Mike Pompeo was confirmed as CIA director by the Senate on Monday. This made the conservative Kansas congressman in charge of an agency that is crucial in the intelligence world.
As director of the CIA, Pompeo will be responsible for managing a global network of intelligence officers. Now while we’re in a time of escalating security problems, including renewed aggression from Russia, the nuclear ambitions of North Korea and the splintering terror threat posed by the Islamic State this position is very crucial to national security.
Trump has expressed confidence in Pompeo, who served as a tank commander in the Army and graduated at the top of his class at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.
“Intelligence agencies are vital and very, very important,” Trump said at his news conference earlier this month. He singled out Pompeo, saying that his administration was “putting in some outstanding people.”
Pompeo was a prominent member of the Tea Party in Congress. A fierce critic of Clinton and was an opponent of the Iran Nuclear Deal. Often saying that the U.S. government’s conduct in the attacks on U.S. compounds in Benghazi, Libya, was a political scandal that was “worse in some ways” than Watergate.
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