Trump praises CIA pick Haspel after Senate hearing

Trump praises CIA pick Haspel after Senate hearing
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President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump defends Stephanopolous interview Trump defends Stephanopolous interview Buttigieg on offers of foreign intel: 'Just call the FBI' MORE praised Gina Haspel, his pick to lead the CIA, on Wednesday following her nearly three-hour Senate confirmation hearing earlier that day.

“Gina Haspel did a spectacular job today. There is nobody even close to run the CIA!” Trump wrote on Twitter.

Haspel faced sharp criticism from Democrats in her hearing, including numerous questions over her role in an enhanced interrogation program and her decision in 2005 to destroy tapes documenting interrogations.

Still, Haspel seemed to have no major issues during a largely steady hearing. She promising not to restart interrogation programs if confirmed to lead the agency. 

Once again breaking with Trump, Sen. John McCainJohn Sidney McCain#JohnMcCainDay trends on Trump's 73rd birthday #JohnMcCainDay trends on Trump's 73rd birthday New poll finds little GOP support for spending cuts to specific federal programs MORE (R-Ariz.) came out against Haspel after the hearing, calling on the Senate to reject her nomination for failing to explain her role in the interrogation program.

McCain is recovering from brain cancer in Arizona and is not expected to be in Washington for Haspel’s confirmation vote. With Sen. Rand PaulRandal (Rand) Howard PaulOvernight Defense: Pompeo blames Iran for oil tanker attacks | House panel approves 3B defense bill | Trump shares designs for red, white and blue Air Force One Senate rejects effort to block Trump's Qatar, Bahrain arms sales Senate rejects effort to block Trump's Qatar, Bahrain arms sales MORE (R-Ky.) also opposing her nomination, she cannot afford to lose any Republican support.

Sen. Joe ManchinJoseph (Joe) ManchinThe Hill's 12:30 Report — Presented by MAPRx — Trump takes heat for remarks on help from foreign governments The Hill's 12:30 Report — Presented by MAPRx — Trump takes heat for remarks on help from foreign governments The Hill's Morning Report - Trump and House Democrats resume battle MORE (D-W.V.) became the first red-state Democrat Wednesday to say he would vote for Haspel. She needed to secure approval from at least one Democratic senator to secure the necessary 50 votes, assuming every other GOP senator votes "yes" to confirm her.