Following weeks of growing tension with the intelligence community over allegations that Russian officials tempered with the 2016 election, President Trump has put his differences aside and made his first visit to an agency as the commander-in-chief.
"I'm so behind you," Trump reassured the crowd. "Maybe you haven't gotten the backing you wanted. You're going to get so much backing, maybe you're doing to say 'please don't give us so much backing.'"
There is nobody who feels more strongly about the intelligence community and the CIA than Donald Trump.
News of his visit comes in the midst of reports that U.S. law enforcement and intelligence agencies are reviewing communications and financial transactions as a "broad investigation into possible links between Russian officials and associates of President-elect Donald J. Trump," the New York Times reported Friday.
Trump's former campaign manager, Paul Manafort, is included in the investigation, the Times added, for his prior work for a pro-Russian Ukrainian politician, Viktor Yanukovych.
When it came to the issues, Trump echoed what he said on the campaign trail, calling for an end to radical Islam.
"I believe this group is going to be one of the most important groups to make us safe, to make us winners again," he said.
He also called out the "dishonest media."
Trump also spoke about the size of inauguration crowds, which he claimed reached the Washington Monument.
Aerial images insinuate otherwise.
White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer initially announced the president's trip to CIA headquarters Saturday afternoon in Langley, Virginia.
More than 300 are expected to attend, Spicer said.
Pres Trump will be accompanied to CIA by his nominee to be Director, @RepMikePompeo, awaiting Senate confirmation.— Mark Knoller (@markknoller) January 21, 2017
CBS News said CIA nominee Mike Pompeo will accompany the president on the trip.
As for the details of Saturday's meet and greet with the CIA, CBS News reported earlier that Trump officials made a request to visit the CIA Memorial Wall, which pays tribute to employees who died in the line of service.