The Hill: Trump’s CIA pick faces ‘serious management problem’

Rep. Mike Pompeo, the incoming CIA Director will face some very real management problems between his Commander in Chief and the Agency. Mr. Trump has made a few disparaging remarks about intelligence briefings and questioned the product. Hopefully, Mr. Pompeo will be able to manage the relationship between The Donald and the CIA.

As Written By Mike Lillis for The Hill:

Rep. Mike Pompeo is about to take on a particularly difficult task: Leading a spy agency ridiculed and criticized by the nation’s incoming commander in chief.

If confirmed, as expected, to be the nation’s next CIA director, the Kansas Republican will take the reins of an agency Donald Trump has repeatedly bashed as ineffective and unreliable.

Trump has even taken the unprecedented step of refusing daily intelligence briefings, suggesting they’re a waste of his time.

“I’m a smart person. I don’t have to be told the same thing in the same words every single day for the next eight years,” he told Fox News Sunday this month.

None of that will make life easier for Pompeo, who will have the onerous job of boosting morale and winning confidence at an agency notoriously distrustful of outsiders.

At the same time, he’ll have to convince a skeptical president of the authenticity of the information the CIA provides — a crucial duty in an age of heightened terrorist threats and cyber attacks targeting even the most sensitive operations of the U.S. government.

Some lawmakers who have worked closely with Pompeo say finding that balance could be the toughest obstacle he faces as he takes the helm in Langley.

“Donald Trump strikes me as a guy with very strong opinions based on scanty information, and I think that could be a very, very tough boss to serve if you’re immersed in the complexities and the shades of gray that the CIA director lives in,” said Rep. Jim Himes, a Connecticut Democrat who serves with Pompeo on the House Intelligence…..

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  • Bob in Florida

    Trump strikes me as a man that insists on making maximum use of his time. So far, it appears he has being doing well at that throughout the campaign, and now the transition.

    It would seem it will be one of the jobs of the new CIA Director to sort through all the detail and shades of gray that are intrinsic to an intelligence agency that by necessity has to operate on incomplete and sometimes conflicting information. That is what intelligence agencies do – and that is what a president should be able to expect his Director to do for him.

    I would expect – if I were a president – briefings would be that – brief – and only held weekly covering only that info which was new, or changed. If there were incidents or information that needed to brought to the president’s more urgently – then do so! Perhaps a less frequent (monthly, quarterly?) status meeting would be scheduled to provide a more all-inclusive update on those situations, or areas, that are less dynamic or volatile.

    There are too many demands on a chief executive’s time to spend time in meetings that are not the highest and best use of his time. The intelligence agencies will need to track developments in real time, for their own purposes; there will be thresholds established (there probably already are – may be modified per individual preferences) to suggest when the president needs to be appraised of developments.

    • Judy Selich

      Bob in Florida, you have analyzed this very well. You should send a memo to our president-elect! It sounds as though you have first-hand experience, not with the presidency, but in delegating and prioritizing.