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Trump Brought His Own Stock Supporters to the CIA

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

Trump's brief appearance at the CIA on Saturday morning was accompanied by the uncomfortable sight of CIA employees cheering for Trump, but they weren't employees.

According to actual CIA employees who spoke to CBS News, the people cheering for Trump at the CIA were brought in to cheer for him.

An official said the visit “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.

An official with knowledge of the make-up of the crowd says that there were about 40 people who’d been invited by the Trump, Mike Pence and Rep. Mike Pompeo teams.

Moreover, the Trump regime apparently lied about attendance at the event. They claimed people were waiting in line to attend, but only 400 employees out of several thousand that were invited showed up.

White House press secretary and documented liar Sean Spicer pushed back against this report during today's press conference, but Spicer changed his story several times within that conference. Spicer initially insisted that CIA employees were seated in the front rows, but he later said he didn't know how many were employees.

This isn't even the second or third time Trump has brought his own supporters to an event to make himself look better, so I'm inclined to believe the CIA officials who spoke to CBS.

  • Badgerite
    • OMG that video from The Netherlands is awesome! Loved the Monty Python reference too.

      • Badgerite

        It was re-tweet by Elliot Cohen. He is a conservative Republican who was policy adviser to the Bush administration but the man has a sense of humor. He is particularly disturbed about the ramifications of someone like trump and his people on our alliances and credibility abraod.
        He was contacted by the trump transition team as to possible appointees at State and elsewhere but his experience with them was so bad that he told everyone to stay away.
        Here are some links to some articles he’s written if you are interested.
        I don’t think he could be more disgusted with trump and he has no trouble saying so.
        http://www.theamericaninterest.com/2017/01/17/truth-in-the-age-of-trump/
        and he also has a piece in The Atlantic about der Twitler’s visit to the CIA memorial wall.

      • Badgerite

        I think the “J” must stand for Jerk.

  • Draxiar

    Does anyone think Melania fakes it just so she doesn’t have to deal with his infant-like ego?

    • ninjaf

      And to get it over with ASAP.

    • While I agree, the thought makes my skin crawl.

  • muselet

    I guess there wasn’t enough time to have shirts made, so instead of Brownshirts, Donald Trump has the Brown Noses. No wonder CIA employees were less than impressed.

    Egads, the man can’t even do theatricality well.

    –alopecia

    • Did you see his performance of Green Acres? A showman he is not.

  • sav savron

    Room held 400….How many attrnded? 400…WH staff 11?

    • ninjaf

      Since your link clicking finger appears to be broken, here is the relevant information from the story above:

      “An official with knowledge of the make-up of the crowd says that there were about 40 people who’d been invited by the Trump, Mike Pence and Rep. Mike Pompeo teams. The Trump team originally expected Rep. Pompeo, R-Kansas, to be sworn in during the event as the next CIA director, but the vote to confirm him was delayed on Friday by Senate Democrats. Also sitting in the first several rows in front of the president was the CIA’s senior leadership, which was not cheering the remarks.”

    • Only 400 out of the thousands that were invited–let’s be generous and say that they invited only 2000. That’s a 20% turnout. When Pres. Obama addressed them in 2009 there were thousands of CIA employees, and they cheered without prompting. At one point he even received an enthusiastic “amen” from one of them. They were so enthusiastic that the President joked saying they were supposed to be “silent warriors”. Herr Hair came across as a loser. Sad!

  • Aynwrong

    Of course there’s no video to counter this lie because seeing the crowd from the front could be a security risk. So all of his idiot supporters will just mumble on about “fake news.”

  • There’s another report out that Trump never asked the assembled folk to sit down (which they wouldn’t unless he told them to) and so they remained standing during his entire speech. And then he claimed he got standing ovations.

    • Georgie

      They use to do that with Stalin, no one wanted to be the first to stop clapping. He/drumpf is such a moron.

      • KABoink_after_wingnut_hacker

        A very dangerous moron.

      • Yep, just saw a video about that the other day about a speech that Stalin gave and one of the Union leaders finally was the first to stop and sit down after 15 minutes of solid clapping. The guy was “purged” the next day.

  • ninjaf

    Originally, they were supposed to witness a swearing in ceremony for the new CIA director, but he didn’t get confirmed in time. So, instead of canceling the supporters, they brought them along anyway, because who doesn’t love a cheering crowd when you give a speech, amirite?

    How long before he starts wearing the military coat with the Scrabble tiles worth of “medals” and “designations” on it?

    • Nefercat

      I think he’ll wait on the uniform until his custom gold epaulets complete with gilded bobblehead likenesses of his big bloated head are ready.

    • sav savron

      No Trump supporters in 1st 3 rows…just making stuff up?

      • ninjaf

        I am not sure what you are getting at? The reporting I read on it specifically stated that his supporters were seated in the first rows. In fact, it said most (not all) of the front rows were filled with Trump supporters. So, you’re saying it’s better if they sat in the back rows?

        Who brings an audience to cheer them in front of a memorial wall for people who died trying to serve our country? And who cheers for someone in that kind of setting? Even if I were there seeing my favorite politician ever, I would refrain from cheering because it is disrespectful to the solemnity of the location.

      • Badgerite

        Yes, and the “sun came out as he spoke”. Baghdad Sean.