CIA Director Mike Pompeo on Thursday described President Trump's relationship with the U.S. intelligence community as "fantastic," batting away signs earlier this year of friction between Trump and intelligence officials.
Asked about the relationship at an event in Washington, Pompeo said, "It's fantastic."
After the audience giggled, he added: “Don’t laugh, I mean that."
The CIA head delivered remarks at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington.
Trump earlier this year accused the intelligence community of leaking to the press information about contacts involving his associates — particularly former national security adviser Michael Flynn.
Flynn was forced to resign from his post after it was revealed that he discussed sanctions with Russia's U.S. Ambassador Sergey Kislyak before Trump's inauguration, and misled Vice President Mike PenceMike (Michael) Richard PenceN. Korea warns it could sink US carrier ‘with a single strike’: report Pence visits kangaroos at Sydney zoo on last leg of Asia-Pacific trip Long lines at North Korea gas stations prompt questions over potential fuel shortage MORE and others about doing so.
"Information is being illegally given to the failing @nytimes & @washingtonpost by the intelligence community (NSA and FBI?).Just like Russia," Trump tweeted in February, following Flynn's ouster.
In January, Trump suggested intelligence officials were behind the leak of an unverified dossier full of damaging allegations about him, invoking Nazi Germany.
“I think it was disgraceful that the intelligence agencies allowed any information that turned out to be so false and fake” to get out, Trump said, adding: “That’s something that Nazi Germany would have done and did do.”
Pompeo was sworn in as CIA director in January, shortly after Trump’s inauguration. Before that, he had represented Kansas in Congress as a Republican since 2011.