US Republican Senator Paul opposes Pompeo, Haspel nominations

US Republican Senator Paul opposes Pompeo, Haspel nominations

Trump appointed Haspel to take over the CIA after he fired secretary of state Rex Tillerson and tapped CIA director Mike Pompeo to replace him as the top US diplomat. It is believed that Pompeo will support Trump in this, something especially notable because Trump's May deadline for fixing its flaws approaches.

Fictional communications director Toby Ziegler and press secretary CJ Cregg would be spinning in their graves - if they were real and if they were dead - at the daily disasters resulting from Donald Trump's liberal, uncensored and unfettered use of the Twittersphere. Trump expressed confidence in his selection, tweeting that Pompeo will do a "fantastic job".

Tillerson, it should be recalled, was recommended for the job by former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, who served under President George W. Bush. She's been described in the media as a "seasoned intelligence veteran", with an "uncanny ability to get things done" and as someone who "inspires those around her". "We look forward to her confirmation", spokesman Raj Shah told reporters. In doing so, Pompeo never lost his access to Trump, or experienced a mass revolt to his leadership like Tillerson faced at the State Department.

But Bratislava, for all its venal shenanigans, is not Washington, where a president's inexplicable lunacy is eroding the alliances that hold the world together. "Yesterday he said the attempted poisoning of an ex-spy in London clearly came from Russia and will trigger a response", Meyers noted. The Army Field Manual spells out which types of interrogation are permitted, and waterboarding is not among them. That means the current CIA Director moves over to head the State Department. He was reportedly waterboarded 83 times, locked in a coffin, deprived of sleep and slammed against the wall, according to a congressional report on the program.

Mr. Pompeo's appointment scares many Senators, especially given rumours that Mr. Trump's National Security Advisor, General H.R. McMaster, will soon face the President's axe.

Committee Democrats said it was too early to say how they would vote.

This could unleash a dangerous chain of events in the volatile Middle East. Haspel also apparently had a role in the decision to destroy video evidence of these interrogations in 2005. "I don't want, if they're ever captured, for foreign countries to that think torture is okay".

All these events have a similar character: Trump conducts himself more and more in the manner of a Mussolini, putting into practice his frequent declaration during the 2016 campaign that only he could put right what is wrong about American society. "I think it's going to go very well", he added.

"Tillerson's ouster is a sign of continued turbulence in US foreign policy", said Jessica Chen Weiss, a Cornell University professor.

Following Tillerson's firing, Goldstein said in a statement that Tillerson "had every intention of remaining" in his post and that he had not spoken to Trump about his firing.

If confirmed by the Senate, Pompeo will take over a State Department plagued by vacancies, and he will have three immediate problems to tackle - Syria, North Korea and Iran.

Ms Haspel is a career CIA employee who was appointed deputy director by Mr Trump in 2017.

"Netanyahu's efforts to prevent Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons are incredibly admirable and deeply appreciated", he said after meeting the prime minister then.

"Everything that we have seen and heard so far is that the Saudis and Emiratis are dug in and not particularly inclined to reach an accommodation", said Feierstein, a former ambassador to Yemen and deputy to former Secretary of State John Kerry in the Obama administration.

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