Trump inauguration: President disputes crowd photos

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"We caught them [the media] in a beauty", he said. The photos, Trump implied, were faked by the media.

Former NSA and CIA Director Michael Hayden, a frequent critic of Trump's during the election, said other countries share intelligence with the United States because they feel there will be a response, but that may stop if Trump rejects the intelligence community's reports. They are among the most dishonest human beings on earth, right?

Trump raged against the intelligence community prior to taking office on Friday over an unverified dossier documenting Russia's alleged attempts to compromise Trump, as well as more general questions of Russia's involvement in hacking the 2016 election.

Trump will visit the CIA headquarters Saturday, but in recent weeks has slammed the intelligence community because of leaks of reports concerning Russian Federation, and there are concerns that he may ignore advice from the US intelligence community. During the campaign and after he was elected, Trump repeatedly voiced skepticism about findings by USA intelligence agencies - including conclusions that Russian Federation attempted to influence the election to help him win the White House. He has put quotation marks around the word "intelligence" in referring to such officials.

"I have a running war with the media".

In his news conference on January 11, Trump accused the intelligence community of leaking the information.

He added, "I am so behind you". I get up this morning, I turn on one of the networks and there's an empty field. "Mr. President, please, we don't need so much backing'". With a swipe at President Obama, he claimed, "We have not used the real abilities we have. We have to get rid of ISIS we have no choice", he said to applause.

In the freewheeling speech Trump further boasted that most of the people in the room voted for him, said he would "end it" when it comes to the battle against Islamic extremism, criticized the press and wrongly asserted that the crowd at his inauguration stretched as far as the Washington Monument.

"I love you", Trump later concluded. "I didn't want to go into Iraq".

Newly Trump-led agencies and departments are also starting to assert their authority.

Trump heaped praise on his nominee to become the next Central Intelligence Agency director, Rep. Mike Pompeo, R-Kans. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.).

"You are going to be getting a total star, a gem", Trump said.

It was not immediately clear whether Trump would also receive an intelligence briefing while at CIA headquarters.

Trump won his campaign with an often-angry anti-establishment pledge to crack down on illegal immigration and protect U.S.jobs, but his upstart message sparked a series of protests around the world. He claimed to "know a lot about West Point" and said his uncle was a professor at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. "They said 'Donald Trump did not draw well'".

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