Pompeo: In Tradition of CIA, ‘I’m Not Going to Say a Damn Thing in Front of the Media’

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CIA Director Mike Pompeo quipped Monday that he was not going to say "a damn thing in front of the media" during brief remarks at a White House Cabinet meeting.

President Donald Trump made short comments in front of the White House press pool, and he then had the other members of the Cabinet make brief comments about the work they were doing. Most of them also offered praise for Trump and expressed thanks for getting to serve.

"Mr. President, it's an honor to serve as your CIA director," Pompeo said, taking his turn after Chief of Staff Reince Priebus. "It's an incredible privilege to lead the men and women who are providing intelligence so that we can do the national security mission, and in the finest tradition of the CIA, I'm not going to say a damn thing in front of the media."

"Hear, hear," one person said.

Pompeo's joke drew loud laughter from the room.

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