“The president did not yell at the CIA director.”
White House Spokesperson — Saturday 18 2017
On Wednesday, the Wall Street Journal had reported that U.S. intelligence officials have kept information from Mr. Trump because they feared it could be leaked or compromised. Follow us on Twitter: @Intel_Today
According to the WSJ piece –“Spies Keep Intelligence From Donald Trump on Leak Concerns — the decision to withhold information underscores deep mistrust between intelligence community and president. The article is based on discussions with current and former officials familiar with the matter.
On Thursday, according to CBS News:
“an angry President Trump called CIA Director Mike Pompeo and yelled at him for not pushing back hard enough against reports that the intelligence community was withholding information from the commander-in-chief.”
The CIA then drafted a strongly worded statement rebutting the claim:
“We are not aware of any instance when that has occurred. It is CIA’s mission to provide the President with the best intelligence possible and to explain the basis for that intelligence. The CIA does not, has not, and will never hide intelligence from the President, period.”
On Friday, CIA spokesman Dean Boyd denied that there was a conversation between Director Pompeo and Mr. Trump about the WSJ article.
“There was no conversation between the CIA Director and the President about the Wall Street Journal article either before or after CIA issued its statement about the article.”
“The CIA issued its statement on its own accord because the story was inaccurate and we felt the need to defend the integrity of our officers and institution.”
On Saturday, a White House spokesperson wrote an email to CBS News:
“The president did not yell at the CIA Director.”
CIA officials cited in the WSJ article said “they were hesitant to reveal to Trump the ‘sources and methods’ that intelligence agencies use to collect sensitive information.”
The media then blamed CIA’s reluctance to share their methods of collecting sensitive data on the lingering suspicions surrounding the Trump administration’s ties to Russia.
Actually, ‘sources and methods’ are not usually discussed with the President. A tempest in a teapot?
CBS News contributor and former CIA deputy director Michael Morell joins “CBS This Morning” from Stanford, California, to discuss the implications of President Trump appearing to link Russia President Vladimir Putin’s human rights violations to America’s 2003 invasion of Iraq.