God what a lede. "Gina Haspel was trying to brief President Trump early in her tenure as the C.I.A. director, but he appeared distracted. Houseflies buzzing around the Oval Office were drawing his attention"
NYT: Trump initially viewed Sergei Skripal's poisoning in Britain as part of a legitimate spy game -- and officials thought he had sympathy for Russia's attack on what it viewed as a traitor.
Gina Haspel has served as a bulwark against politicization at the CIA, counseling senior agency leaders to focus on their jobs and ignore presidential comments telling intelligence chiefs to “go back to school”
As she approaches her first full year on the job, Ms. Haspel has proved an adept tactician, charming the president with small gestures and talking to him with a blend of a hardheaded realism and appeals to emotion.
1/x I can't stop thinking about this story. I can't stop seeing all the ingredients baked into it. So I'm going to have to do a thread. The anatomy of a beat sweetener. Let's examine it piece by piece 1/x
This is one hell of an opening paragraph in the NY Times profile of CIA Director Gina Haspel.
I’ll believe that Trump is growing into the presidency when his staff stops talking about him like a toddler.
"Gina Haspel was trying to brief President Trump early in her tenure as the C.I.A. director, but he appeared distracted. Houseflies buzzing around the Oval Office were drawing his attention, and ire." Sweet lede, great profile
Gina Haspel Relies on Spy Skills to Connect With Trump. He Doesn’t Always Listen. - The New York Times
As the CIA's evidence implicates Putin, Kim, and MBS, Trump has "rejected not only intelligence agencies’ analysis, but also the facts they have gathered." Chilling report from and .
So depressing she has to fake charm him like this: Gina Haspel Relies on Spy Skills to Connect With Trump. He Doesn’t Always Listen.
You see, back in the day we had a little project we liked to call MK ULTRA...
Fascinating piece
Gina Haspel Relies on Spy Skills to Connect With Trump. He Doesn’t Always Listen.