US Senate confirms Donald Trump’s CIA director Mike Pompeo to lead a tense intelligence community

January 24, 2017 10:30 pm

Rep. (R-KS) attends his confirmation hearing before the Senate (Select) Intelligence Committee on January 12, 2017 in Washington, DC. (Photo by AFP)

Representative Mike Pompeo has been approved as the new director of the CIA amid a rift between the intelligence community and new President .
The US Senate voted 66-32 Monday to confirm the Kansas Republican to replace John Brennan as the director of the spy agency.
Trump has already been accused of undermining the intelligence community by questioning its findings in regard to Russian hacking efforts in favor of him amid the US 2016 presidential vote and likening it to the false intelligence that led to Iraq War.
The new president appeared in front of the CIA’s Memorial Wall of Agency in his first visit on Saturday, a move that has apparently done little to end frictions.
White House press secretary Sean Spicer downplayed the rift between the new administration and the CIA, calling it a “myth.”
“That doesn’t sound like a huge feud. They were excited. They were clapping. They were cheering when he walked in,” he told reporters. “To see reports that made it sound like there was some fence-mending that needed to happen — that sure didn’t look that way when you walked in.”
The new president’s performance, however, outraged the CIA’s former director, who said Trump should be “ashamed of himself.”
In his speech, Trump denied having a feud with the community, asserting that any such row should be blamed on “dishonest” media.
Trump was sworn in as the 45th president of the during an inauguration ceremony on Friday.
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