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The Trump team has announced Mike Pompeo is the President Elect’s pick for CIA Director. Donald Trump said in a statement Friday, “He has served our country with honor and spent his life fighting for the security of our citizens .. he will be a brilliant and unrelenting leader for our intelligence community to ensure the safety of Americans and our allies.” Pompeo later announced his acceptance of Trump’s nomination. Despite being known as a hardline conservative, his nomination has been praised by many, including Democrats. Representative Schiff of California, the top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, complemented Pompeo, labeling him “bright and hard-working.” Here are 8 things to know about the new CIA Director and his job:

  1. Michael Pompeo has served as a representative of Kansas’s 4th congressional district since 2011.

  2. Pompeo attended the US Military Academy for mechanical engineering and graduated first in his class. He served as an Army tank officer. He received his J.D. from Harvard Law School.

  3. Mike gained prominence for his part in the investigation into the 2012 attacks in Benghazi, Libya.

  4. Pompeo is opposed to the Affordable Care Act, closing the Guantanamo Bay detention camp, and the concept of global warming.

  5. He is pro-life, a lifetime member of the NRA, and supported the National Security Agency’s surveillance program.

  6. In the House Of Representatives, he served on the Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, Committee of Energy and Commerce, and 4 subcommittees, including the Subcommittee on the CIA.

  7. The Director of the Central Intelligence Agency is a civilian or a general/flag officer of the armed forces nominated by the president, who must also be confirmed by a majority vote of the Senate.

  8. Mike Pompeo will be replacing incumbent CIA Director John Brennan, who assumed office in 2013 after being appointed by President Barack Obama.

    Danielle B
    Danielle is a conservative political consultant who aides organizations in communicating their big ideas and empowering leaders. She works with a multitude of organizations, most notably including the American Conservation Coalition, OUTSET Network, and Future Female Leaders. Danielle can't explain why she doesn't need feminism, she's too busy succeeding without it. She likes coffee, capitalism, and proving people wrong.

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