CIA Director Mike Pompeo fired back at those who have sought to question President Trump’s mental state, calling the speculation “absurd” and stressing that the president carefully analyzes the intelligence he’s given.
Asked by Fox News’ Bret Baier what he thinks of stories that claim Trump is “losing it” or not “with it,” Pompeo did not mince words.
“It’s absurd,” Pompeo said, before pausing and adding: “I’ll put it in Washington terms -- it’s demonstrably false.”
Trump’s mental state has occasionally been the subject of speculative op-ed columns and cable pundit segments. Most recently, MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough floated the possibility the president is in “early stages of dementia.”
But Pompeo said Trump is deeply engaged. He described how Trump is briefed at length by top officials and asks “lots of hard questions, as any good intelligence consumer would.”
The notion that Trump has checked out, he said, is “just not the reality.”
“I’m literally with him, the team is with him,” Pompeo said. “We’ve taught him things … he’s taught us things too.”