Gina Haspel has officially been sworn in as CIA Director by Vice President Mike Pence. President Trump also participated in her swearing in.
President Trump praised CIA director Gina Haspel at her swearing-in ceremony Monday by saying "no one in this country is better qualified" for the role.
During the ceremony, which was also attended by Vice President Mike Pence and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, the president said the agency is made up of the "most elite intelligence professionals on the planet."
Haspel was confirmed Thursday as CIA director, becoming the first woman to lead the agency after overcoming initial Democratic opposition regarding her role in post-9/11 interrogation and detention practices.
Haspel, who previously served as deputy director and has spent her career with the agency, replaces Pompeo at the CIA.
Ahead of her confirmation, Haspel earned emphatic support from GOP lawmakers as well as intelligence community members from both Democratic and Republican administrations.
"The safety and security of the American people depend on capable intelligence leadership. Gina Haspel is the right woman at the right time," Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said.
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