Progressive groups lash out over Pompeo secretary of State appointment

Progressive groups lash out over Pompeo secretary of State appointment
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A coalition of progressive foreign policy groups on Tuesday released a statement attacking the Trump administration for the nomination of CIA Director Mike PompeoMichael (Mike) Richard PompeoTurkey knocks US support for YPG as ‘big mistake’ Trump to speak with CIA about Khashoggi's murder Overnight Defense — Presented by Raytheon — Lawmakers struggle with how to punish Saudi Arabia | Trump regrets not visiting Arlington for Veterans Day | North Korea deports detained American MORE to be the next secretary of State, calling him a "dangerous choice" for the agency.

Win Without War, an organization of left-leaning foreign policy groups, issued the statement condemning Pompeo for "anti-Muslim views" and "colluding with ideologically driven organizations to misrepresent intelligence."

"Throughout his career, he has been a proponent of torture, denied climate science, promoted anti-Muslim views, and opposed diplomacy with Iran," the group's director, Stephen Miles,  wrote.

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"With impending, high-level diplomatic needs — from North Korea to trade negotiations — Mike Pompeo is a dangerous choice for Secretary of State."

The statement went on to criticize CIA Deputy Director Gina Haspel, Pompeo's proposed replacement, for her involvement in the CIA's torture program under the Bush administration.

"Ms. Haspel played an integral role in one of the CIA’s darkest hours, the Bush-era torture program," Miles wrote.

"As a senior official, she not only helped run the torture program but then worked to cover it up to prevent the American public from knowing the truth of this shameful period. Her direct role in the torture program should disqualify her from any further public service, let alone running the very agency at the heart of this scandalous history.”

President TrumpDonald John TrumpBroward County official Brenda Snipes submits resignation after criticism Retired lieutenant general tears into Trump over attacks against Navy SEAL: 'Disgusting' Senate barrels toward showdown over Trump's court picks MORE on Tuesday announced that he was firing Secretary of State Rex TillersonRex Wayne TillersonWhite House ousts Sessions Trump downplays potential turnover: 'Everybody wants to work in this White House' Trump says Cabinet changes likely after midterms MORE and named Pompeo as the top diplomat's replacement. Pompeo will face confirmation hearings in the Senate next month.

Trump announced Pompeo's new job shortly after his and Haspel's new roles were reported by The Washington Post.

"Mike Pompeo, Director of the CIA, will become our new Secretary of State," Trump tweeted.

"He will do a fantastic job! Thank you to Rex Tillerson for his service! Gina Haspel will become the new Director of the CIA, and the first woman so chosen. Congratulations to all!"