UPDATED 8:15 AM PT –Thurs. May 17, 2018
President Trump is touting the progress being made in the confirmation process for his pick to lead the CIA.
In a tweet Wednesday, the president said Gina Haspel is one step closer to leading the brave men and women at the agency.
Gina Haspel is one step closer to leading our brave men and women at the CIA. She is exceptionally qualified and the Senate should confirm her immediately. We need her to keep our great country safe! #ConfirmGina
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 16, 2018
He applauded Haspel on her qualifications and called on the Senate to confirm her immediately.
This comes after the Senate Intelligence Committee gave her a favorable recommendation Wednesday, and could face a full Senate vote as early as Thursday. Even Democrats have praised her qualifications.
“The fact that she was overwhelmingly supported by frankly broad strokes in the intelligence community, including officials from the Obama administration — the individuals we were just having before our hearing — were all strong supporters,” commented Senator Mark Warner.
If confirmed, the veteran intelligence officer will be the first female director of the CIA after serving more than 30-years at the spy agency.