Director of the CIA Mike Pompeo Michael (Mike) Richard PompeoTillerson may be out, but Trump is the real problem of the Tillerson State Department with reports of overthrow: "It's ridiculous" Meet the hawk of Iran What could be Trump's next? Secretary of State MORE said on Saturday that President Trump's Twitter habits have actually helped his agency meet and understand intelligence.
Asked by Bret Baier of Fox News at a round table at the Reagan National Defense Forum in Simi Valley, California, if Trump's propensity for Twitter complicated the work of the CIA, Pompeo refused, saying that the agency had badembled important information when observing how the adversaries of EE. UU They react to the president's tweets.
"I've really seen him help us," he said. "I have seen things that the president has put on his Twitter account that really have a real impact on our ability to understand what happens in other parts of the world."
"In other words, our adversaries responded to those tweets in ways that helped us understand the problems of command and control, who listens to what messages, how those messages resonate around the world."
Pompeo, a former Republican congressman, has been in charge of the CIA since January and is said to be close to Trump, frequently presenting his daily intelligence reports.
Trump's Twitter account has been the subject of controversy, especially since he joined the White House.
His presence on the social networking site came under scrutiny again this week after he re-tweeted three videos of a British ultra-nationalist group that he intended to show Muslims committing acts of violence.
These tweets provoked a public furor and led to the condemnation of British Prime Minister Theresa May, whose office said in a statement that "it is wrong for the president to have done this."  Leon Panetta, former secretary of defense and director of the CIA, who joined Pompeo at the round table on Saturday, compared videos retweeted by Trump this week with videos of people burning copies of the Koran. He said those videos had triggered rallies at US embbadies in the past, and warned that the president's tweets could have consequences in the real world.
"The problem of tweeting an anti-Muslim video like that is once it goes off, which" Is it that it inflames the people who are out there? "Panetta said.
" And the problem is that the lives can be endangered. "