Many people from all political sides want President Donald Trump to stop tweeting, but the CIA director is not among them.
Speaking at the Reagan National Defense Forum in Simi Valley, Calif.,on Saturday, Director Mike Pompeo responded to a question about the president’s tweets from Fox News’ Bret Baier by saying that they have helped the intelligence community.
“I’ve actually seen it help us,” the former Republican congressman said. “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 in the world.”
“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.
Pompeo is close to the president and often personally gives President Trump his daily intelligence briefings, according to The Hill.
Former CIA Director Leon Panetta, who was also a member of the panel, disagreed and admonished the president’s use of Twitter to retweet, what many deemed, anti-Muslim videos from far right group Britain First.
“The problem of tweeting an anti-Muslim video like that is once it goes out, what it does is it inflames the people that are out there,” he said.
“And the problem is that lives can be jeopardized.”
The retweet of the videos led London Mayor Sadiq Khan to ask Prime Minister Theresa May to cancel President Trump’s invitation for a state visit as a guest of Queen Elizabeth II.
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