The Washington Times Weekly - - Geopolitic­s -

A knowl­edge­able Trump ad­min­is­tra­tion of­fi­cial tells In­side the Ring that ma­jor high-level changes are com­ing in Jan­uary.

CIA Direc­tor Mike Pom­peo, who has shown him­self to be one of Pres­i­dent Trump’s most loyal aides, is slated to take over as sec­re­tary of state from Rex W. Tiller­son.

The likely switch means U.S. Am­bas­sador to the United Na­tions Nikki R. Ha­ley will re­main at her post in New York, where she has won high marks from Mr. Trump as a com­pe­tent en­voy to the in­ter­na­tional or­ga­ni­za­tion.

Mr. Pom­peo has been lead­ing ef­forts at CIA to focus the in­tel­li­gence agency on the North Korean threat and plug­ging leaks of in­for­ma­tion. He also has en­gaged in ex­ten­sive in­ter­na­tional travel as part of in­tel­li­gence li­ai­son ac­tiv­i­ties around the world.

The open­ing at CIA head­quar­ters is ex­pected to be filled by for­mer Navy SEAL and re­tired Vice Adm. Bob Har­ward, a for­mer Cen­tral Com­mand deputy com­man­der who ear­lier this year turned down an offer to be White House na­tional se­cu­rity ad­viser af­ter NSC ad­viser Michael Flynn left the po­si­tion.

A spokesman Mr. Har­ward, cur­rently an ex­ec­u­tive at Lock­heed Martin, de­clined to com­ment. A CIA spokesman also de­clined com­ment.

Sen. Tom Cot­ton, Arkansas Repub­li­can, also is said to be in­ter­ested in tak­ing the CIA post in Jan­uary.

Mr. Tiller­son is said to have tipped the scales in fa­vor of his re­place­ment last month when it was re­ported he called the pres­i­dent “a mo­ron” and then re­fused to deny the name-call­ing episode dur­ing a ma­jor tele­vi­sion ap­pear­ance.

The for­mer Exxon Mo­bil chair­man has had a rocky ten­ure at Foggy Bot­tom, with crit­ics say­ing he has been turn­ing over key for­eign pol­i­cy­mak­ing roles to State Depart­ment bu­reau­crats and oth­ers who do not share Mr. Trump’s Amer­ica First agenda.

Mike Pom­peo

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