Trump selects candidates for CIA director, attorney general
The official said retired Lieutenant General Mike Flynn was chosen as the president-elect’s national security adviser, a position that does not require US Senate confirmation.
All three men have accepted Trump’s offer, and the announcements will be made formally later on Friday, according to the transition team member, who spoke on condition of anonymity.
Pompeo has echoed Trump’s criticism of the Iran nuclear deal. In a tweet on Thursday, Pompeo wrote: “I look forward to rolling back this disastrous deal with the world’s largest state sponsor of terrorism.”
Pompeo graduated first in his class from West Point and was a cavalry officer in Europe. He graduated from Harvard Law School, and later founded an aerospace company that provided parts for commercial and military aircraft.
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An Army intelligence veteran of three decades, Flynn was assistant director of national intelligence under Democratic President Barack Obama. He was director of intelligence for Joint Special Operations Command from July 2004 to June 2007,
In choosing Sessions as the nation’s chief law enforcement officer, Trump awarded a loyalist whose hard-line and at times inflammatory statements on immigration were similar to his own.
Sessions opposes any path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants and was an enthusiastic backer of Trump’s promise to build a wall on the border with Mexico.
Republican National Committee spokesman Sean Spicer, who is involved in the Trump presidential transition, would not confirm the reports. “Until Donald Trump says it, it’s not official,” Spicer said.
However, Trump’s transition team put out a statement on Thursday praising Sessions after their meeting a day earlier.
“While nothing has been finalized and he is still talking with others as he forms his Cabinet, the president-elect has been unbelievably impressed with Senator Sessions and his phenomenal record as Alabama’s attorney general and U.S. attorney,” the statement said.
In 1986, Sessions became only the second nominee in 50 years to be denied confirmation as a federal judge after allegations that he had made racist remarks, and in 1986 he had called an African-American prosecutor “boy,” an allegation he denied.
Sessions said he was not a racist, but said at his hearing that groups such as the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People and the American Civil Liberties Union could be considered “un-American.”