Hoping to convince the American public that Donald Trump isn’t completely ignorant, former GOP congressman and current CIA Director Mike Pompeo may have done just the opposite on Saturday, admitting that he has to meet with the president literally every day.
“I’m with the president nearly every day,” Pompeo said, noting that former President Barack Obama rarely ever met with his CIA director.
Pompeo said his daily meetings – encounters that often run long – are evidence that Trump is “interested” in learning things, but it’s more likely that Trump needs extra attention and help when it comes to understanding intelligence reports.
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With a straight face, Pompeo also shot back against those who think Trump has no interest in complex briefings, saying, “I cannot imagine a statement that is any more false than one that would attribute President Trump of not being interested in the intelligence community.”
“President Trump is incredibly demanding of the intelligence community, asks incredibly difficult questions,” he added.
It was a nice try by the CIA director, but nobody is likely to buy it.
The suggestion that Trump – the same guy who childishly lashes out on social media almost daily – is thoughtful and curious when it comes to intelligence reports is laughable, particularly because it has been widely reported that the president can’t understand briefings where the information is not dumbed down or presented to him in simple bullet points.
Pompeo’s description of Trump’s intelligence consumption on Saturday stands in contrast to a Washington Post report last month in which the CIA director reportedly said Trump best comprehends information the same way a grade school student does – with “killer graphics” and other visual aides.
“That’s our task, right? To deliver the material in a way that he can best understand the information we’re trying to communicate,” Pompeo said, according to the Post.
The CIA director gave it a good try, but nobody is going to believe that the guy who admits he doesn’t go near books suddenly became an avid consumer of information.
Sean Colarossi currently resides in Cleveland, Ohio. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and was an organizing fellow for both of President Obama’s presidential campaigns. He also worked with Planned Parenthood as an Affordable Care Act Outreach Organizer in 2014, helping northeast Ohio residents obtain health insurance coverage.