President Donald Trump visited the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). It was the first government agency he visited since taking office. He addressed a crowd of around 400 people in the intelligence community and set the tone for his incoming administration.
In this event, the newly minted president of the United States called journalists “the most dishonest human beings on Earth.” This was his declaration of war with the media.
Trump accused the media of increasing tensions between his administration and the CIA.
Many people in the audience met his statement with applause.
Trump wanted to improve his relationship with the CIA, he claimed that tension between his administration and the CIA was instigated by the media. Last December the CIA concluded that the Russian government directed hackers to infiltrate servers connected with Hillary Clinton’s campaign in order to sway the election in Trump’s favor.
Trump responded by speaking out against the CIA and accusing the agency of trying to discredit his victory.
Despite Trump’s intent of improving his relationship with the CIA, former deputy CIA chief of staff Nick Shapiro said that former CIA director, John Brennan, thinks Trump “should be ashamed of himself” for the “display of self-aggrandizement” in his speech.
In connection with the war on media, Trump’s campaign strategist Kellyanne Conway threatened that if the media continues to debunk false claims made by Trump’s staff, the Trump administration would have to “rethink its relationship with the press.”