CBS News reported that on Thursday, 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.
CBS does not say how they know the President was angry and yelled at Mike Pompeo.
Is that fake news or a leak? How does CBS know this? Was the conversation wiretapped? Is the CIA trying to smoke out the mole?
The agency then drafted a strongly worded statement rebutting the claim, CBS further stated. “We are not aware of any instance when that has occurred,” read Pompeo’s statement. “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.”
Additionally, a government official told Fox News that Trump has in fact been receiving what’s known as the President’s Daily Brief, noting that it does not routinely include raw data or discussion of sources and methods.
These exchanges are in response to a report by the Wall Street Journal on Wednesday that intelligence officials have kept information from the President out of fear it would be leaked. There have been leaks of classified information since Donald Trump became president.
Earlier today, the Associated Press published a story alleging that the Trump administration was considering using the National Guard to round up illegal aliens for deportation.
AP reported that according to a draft 11-page memo, the Trump administration is considering mobilizing as many as 100,000 National Guard troops to round up illegal immigrants.
The White House immediately slammed the agency’s report is “false.” This is another example of fake news or leaks. It’s a ridiculous story. Anyone who knows of John Kelly knows it’s not his style. Where did this 11-page memo come from?
It’s unsourced and unconfirmed.
This is not true. DHS also confirms it is 100% false https://t.co/MFIJci7XaU
— Sean Spicer (@PressSec) February 17, 2017
The AP said an “unprecedented militarization of immigration enforcement” would affect locations as far north as Portland, Oregon and as far east as New Orleans, Louisiana, according to the 11-page document, purportedly written by Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly.
The proposal would include four states bordering on Mexico – Arizona, California, New Mexico and Texas – as well as the seven neighboring states of Arkansas, Colorado, Louisiana, Nevada, Oklahoma, Oregon and Utah. Governors in the eleven states would have a choice whether to have their guard troops participate in the round-up, according to AP.
The White House responded to Reuters with the word, “False”.
— Justin Gray (@grayjustin) February 17, 2017
Some contend this is how they are trying to ferret out the moles with false stories.
Multiple sources within the WH have told me that the “memo” on the 100K National Guard soldiers was fake news designed to smoke out leaker.
— Mike Cernovich 🇺🇸 (@Cernovich) February 17, 2017
Trump responded this evening.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 17, 2017