Your Quote of the Day (Pompeo and the Circumstance)

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Mike Pompeo (Photo by Getty Images)

“These officers have sworn an oath to uphold the Constitution. They have signed secrecy agreements. They quietly go about their work and try not to get too worked up over the headlines, including the fanciful notion that they spy on their fellow citizens via microwave ovens.”

CIA Director Mike Pompeo

We hear there is a grudge match afoot between Kushner and Bannon, but as the Trump White House continues its handbasket ride, we might note any number of things about the other players, because, really, the CIA Director taking a shot at the administration’s second-tier liar is a wonderful line. Mark Hensch of The Hill offers some detail:

CIA Director Mike Pompeo on Thursday jabbed at those claiming his agency uses microwaves for spying, calling the idea “a fanciful notion.”

Pompeo’s comment appeared to be in reference to White House counselor Kellyanne Conway, who remarked last month about “microwaves that turn into cameras” while discussing surveillance methods.

“These officers have sworn an oath to uphold the Constitution,” Pompeo said of CIA employees during a speech at the Center for Strategic and International Studies.

“They quietly go about their work and try not to get too worked up over the headlines, including the fanciful notion that they spy on their fellow citizens via microwave ovens.”

Kellyanne Conway (Photo by Greg Nash)Conway claimed in March that President Trump’s campaign team may have been monitored in “any number of ways.”

“You can surveil someone through their phones, certainly through their television sets—any number of ways,” she told the Bergen County Record in New Jersey.

“We know this is a fact of modern life,” Conway added while also mentioning “microwaves that turn into cameras.”

What? Did everyone forget that episode, already? Don’t get me wrong; you would, you know? After all, Kellyanne Conway saying something spectacularly stupid is hardly a headline in and of itself. Still, when Sean Spicer gets to play the voice of reason―

White House press secretary Sean Spicer said last month that Conway’s remark was made “in jest.”

“I think there’s pretty sound evidence that the microwave is not a sound way of surveilling someone,” he said following widespread ridicule over Conway’s comment.

―then, yeah, you’re doing it wrong.

And a note aside to Ms. Conway: The whole thing about how no one can take a joke is, in the first place, a staple of empowered ignorance; when the bullies run out of rope, they always wonder why no one can take a joke. More importantly, though, it is almost as if y’all don’t seem to recognize that you are now the White House. No one can take a joke? Hey, what is it about the Trump administration that seems like no one can do their damn job?

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Image notes: Top ― Mike Pompeo (Photo by Getty Images) Right ― Kellyanne Conway (Photo by Greg Nash)

Hensch, Mark. “CIA head jabs at ‘microwave’ surveillance claims”. The Hill. 13 April 2017.

Pompeo, Mike. “Director Pompeo Delivers Remarks at CSIS”. Central Intelligence Agency. 13 April 2017.

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