CIA nom­i­nee backs in­tel re­port, talks tough against Rus­sia

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - NATION+WORLD -

Don­ald Trump’s pick to run the CIA took a tough stand Thurs­day against Rus­sia, dis­tanc­ing him­self from the pres­i­dent-elect.

Rep. Mike Pom­peo, a four-term con­ser­va­tive Kansas Repub­li­can, spoke at his con­fir­ma­tion hear­ing be­fore the Se­nate in­tel­li­gence com­mit­tee amid a testy stand­off be­tween Trump and the spy com­mu­nity over Rus­sian ac­tiv­i­ties dur­ing the elec­tion.

He said he ac­cepts the find­ings in an in­tel­li­gence as­sess­ment that Rus­sia in­ter­fered in the U.S. elec­tion with the goal of help­ing Trump win.

On Rus­sia, his mes­sage was clear and tough. “Rus­sia has re­asserted it­self ag­gres­sively, in­vad­ing and oc­cu­py­ing Ukraine, threat­en­ing Europe and do­ing noth­ing to aid in the de­feat of ISIS,” Pom­peo said, re­fer­ring to Is­lamic State mil­i­tants.

If con­firmed, Pom­peo would take the helm of the CIA in what he said was the “most com­pli­cated threat en­vi­ron­ment the United States has faced in re­cent mem­ory.”

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