President Donald Trump took to Twitter Tuesday to take aim at John Kerry, endorse a cabinet nominee, and announce an worldwide phone call.
Haspel, a Central Intelligence Agency veteran of 33 years, in 2002 supervised a Central Intelligence Agency secret interrogation site in Thailand, where torture methods, including waterboarding, were used.
In the ad, CIA director nominee Gina Haspel is described as "a decorated intelligence officer admired by allies around the globe with bipartisan support".
He also said the American people would get a chance to hear from her directly at her confirmation hearing on Wednesday.
Then the president switched gears to announce that he would call President Xi of China to discuss trade and denuclearization in the Korean peninsula. He added that "in these very risky times, we have the most qualified person, a woman, who Democrats want OUT because she is too tough on terror".
Haspel, who is acting CIA director, had told the White House she didn't want to stay in contention if her bruising confirmation battle this week would jeopardize the agency.
She said the interrogations did not break laws, were authorized by the Justice Department and fully briefed to members of Congress. Senators including Rand Paul, R-Ky., say they won't support her. CIA veterans would also see her confirmation as a sign that the agency had been officially absolved of its misdeeds in the war on terror.
Lawmakers had complained that despite repeated requests the CIA has failed to declassify information about her more than 30-year undercover career at the agency.
"The reason you're seeing contingency planning isn't a lack of confidence in Gina, but because they're seeing the Democrats band together. they're anxious they're not going to have the votes, ' a former national security source told the network".
Haspel became deputy director of the agency in 2017 and was named last Tuesday as the replacement for Mike Pompeo, who was made secretary of state.
She has received robust backing from former intelligence, diplomatic, military and national security officials, who praise her extensive intelligence career. The news was first reported Sunday by The Washington Post.
Sanders told reporters Monday Haspel is "100%" committed to seeing her confirmation process through.
Trump has vented that his team isn't doing enough to prevent the kind of headwinds that Haspel and other Cabinet picks have faced in the Senate, according to one White House official.
"If Barack Obama had nominated her when he was president, she would have sailed through without question", attorney Debra Burlingame said on "Fox & Friends".
Haspel is facing opposition from some Democrats and many rights groups who are critical of her activities related to the shredding of 92 interrogation videotapes in 2005 and her stint as chief of base at a covert detention site in Thailand where two detainees were waterboarded, which simulates drowning.
"If you don't like that, then don't smuggle children over our border", Sessions said, in typically severe remarks. Immigration advocates have said that separations of children from parents have been happening for months.
Back in 2015, protesters ripped the shirts off Air France executives after the company revealed plans to cut thousands of jobs. The French finance minister Bruno Le Maire called into question the survival of the national air carrier Air France on Sunday.
Producer Boney Kapoor was also seen posing with daughter Anshula Kapoor outside the wedding venue of Sonam and Anand. In the evening, the couple will throw a post-wedding bash for their near and dear ones and friends from the industry.
Sonam is also scheduled to walk the red carpet at Cannes Film Festival on 14 May, which has further added to her commitments. The bride-to-be and the groom-to-be have color-coordinated their outfits and are wearing the shades of pink.
While on stage at I/O, Google also debuted a new navigation system that uses Street View and AR to guide you to your destination. The new "For you" tab is the best way to stay on top of the latest and greatest happening in the areas you're into.
Shire shareholders will own 50% of the enlarged group following the deal, which is expected to complete in the first half of 2019. Acquiring the Shire will add another wing to the Takeda Pharma which is rare-disease treatments , or "orphan drugs".
Kerr believes his decision to insert Andre Iguodala into the starting lineup paid off for Golden State . Durant didn't reply until he woke up, but his response was affirmative: "I got you", he told Green.
Race favourite Chris Froome finished safely in the peloton after a bunch sprint in the Mediterranean coastal resort of Tel Aviv. Australian Rohan Dennis , of BMC Racing, took the race leader's pink jersey off reigning champion Tom Dumoulin .
Most of the miners came from the same village in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa's Shangla district, officials told Pakistan's Dawn newspaper. A government official says a methane gas explosion in a coal mine has killed at least six miners in southwest Pakistan .
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