Trump Swears In Gina Haspel As New CIA Director

Elias Hubbard
May 22, 2018

Haspel said Monday that she was honored to be chosen to lead the agency.

New CIA Director Gina Haspel pledged to send more spies into the field during her swearing-in Monday as President Donald Trump offered up praise for the rank-and-file, who felt snubbed during his first visit to the headquarters of the premier US intelligence agency.

Hailing the "heroines" who had gone before her and expressing hope she and her team would be "role models", she takes over from Mike Pompeo, whom President Donald Trump recently made his secretary of state.

Around the possible appointment of rose hype in connection with rumours that used Haspel harsh methods of interrogation that could be interpreted as torture, and the destruction of the videotapes of such interrogations, - the candidate wanted to get out from office.

The president, along with right-wing media pundits and Republican politicians, also deflected from Haspel's torture record by pointing to her gender, as Trump - and others - reiterated that she is the first woman picked to lead the Central Intelligence Agency.

Though her three decade-career at the agency was largely spent in the clandestine service and remains classified, Haspel was known in 2002 to have overseen a secret "black site" in Thailand, where at least two detainees were waterboarded.

In his introductory remarks, Trump paid tribute to Haspel as "a very special person" who was uniquely qualified to lead "the most elite intelligence professionals on the planet Earth". Her refusal to acknowledge torture's immorality is disqualifying.

In a rare quip, Haspel on Monday also acknowledged the difficulty of navigating her own confirmation battle.

"It has been almost 50 years since an operations officer rose up through the ranks to become the director, and after the experience of the last two months I think I know why that is", Ms. Haspel said, drawing laughs from the crowd at Langley. "Any Democrat who claims to support women's empowerment and our national security but opposes her nomination is a total hypocrite", Huckabee Sanders wrote in a tweet on May 5. Jeff Flake of Arizona. They said they voted for Haspel because they thought her experience was essential in confronting today's threats from USA adversaries like Russia, North Korea, China and Iran. Bill Nelson in Florida. Jeanne Shaheen of New Hampshire and Sen. Mark Warner of Virginia, the ranking member of the intelligence committee.

"This has not been an easy decision", Warner said, adding that he'd met and talked with Haspel many times in the past several weeks. Trump again assailed the investigation as a "Witch Hunt" and demanded that the FBI or the Department of Justice investigate whether his campaign was subject to improper surveillance.

After the vote, human rights groups quickly issued statements denouncing the confirmation and the now-defunct program.

Or maybe they don't trust a woman to lead the agency.

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