'Fox & Friends' host: Trump CIA nominee should be 'proud' of enhanced interrogation

“Fox & Friends” host Brian Kilmeade defended President TrumpDonald John TrumpDemocrats ask if they have reason to worry about UK result Trump scramble to rack up accomplishments gives conservatives heartburn Seven years after Sandy Hook, the politics of guns has changed MORE’s nominee to lead the CIA over concerns about her role in enhanced interrogation techniques that are now widely regarded as torture, saying she should be “proud” of her work.

The Fox News morning show was discussing a Washington Post report that the nominee, Gina Haspel, had offered to pull her name from consideration over concerns in Congress about her involvement in the George W. Bush-era interrogation program.

“It's all going to be about what happened regarding the waterboarding,” co-host Steve Doocy said of Haspel’s upcoming confirmation hearing on Wednesday. “Just keep in mind, whatever she did when she was in power at that point, she was doing it as a directive and it was all within the law.”

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Kilmeade then launched into a defense of Haspel’s record, saying she should “just explain what she was doing” when she testifies.

“And I believe she should double down and say, ‘I’m proud of what I accomplished, whether it was black sites, enhanced interrogation, and I dare anyone to sit in my shoes and accomplish as much as I've done,’”  Kilmeade said.

“And she could even, if she wanted to, if they could unclassify everything, tell us everything that you were able to pick up, because in Jose Rodriguez's book — it's in Jim Mitchell's book,” he continued. “All the attacks they were able to stop because of some of the messes they put together. All green-lighted during her 32-year career.”

Haspel has faced intense scrutiny for her role in the interrogation program, particularly her involvement in the destruction of tapes that documented harsh interrogations at a CIA "black site." Seeking to help her nomination, the CIA declassified a memo that states Haspel was only following orders.

Several Democrats have come out against her nomination, and Sen. Rand PaulRandal (Rand) Howard PaulPentagon to take bigger role in vetting foreign students after Pensacola shooting Overnight Defense: House passes compromise defense bill | Turkey sanctions advance in Senate over Trump objections | Top general says military won't be 'raping, burning and pillaging' after Trump pardons Rand Paul: 'We need to re-examine' US-Saudi relationship after Florida shooting MORE (R-Ky.) previously promised to oppose her.

President Trump defended Haspel in a tweet early Monday, claiming that she "has come under fire because she was too tough on Terrorists."