Kansas Rep. Mike Pompeo has accepted Donald Trump’s offer as CIA director in his new administration, according to multiple reports.
Pompeo, a three-term Republican from Wichita, met this week with Trump, and given the lawmaker’s background on military and intelligence issues, it seemed likely that CIA director and Army secretary were two possibilities.
He’s a supporter of the National Security Agency’s controversial bulk data collection program and sought to restore the agency’s access to the data it had already collected under the Patriot Act from its inception through late last year.
He’s a graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and Harvard Law School. He’s also a member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee.
Pompeo, who grew up in the traditionally Republican enclave of Orange County, California, founded Thayer Aerospace, a company that made parts for commercial and military aircraft. After selling Thayer, he became president of Sentry International, a company that manufactures and sells equipment used in oil fields.
Pompeo has made some controversial statements about Muslims. Weeks after the Boston marathon bombing in 2013, in a speech on the House floor, he not only accused Islamic faith leaders of not doing enough to condemn terrorist attacks, but also suggested they might be encouraging them.
“When the most devastating terrorist attacks on America in the last 20 years come overwhelmingly from people of a single faith, and are performed in the name of that faith, a special obligation falls on those that are the leaders of that faith,” Pompeo said. “Instead of responding, silence has made these Islamic leaders across America potentially complicit in these acts and more importantly still, in those that may well follow.”
What’s controversial about that dozens of Islam-related incidents in Kansas.
Old media – employing brainwashed millenials – simply cannot be trusted to report even the basics without obfuscation and injecting their institutionalized bias.
Question for reader’s: Does Pompeo really believe the core tenets of Islam and Mohammad did not include violence? If so, maybe Guandolo or Spencer can provide some historical clarification in the very near future.