Top CIA employees reportedly disliked the Obama administration’s concerns with political correctness and the former president’s micromanaging of intelligence matters.
According to a new book by conservative commentator Doug Wead, titled Inside Trump’s White House: The Real Story of His Presidency, CIA officials complained about President Barack Obama’s level of involvement during a meeting with then-CIA Director Mike Pompeo.
“They met with the agency’s top five staff members. Someone from the White House asked about the major differences between the Trump administration and that of its predecessor,” Wead wrote, citing an unnamed White House source. “Was there something the Trump folks could be doing better? One answer given was that in the last administration, everything was being run from the White House.”
President Trump, on the other hand, was viewed more favorably for decentralizing control and giving more freedom to federal agencies, according to Wead’s source.
“The new Trump theory was to let them make choices. If they’re not making those decisions themselves, then we can always pull it back up. So that was the first thing,” Wead wrote.
Additionally, the Obama administration’s focus on political correctness left CIA workers frustrated.
“Next thing they said was that, in the previous administration, they spent a lot of time in the White House doing nonstop PC [political correctness] meetings,” he continued. “They would have a meeting every week, and at the conclusion of the meeting there was always the suggestion, ‘Let’s meet again in two weeks.’ Nothing was ever resolved. Nothing was ever good enough.”
Unlike his predecessor, Trump has been waging a war on political correctness throughout his presidency and even championed combating PC culture on the campaign trail.
“We have to straighten out our country, we have to make our country great again, and we need energy and enthusiasm,” he said back in 2015. “And this political correctness is just absolutely killing us as a country. You can’t say anything. Anything you say today, they’ll find a reason why it’s not good.”
The Trump administration has embraced that sentiment, with Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Ben Carson saying last month, “I think this whole concept of political correctness — you can say this, you can’t say that, you can’t repeat what someone said — is total foolishness, and it’s going to destroy our nation.”
Wead’s book is due to be released on Nov. 26.
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