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Trump to CIA: I am so behind you

Washington - President Donald Trump made no mention of the protests in Washington or around the nation at a Saturday stop at the CIA headquarters, but he did try to put his fight with intelligence agencies behind him.

Standing in front of a wall memorializing fallen officers to a mostly supportive crowd, he promised to give his full-throated support to the intelligence community - "I am so behind you," he said - and hinted at giving them new avenues to fight the Islamic State and other terror groups.

"We haven't used the abilities we've got," Trump said. "We've been restrained."

He also boasted of the crowds at his Friday inauguration and claimed he'd drawn as many as 1.5 million people. (Official estimates show he drew about 200,000 to 300,000.)

And he bragged about his "running war with the media," saying that reports about Trump's strained relations with the intelligence community - stoked by his comments and tweets - were overblown.

But he made no reference to how he cast the CIA and other intelligence agencies as "the same people that said Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction.” Nor did he say when he would begin receiving daily intelligence briefs that are prepped for the president.



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Greg Bluestein is a political reporter who covers the governor's office and state politics for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.