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CIA’s Pompeo: tough-talking ex-soldier has earned Trump’s trust

Reuel Marc Gerecht
30th November 2017 - Quoted by Agence France Presse

President Donald Trump's reported plan to make CIA chief Mike Pompeo his top diplomat would bring another tough-talking military veteran into his cabinet, but hand over a troubled State Department to someone with untested diplomatic skills.

US media said Thursday that Trump had decided to remove current Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, the former chief executive of oil giant ExxonMobil, after less than a year in the job.


"Pompeo obviously wants the agency to be more aggressive with paramilitary operations, he wants it to be more aggressive with espionage," said Reuel Marc Gerecht, a former CIA official now at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies.


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