Hat tip Mediaite and Variety
While I was on the treadmill at the gym today I was tuned in to CNN. There was Brooke Baldwin heading a panel of 8 discussing Donald Trump's speech at CIA Hqs today (which I also watched). Of the 8 panelists I counted 7 who made comments and only two were pro-Trump. The others ripped into him for his words. Apparently, Trump failed to show enough reverence for the CIA (Since when did the media become fans of the CIA?). They pointed out that the speech was given in front of the 117 stars on a wall in the foyer that represent CIA officers who were killed in the line of duty. Jim Sciutto was especially hard claiming that he was getting texts from CIA folks who were offended.
The silliest remark came from Baldwin herself, who asked one of the pro-Trump panelists ( I didn't catch the name) "How do you defend this?" Silly nit-picking. Here is CNN's written report quoting Congressman Adam Schiff (D-CA), who told them exactly what they wanted to hear.
"The wall behind me is very, very special," Trump told the approximately 300 agency staffers in attendance."
It is true that Trump's speech was unscripted, he rambled and he spoke of other things, like the press and the coverage of his inauguration speech. But he was effusive in his praise of the CIA and the people in the audience. It should also be noted that he got a rousing ovation. Of course, the experts at CNN had an explanation for this too: It was Saturday and those who were in attendance were volunteers who chose to come in on their day off.
Meanwhile, today was something called Woman's March day or something like that-naturally in opposition to Trump. Apparently, none other than Madonna herself stopped by the US to blast away at our new president with a barrage of f-bombs. (She lives in Europe now, you know.)
Oh yeah. And that media report that Trump had removed the bust of Martin Luther King from the Oval Office? Seems a cameraman had blocked somebody's view.
I guess we'd better get used to it. This is going to last as along as Trump is in office.