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Pompeo won’t ‘say a damn thing in front of the media’

Mike Pompeo won't say a 'damn thing' to the media

Mike Pompeo, director of the CIA, said during a televised Cabinet meeting with President Donald Trump on Monday, June 12, 2017, that, following CIA tradition, he would not say a "damn thing" to the media. (Video courtesy of the White House)
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Mike Pompeo, director of the CIA, said during a televised Cabinet meeting with President Donald Trump on Monday, June 12, 2017, that, following CIA tradition, he would not say a "damn thing" to the media. (Video courtesy of the White House)

Former Kansas Congressman Mike Pompeo has clammed up since becoming the director of the Central Intelligence Agency.

In a televised presidential “Roundtable” meeting on Monday, Pompeo expressed his gratitude for his appointment as CIA chief – and then left it at that.

“It’s an incredible privilege to lead the men and women who provide the intelligence so that we can do the national security mission,” he said. “And in the finest tradition of the CIA, I’m not going to say a damn thing in front of the media.”

The comment drew a round of laughter from the other Cabinet members and from President Donald Trump, who appointed Pompeo as CIA chief in January.

One man can be heard in the background saying “hear, hear.”

The bulk of the public meeting consisted of Cabinet members praising Trump and thanking him for picking them for their jobs.

Dion Lefler: 316-268-6527, @DionKansas

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