Ex-CIA director praises Trump's pick to lead agency

Ex-CIA director praises Trump's pick to lead agency
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Former CIA director retired Gen. Michael Hayden said Sunday that the intelligence community holds a favorable view of President-elect Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpChanges in policies, not personalities, will improve perception of corruption in the US Union leader: Bloomberg can go all the way Pelosi: 'I'm not counting Joe Biden out' MORE's pick to lead the agency.

“The word from the intel community was they thought that was a pretty good pick,” Hayden said during an interview with radio host John Catsimatidis, referring to Trump's pick of Rep. Mike Pompeo (R-Kan.) to serve as CIA director.

“I know the congressman’s got a well-armed reputation for being a partisan Republican, tea party roots, was really focused on Benghazi and that whole email server thing. But even when he was doing that, what I hear from the guys in the community, John, he did his homework,” Hayden said. 


Pompeo was among Trump's first announcements last month for the incoming administration.

“He’s going forward, assuming he’s confirmed of course, he’s going forward with I think a lot of folks in the agency are going to be happy to see him," Hayden said.

Hayden, who previously served as the director of the National Security Agency from 1999-2005, also said he thinks North Korea will be the first issue to test Trump once he is in office.

“What I would want to press upon the new president is that we are seeing major tectonic shifts in the global strategic situation,” he said.

Trump put a renewed focus on U.S. strategies in Asia on Friday when he spoke by phone with the president of Taiwan, which broke with decades of U.S. protocol, potentially inflaming relations with China.