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Progressive groups lash out over Pompeo secretary of State appointment

Progressive groups lash out over Pompeo secretary of State appointment
© Greg Nash

A coalition of progressive foreign policy groups on Tuesday released a statement attacking the Trump administration for the nomination of CIA Director Mike PompeoMike PompeoChina: US military presence in South China Sea a threat to peace, stability White House installs new leadership at federally-funded international broadcasters US carrier group enters South China Sea amid tensions between China, Taiwan 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 TrumpSchumer: Impeachment trial will be quick, doesn't need a lot of witnesses Nurse to be tapped by Biden as acting surgeon general: report Schumer calls for Biden to declare climate emergency MORE on Tuesday announced that he was firing Secretary of State Rex TillersonRex Wayne TillersonSenate to vote Tuesday on Biden's secretary of State pick Biden must wait weekend for State Department pick Tillerson: 'We squandered the best opportunity we had on North Korea' 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!"