Hugh Hewitt‘s new MSNBC show debuted this morning with a pretty big get: CIA Director Mike Pompeo.
Pompeo spoke with Hewitt about everything from Russia to Iran to cracking down on leaks, but he also talked about President Trump‘s interest in the intel reports he is provided:
“President Obama consumed his intelligence in a different way. President Trump is incredibly demanding of the intelligence community, asks us incredibly difficult questions, and then counts on myself and other leaders in the IC to deliver those answers for him.”
When Hewitt brought up the criticism from others that Trump seems “uninterested in facts on the ground,” Pompeo responded, “I cannot imagine a statement that is any more false than the one that would attribute President Trump not being interested in intelligence and facts when it comes to national security. He is an avid consumer of the products we provide, thinks about them, and comes back and asks great questions. And then, perhaps most importantly, relies upon that information.”
There was a Washington Post report last month about how Trump consumes intel reports, and Pompeo himself is part of the report:
As they huddle around the desk, Trump likes to pore over visuals — maps, charts, pictures and videos, as well as “killer graphics,” as CIA Director Mike Pompeo phrased it.
“That’s our task, right? To deliver the material in a way that he can best understand the information we’re trying to communicate,” said Pompeo, adding that he, too, prefers to “get to the core of the issue quickly.”
Yet there are signs that the president may not be retaining all the intelligence he is presented, fully absorbing its nuance, or respecting the sensitivities of the information and how it was gathered.
Watch above, via MSNBC.
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