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Trump Names First Woman, ‘Seasoned Spymaster,' to Head Central Intelligence Agency

Trump Names First Woman, ‘Seasoned Spymaster,' to Head Central Intelligence Agency

The historic promotion for Haspel, 61, comes one year after she was nominated by Trump to serve as the deputy director of the CIA, a post with responsibilities that include assisting the CIA director with “managing intelligence collection, analysis, covert action, counterintelligence, and liaison relationships with foreign services,” her CIA bio states:

In Washington, she has held numerous senior leadership positions, including as Deputy Director of the National Clandestine Service, Deputy Director of the National Clandestine Service for Foreign Intelligence and Covert Action, and Chief of Staff for the Director of the National Clandestine Service.

“After thirty years as an officer of the Central Intelligence Agency, it has been my honor to serve as its Deputy Director alongside Mike Pompeo for the past year,” Haspel said in a statement distributed on Tuesday and included in a Time magazine report.

The New York Post reported that Sen. Richard Burr (R-NC), chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee which oversees the CIA, said he is supporting Haspel’s nomination and will take steps “ensuring its consideration without delay.”

I am very pleased to learn of Director Pompeo’s selection of Gina Haspel as Deputy Director.

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