President Donald Trump will adjust a recent executive action to include CIA Director Mike Pompeo as a permanent member of the National Security Council after facing backlash for excluding the intelligence community from the meetings.
CIA Director Mike Pompeo was never informed of a draft executive order publicly disclosed Wednesday that could reinstate waterboarding along with other enhanced interrogation methods at reopened CIA “black site” prisons overseas.
Sen. Tom Cotton (R., Ark.) on Friday reportedly accused Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D., N.Y.) of breaking his word by delaying Mike Pompeo’s confirmation vote to head the CIA, getting in a heated conversation hours after the presidential inauguration.
UPDATED: Rep. Mike Pompeo (R., Kansas) was confirmed Monday night as the new Director of the Central Intelligence Agency for President Donald Trump’s administration.
Democrats loyal to former President Barack Obama are waging a behind-the-scenes effort to undermine President Donald Trump’s national security team by blocking key appointees, according to multiple sources familiar with the outgoing administration’s efforts.
Russia’s meddling in the U.S. presidential election and cyber security took center stage at several confirmation hearings for Donald Trump’s Cabinet nominees this past week, with lawmakers from both parties raising questions about the government’s efforts to counter aggression in cyber space.