President Donald Trump started and finished a speech he gave at the CIA headquarters Saturday afternoon by criticizing the “dishonest media.” Several of the things he said were inaccurate.
Some members of the media expressed astonishment about the setting and the tone of the speech.
Trump himself called it a “war,” further ratcheting up his extreme anti-media rhetoric from the campaign trail.
“As you know, I have a running war with the media. They are among the most dishonest human beings on Earth,” Trump said.
Some CIA staffers in the room applauded the insult, but the senior leadership in the front rows did not, according to a CNN producer who was there.
“They sort of made it sound like I had a ‘feud’ with the intelligence community.” Nonsense, Trump said, “it is exactly the opposite, and they understand that too.”
In fact, Trump repeatedly and publicly questioned the country’s intelligence services amid reporting about Russian attempts to interfere in the election.