RI Senators Have Reservations On Proposed CIA Head

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Then the State Department released a statement casting some doubt on whether it's actually true that Tillerson was fired on Friday.

"We welcome Mr. Pompeo, in any capacity, to visit ou [r] staff and programs in any of the 155 countries where we work".

Paul also announced that he would try to block the president's nomination of the current CIA director, Mike Pompeo, to succeed Rex Tillerson as secretary of state.

Colleagues describe her as a seasoned veteran with 30-plus years of intelligence experience who would run the agency with integrity.

"We hope that this personnel change will at the least not have any effect on the development of Sino-US bilateral relations or Sino-US cooperation in some important areas", foreign ministry spokesman Lu Kang told reporters at a regular press briefing yesterday.

Mr Trump also named Gina Haspel to become the CIA's first female director.

Reports had swirled since last year of a rift between the commander-in-chief and his top diplomat. Tillerson said he agrees with British Prime Minister Theresa May's assessment that Russia was likely behind the recent poisoning of a Russian double agent in the United Kingdom. If confirmed, the 61-year-old career spymaster will succeed Mike Pompeo, who is replacing ousted Secretary of State Rex Tillerson. He was reportedly escorted out of the White House so fast, he couldn't even get his coat.

Pompeo's tough-talking rhetoric on Iran has experts questioning what the future of the Iran deal, or the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), which limits Iran's uranium enrichment, will look like.

Tillerson was completely out of step with Trump's hard-line stance on North Korea, which ultimately brought Kim Jong Un to the bargaining table.

Some of these critics were involved in the Clinton-era negotiations that led to the so-called Agreed Framework, whereby Pyongyang, having expelled IAEA inspectors and threatened to withdraw from the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, agreed to reconsider both moves and to freeze activity at the Yongbyon reactor in exchange for the construction and funding of two light water reactors and Washington's provision of fuel while the reactors were under construction.

Rand Paul said Wednesday the nomination of Gina Haspel to be CIA director is "the wrong kind of message to send to the world" due to her connection with enhanced interrogation and waterboarding in the Bush administration.

He's been a bully and a blowhard all his life because he owned the company.

Mr Tillerson had just returned from a shortened trip to Africa hours before Mr Trump's announcement. She responded not just to the worst attack on our country since Pearl Harbor, but to a world-ending threat.

The exact location of the Cat's Eye site has remained secret despite hundreds of attempts by Thai and foreign media to discover its actual whereabouts.

JOHN BERMAN, CNN: On the other hand, there is controversy in her past.

Feinstein's call for declassification mirrors that of other Democrats, including Oregon senator Ron Wyden, who said Tuesday he will oppose the nomination.

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