguration prompted 570,557 trips in the system. Obama’s first inauguration drew 1.1 million trips, and Obama’s second inauguration drew 782,000 trips.

    Finally there is still no answer as to why there was any comments from Spicer at all. It seems petty for the WH to be engaged on such a matter.

  3. pattilynn9 permalink
    January 23, 2017 7:33 PM

    It pays to always be leery when reporters quote un-named officials and authorities. It’s not lost on the general public when reporters are sooo eager and over-reach when covering Pres. Trump.

    They’ve spent days misreporting his comments re: inaugural crowd size. His words were it’s the largest crowd ever to “witness” an inauguration. Reporters continued to report he said “attend” an inauguration. Witness is larger than attend…because it includes a YUGE unknown number of ppl world wide viewing via Tv, online, tablets, phones – electronic sources that are/were not as widely available/used in yrs past.

    The CIA attendees have been reported as being both: Trump ppl or CIA ppl. When the media can’t report without having their own agenda and put their own spin on events…it leaves the reader on their own to decide what’s what. Often, it’s all shrugged off…

    The actual speech becomes lost in the hub-bub over who applauded and where they were seated.

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