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Wednesday, May 9, 2018
Trump comes to Haspel’s defense, says Dems 'worry' she's 'too tough on terror'
article appeared on Fox News on May 7th
By Brooke Singman
defended on Monday his nominee for director of the Central Intelligence Agency,
Gina Haspel, slamming Democrats for accusing her of being “too tough on
The White House has
repeatedly come to Haspel’s defense as Democrats push for her to withdraw her
name from consideration following the revelation that she was a chief of base
at a covert detention site in Thailand, where two terrorism suspects were
subjected to waterboarding -- a technique that simulates drowning.
“My highly respected
nominee for CIA Director, Gina Haspel, has come under fire because she was too
tough on terrorists. Think of that, in these very dangerous times, we have the
most qualified person, a woman, who Democrats want OUT because she is too tough
on terror. Win Gina!” Trump tweeted early Monday.
My highly respected nominee
for CIA Director, Gina Haspel, has come under fire because she was too tough on
Terrorists. Think of that, in these very dangerous times, we have the most
qualified person, a woman, who Democrats want OUT because she is too tough on
terror. Win Gina!
But Haspel has come
under partisan pressure in recent weeks, and reportedly offered to withdraw,
though Fox News could not independently verify those reports.
White House spokesman
Raj Shah defended Haspel last week, saying that her “nomination will not be
derailed by partisan critics who side with the ACLU over the CIA on how to keep
the American people safe.”
Haspel, who would be
the first woman to lead the CIA, and first career operations officer to be
nominated for the post in decades, served almost entirely undercover and much
of her record is classified.
“There has been a
fascinating phenomenon over the last few weeks. Those who know the true Gina
Haspel -- who worked with her, served with her, who helped her confront
terrorism, Russia and countless other threats to our nation -- they almost
uniformly support her. There is a reason for that,” CIA spokesman Dean Boyd
told Fox News. “When the American people finally have a chance to see the true
Gina Haspel on Wednesday, they will understand why she is so admired and why
she is and will be a great leader for this agency.”
Haspel with Sec of Defense Jim Mattis
Haspel will testify
before the Senate Intelligence Committee on Wednesday for her confirmation
also has been supported by members of past administrations -- like Former
Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice.
“If you were not in a
position of authority on September 11, you have no idea the pressures that we
faced to try and make sure that this country wasn’t attacked again,” Rice said
on “Fox & Friends” last week.
Haspel’s work also
has been praised by members of the Obama administration -- like former Director
of National Intelligence James Clapper, former CIA Director John Brennan, and
former CIA Deputy Director Michael Morrell.