CIA Director, Mike Pompeo, dismissed the allegations against President Trump mainly coming from Michael Wolff’s highly controversial book detailing Trump’s poor mental abilities. Excerpts of the journalist’s much-anticipated book, “Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House”, described how Trump can’t process complex information and how his inner circle criticizes the president behind his back.
On Sunday, the CIA Director shed light on the situation and said that the statements are completely false. According to Pompeo, the president always engages with CIA briefings on a daily basis.
Pompeo talked about Trump’s information processing in the past, albeit in a manner that caused many people to worry about the president’s mental capabilities. The CIA head described that regular intelligence briefings involve visual aids and “killer graphics” as to keep Trump interested in the subject. On Sunday, Pompeo, reaffirmed his previous comments, however, this time he claimed that visual aids are a common element in any briefing.
“It’s how you convey information,” said Pompeo. “This President reads material that we provide to him. He listens closely to his daily briefing.”
Wolff’s book has been making waves ever since excerpts of it began to appear online ahead of its publication. In it, Trump’s former Chief Strategist, Steve Bannon, said with certainty that Trump knew about the meetings that occurred at Trump Tower between Russian officials and his son, Donald Trump Jr., during the 2016 presidential election. More so, Bannon called the act perpetrated “treasonous” and “unpatriotic”.
Ever since then, the White House has been on damage control with press secretary, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, calling the book “complete fantasy”. Trump’s attorney also sent Wolff, his publisher, and Bannon a “cease and desist” letter. The move raises several questions regarding the book’s validity one of which would be why Trump is dead set on silencing the publication if his administration dismissed it as a false story.
Trump, on the other hand, took to Twitter to reassure the public of his mental fitness by calling himself a “very stable genius”.
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