WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:
- President Donald Trump has flown to CIA headquarters in Langley on Monday to swear in Gina Haspel, the agency’s new director.
- Haspel, the first woman to hold the top post in the CIA, won the Senate confirmation last week.
- Trump praised Haspel at the swearing-in ceremony, just hours after accusing former CIA director John Brennan of disgracing the agency.
Gina Haspel was sworn in as the seventh director of the CIA. As the first female to lead the country’s most prominent spy agency, Trump was all praise for Haspel.
“Our enemies will take note: Gina is tough, she is strong, and when it comes to defending America, Gina will never ever back down,” the president said. “The exceptional men and women of this agency deserve exceptional leadership, and in Gina Haspel that is exactly what you are getting.”
The 61-year-old new CIA director has been undercover most of her 33 years at the agency. She oversaw a secret “black site” in Thailand where suspected terrorists were tortured. Haspel wrote an order in 2005, at her supervisor’s request, to destroy 92 videotapes of the torture techniques.
The president described the CIA as “the most elite intelligence professionals on the planet Earth.” But Trump blasted John Brennan, the CIA’s fifth director, calling him a disgrace and accused him of engaging in a “political hit job” against him.
Though it serves as the president’s eyes and ears around the world, the CIA is also investigating Russian’s role in the 2016 presidential election.
Trump ordered an investigation via Twitter on Sunday. He wants to know whether his campaign was infiltrated by the FBI infiltrated so they can spy on him. He accused Brennan of being “the genesis of this whole debacle.”
Trump’s Monday tweet read: “John Brennan is panicking.” He has disgraced himself, he has disgraced the Country, he has disgraced the entire Intelligence Community. He is the one man who is largely responsible for the destruction of American’s faith in the Intelligence Community and in some people at the FBI.”
Brennan is among Trump’s list of being “the biggest liars and leakers” in Washington. Others who were in the list include Former FBI director James Comey and James Clapper, former director of national intelligence.
Source: USA Today