DIRECTOR POMPEO TAKES THE STAGE
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.