On Tuesday, NBC News Chief Foreign Correspondent Richard Engel reported that President Donald Trump’s Secretary of State Mike Pompeo was prone to “fits of anger” while working as Director of the CIA — including throwing binders at officials and demanding they take polygraph tests:
For context, former senior US intelligence officials tell @nbcnews while at the CIA, Pompeo was a bully to subordinates, driving some to quit or seek new assignments. “Throwing binders was a popular sport,” said one.
Pompeo, a former GOP representative from Kansas, was initially appointed by Trump to serve as CIA Director in 2017, then moved to the State Department after the firing of Rex Tillerson.
Pompeo is one of many senior Trump administration officials caught up in the Ukraine scandal, as new reporting reveals he was listening in on the call in which Trump apparently tried to extort the president of Ukraine to help him dig up dirt on former Vice President Joe Biden and his son.
Pompeo is a graduate of the US Military Academy (West Point). He served 5 years in the Army (the minimum required of a USMA grad), then, he left the Army, went to Harvard law school.
The author of this article is a retired Army officer with 30 years of service and three tours in Vietnam. I knew a few West Point officers. Most of them were good people, some were exceptionally fine people. However, there were a few who were flaming assholes, believing that the West Point class ring gave them the right to climb over everyone else and believing their shit does not stink.