CIA Director Pompeo Says Trump’s Tweets Helped Gather Intelligence About US Adversaries

CIA Director Pompeo Says Trump’s Tweets Helped Gather Intelligence About US Adversaries

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During a recent discussion at The Reagan National Defense Forum, CIA Director Mike Pompeo pushed back on the idea that President Donald Trump's tweets have harmed national security.

“I've actually seen it help us,” Pompeo said of Trump's Twitter account. “I have seen things the president has put on his Twitter account actually have a real-world impact on our capacity to understand what's going on in other places of the world.”

Pompeo explained that the United States could observe ways in which adversaries responded to Trump's tweets.

“That is, our adversaries responded to those tweets in ways that were helpful to us — to understand command and control issues, who's listening to what messages, how those messages are resonating around the world,” he said Saturday.

Leon Panetta, former President Barack Obama's CIA director, added his voice to the many that are critical of Trump's tweeting habits.

“As a former chief of staff, I cannot imagine what it's like to serve a president who tweets in the morning,” Panetta said before suggesting that Trump's Twitter habits ruined message discipline in the White House.

“If I had my way, I'd take that tweeter and throw it out the window,” he said.

Panetta took particular issue with Trump's retweets that contained videos purporting to show Muslims engaging in acts of violence.

“The problem of dealing — you know, of suddenly tweeting an anti-Muslim video like that is that once it goes out, what it does is it inflames the people that are out there,” Panetta said.

Watch Pompeo and Panetta make those comments below, via CNN.