While over one million people were taking to the streets on Saturday to protest Trump and his agenda, Donald took time away from his inauguration weekend vacation to visit the CIA, an agency he has continuously bashed in recent weeks.
Standing in front of the CIA memorial to fallen CIA officers – a sacrosanct space for those in the agency – Donald gave a strange, self-aggrandizing speech.
As reported by CNBC, “the wall of 117 stars in the CIA lobby is a revered place, and presidents who have spoken there tend to do so carefully and with a close attention to their subject — usually the sacrifices of the CIA officers and their families. [However] Trump…veered into political territory, denouncing the news media, boasting about the size of his inaugural crowds, and even discussing his own appraisal of his intellect.”
Boasting to the small crowd of CIA officers, Trump said (for some reason): “And then they say, ‘Is Donald Trump an intellectual?'” Trump said. “Trust me, I’m like a smart person.” He continued:
“Probably almost everybody in this room voted for me, but I will not ask you to raise your hands if you did.”
Trump’s remarks have been described by a former CIA officer as a “free-wheeling, narcissistic diatribe,” and have been condemned by former CIA Director John Brennan as “despicable” according to CNBC.
We agree with Brennan: Trump should be ashamed of himself.