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US President Donald Trump has nominated CIA Deputy Director Gina Haspel to replace Mike Pompeo.

Haspel's nomination still requires confirmation by the US Senate - a process she did not have to go through to be installed as deputy director.

As for Gina Haspel, the only term she should be serving is a prison term, not a cabinet appointment.

"But if you're talking about broad foreign policy orientations then the fact that Pompeo has made some remarks in the past which essentially says the same thing about China being a big competitor of the United States, as Trump has said, those are, I think, are worrying signs".

"It was very clear that what the Chinese are doing, whether that'd be on trade or the theft of intellectual property or their continued advancement in East and South China Seas, this administration is prepared and engaged in pushing back against the Chinese threats so that we can have a good relationship with China in a way the world desperately needs", Pompeo said. "While friction with Trump was months old, the abrupt timing here is suspect", Beau Willimon, the creator of the television series House of Cards, said on Twitter.

Micheal Flynn, National Security Advisor resigned in February after his disclosure that he had discussed U.S. sanctions on Russia with the Russian ambassador to USA before Trump took office.

He was born in California.

"This is a point where Senators should care about the rule of law".

Despite the way the announcement was handled, many conservatives viewed Pompeo's ascendance as an enormous opportunity.

Pompeo, a former member of Congress, may prove more adept at winning friends on Capitol Hill.

Kim Kardashian Is Done Having Kids…Probably
From the sounds of it, things are going well in the Kardashian-West household. "I would do this again a thousand more times". When looking back on her experience with surrogacy , Kim admitted she "would recommend" it to anyone.

He also has longstanding, close ties to Charles and David Koch, the billionaire conservatives who continue to fund efforts to discredit mainstream climate science and sow doubt among the public.

Bilateral relations have worsened in recent years over Russia's aggression against Ukraine, the war in Syria, Russian interference in the 2016 US presidential election, and other issues.

Trump has threatened to tear up the Iran nuclear deal, negotiated by the Obama administration and five other countries, although so far he has stopped short of doing so.

Haspel is a career intelligence officer who joined the CIA in 1985. Top economic adviser Gary Cohn announced his resignation last week, not long after communications director Hope Hicks and staff secretary Rob Porter both departed near the start of Trump's second year in office. "Instead of responding, silence has made these Islamic leaders across America potentially complicit in these acts and, more importantly still, in those that may well follow".

Maya Foa, director of global human rights organisation Reprieve, said in a statement delivered to Al Jazeera that Haspel "is simply not fit to hold an office that requires, at its very heart, a commitment to uphold the values of the Constitution".

"We got along quite well, but we disagreed on things", Trump said of the former Exxon Mobil CEO, who was given the position at Foggy Bottom at the behest of heavy-hitting establishment Republicans, including former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice.

He was confirmed to the post by a 66-32 vote and sworn in on January 23, 2017.

Tillerson said he was delegating his responsibilities to Deputy Secretary of State John Sullivan and would formally step down at the end of the month.

This State Department mandate was essentially delegated to the Pentagon or Trump's inner circle, most notably his son-in-law Jared Kushner who has been the conduit to Trump for foreign leaders instead of Tillerson. And Pompeo would be the likely replacement.

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