Donald Trump says there was “love in the room” when he gave his recent speech at the CIA, which came after he had been critical of the US intelligence community.
“They loved it. ... People loved it. They loved it. They gave me a standing ovation for a long period of time. They never even sat down, most of them, during the speech. There was love in the room,” Trump told ABC News’s David Muir in his first television interview.
Trump had been critical of the intelligence community both before and after the election.
One low point was a tweet on Jan. 11 in which he suggested that intelligence agencies had leaked a report that Russia had collected damaging information on him and called that a tactic reminiscent of Nazi Germany.
Intelligence agencies should never have allowed this fake news to "leak" into the public. One last shot at me.Are we living in Nazi Germany?— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 11, 2017
He spoke at the CIA Saturday, the first full day of his presidency, but his remarks, delivered in front of a memorial to fallen CIA officers, rambled, including digressions on the crowd size at the inauguration the day before and how young he felt.
Toward the end of his remarks, he told the crowd, “No, I just wanted to really say that I love you, I respect you. There’s nobody I respect more.”
The interview with ABC News, which aired late Wednesday night, revealed a man who is obsessed with his own popularity and eager to provide evidence of his likability, even if that information doesn’t match reality, the Washington Post reported.