Report: Trump Stocked Audience At CIA Speech With Cheering Supporters

United States President Donald Trump speaks to 300 people at the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) headquarters January 21, 2017 in Langley, Virginia. In his remarks Trump explained the CIA was his first visit becaus... United States President Donald Trump speaks to 300 people at the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) headquarters January 21, 2017 in Langley, Virginia. In his remarks Trump explained the CIA was his first visit because the "dishonest media" has made it appear he was having a feud with the intelligence community. Credit: Olivier Douliery / Pool via CNP - NO'WIRE'SERVICE'- Photo by: Olivier Douliery/picture-alliance/dpa/AP Images MORE LESS
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Invited guests of President Donald Trump, Vice President Mike Pence and CIA director nominee Rep. Mike Pompeo (R-KS) cheered and laughed at the President’s remarks at CIA headquarters on Saturday, according to a new report.

CBS News cited unnamed U.S. government sources who claimed that the first three rows in the audience at Trump’s speech were filled in part with supporters, including about 40 people who were invited by Trump, Pence and Pompeo.

CIA leadership in the front row did not cheer in response to Trump’s remarks, the report said.

According to print pool reports filed from the event, around 400 members of the CIA workforce attended the speech. Another pool report posted online by NBC’s Katy Tur notes that senior CIA leadership standing in the front row cheered less often, and at less politically volatile lines, than “the main crowd” of general agency staff.

It would be highly unusual for members of the CIA, who consider themselves apart from partisan politics, to laugh and cheer for lines from Trump, including him calling the media the “dishonest human beings.”

A large round of applause could be heard after Trump said he would guarantee that “a big portion” of the crowd had voted for him.

A pool report shared by CBS News’ Robert Gifford noted that much of the cheering also came from the side of the stage, although poolers couldn’t identify those people. The pool report also noted that senior CIA officials grew more “subdued” as the speech went on.

At a press conference later in the day, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer claimed that a “raucous overflow crowd” of CIA employees “were ecstatic that he’s the new Commander-in-Chief.”

“They gave him a five-minute standing ovation at the end in a display of their patriotism and their enthusiasm for his presidency,” he said.

It wouldn’t be the first time Trump has filed formal audiences with enthusiastic allies. At his first press conference since winning the election earlier this month, observers were stunned to hear cheers and jeering coming from off-camera. Later, it was reported that dozens of members of Trump’s staff had provided the sound effects.

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  1. 3 days into the cruise, the S. S. Trump has struck an iceberg and is sinking. Spicey to the rescue!

  2. Avatar for sjk sjk says:

    Everyone cheered. EVERYONE!

  3. Avatar for mymy mymy says:

    Bad actors used to hire claques to clap for their bad performances in the 17th century French theatre.

    Make claques great again.

    Does DT think he can fool all the people all the time, when he hasn’t succeeded yet in fooling anyone but some 70,000 or so deluded voters in WI, MI and PA?

  4. If the point of this speech was to win over the intelligence community, it would seem he failed spectacularly.

  5. Fucking Unbelievable
    When I keep thinking
    It can’t be worse than I imagine.
    It can’t be a bigger sham.
    He can’t be that shallow.

    Proved wrong again and again and again

    Like Charlie Brown and the Football

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