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Cotton Statement on the Nomination of Mike Pompeo for Secretary of State and Gina Haspel for CIA Director

March 13, 2018

Contact: Caroline Rabbitt Tabler (202) 224-2353

Washington, D.C. - Senator Tom Cotton (R-Arkansas) today released the following statement on the nomination of Mike Pompeo for Secretary of State and Gina Haspel for CIA Director:

"Mike Pompeo is an outstanding selection as our next Secretary of State. Mike's deep understanding of world affairs, his clear-eyed view of the threats to our national security, and his key relationships with world leaders make him an excellent choice to be our top diplomat. While it's a loss for the CIA, Gina Haspel is also an excellent choice to become the new CIA Director. A true professional with decades of experience at the Agency, Gina has worked closely with Mike and the national-security team over the last year. I look forward to supporting them both during the confirmation process and working with them in the years to come."