DI­REC­TOR POM­PEO TAKES THE STAGE

The Washington Times Daily - - POLITICS -

It is a sig­nif­i­cant ap­pear­ance dur­ing a very jit­tery week. On Thurs­day CIA di­rec­tor Mike Pom­peo leads an hour­long dis­cus­sion on na­tional se­cu­rity at the Cen­ter for Strate­gic and In­ter­na­tional Stud­ies, just a few blocks north of the White House. This in­vi­ta­tion-only event’s guest list quickly filled to ca­pac­ity and is des­tined to draw in­tense in­ter­est from a cu­ri­ous, crit­i­cal press. Mr. Pom­peo will be in­tro­duced by John Hamre, pres­i­dent and CEO of the host or­ga­ni­za­tion; the mod­er­a­tor is Juan Zarate, chair­man of the Fi­nan­cial In­tegrity Network.

Ev­ery­one here bris­tles with cre­den­tials, in­clud­ing Mr. Pom­peo, a for­mer four-term Repub­li­can con­gress­man from Kansas who served on the House Se­lect Com­mit­tee on Beng­hazi. But wait, there’s much to know: Mr. Pom­peo grad­u­ated first in his class at West Point, went to Har­vard Law School fol­low­ing com­bat duty in Europe and the Mid­dle East, and later founded two suc­cess­ful busi­nesses.

Since he was con­firmed as CIA di­rec­tor, Mr. Pom­peo pre­dictably has been sub­jected to news cov­er­age rife with anony­mous sources and sug­ges­tions of dis­cord within the Trump ad­min­is­tra­tion, by now a fa­mil­iar old theme. Now Mr. Pom­peo will have his say. C-SPAN will cover it; the event also will be livestreamed at CSIS.org. Show­time is 3:30 p.m. EST.

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