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Pompeo on CIA recruitment: We can't risk national security to appease 'liberal, woke agenda'

Pompeo on CIA recruitment: We can't risk national security to appease 'liberal, woke agenda'
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Former CIA Director Mike PompeoMike PompeoWhite House denies pausing military aid package to Ukraine The Hill's Morning Report - ObamaCare here to stay The Hill's Morning Report - After high-stakes Biden-Putin summit, what now? MORE criticized a video recently released by the agency, saying the country "can’t afford to risk our national security to appease some liberal, woke agenda."

"When I was Director of the CIA, we valued individuals based on their talent and skill, not their race or sexuality," Pompeo said in a tweet on Tuesday. "I’ll never forget what one female analyst said to me: 'Thank you for valuing me for my work. I want my abilities and achievements to define me, not my sexuality.'”

He added in a subsequent post that the "collection of incredibly talented patriots serving America at the CIA is what makes it the best spy agency in the world — and we must continue to recruit the best and brightest."

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"We can’t afford to risk our national security to appease some liberal, woke agenda."

 

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Pompeo, who also served as secretary of State in the Trump administration, was referencing a "Humans of the CIA" video from the agency in which a first-generation Latin American agent discusses her “intersectional” identity.

 “I am a woman of color. I am a mom. I am a cisgender millennial who’s been diagnosed with generalized anxiety disorder. I am intersectional, but my existence is not a box-checking exercise,” the agent says. 
 
 
Some conservatives and other critics of so-called identity politics have suggested the video was a prime example of cultural inclusivity going too far. 
 
“If you’re a Chinese communist, or an Iranian Mullah, or Kim Jong Un...would this scare you?” Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzSenate Republicans: Newly proposed ATF rules could pave way for national gun registry DeSantis tops Trump in 2024 presidential straw poll White House denies pausing military aid package to Ukraine MORE (R-Texas) said in a tweet this week. “We’ve come a long way from Jason Bourne." 
 
 
Pompeo is widely expected to consider a run for the Republican Party's presidential nomination in 2024. He has spent the first 100 days of President BidenJoe BidenBaltimore police chief calls for more 'boots on the ground' to handle crime wave Biden to deliver remarks at Sen. John Warner's funeral Garland dismisses broad review of politicization of DOJ under Trump MORE's administration criticizing the president, his predecessor at the State Department and other progressive policy goals set forth by the new government. 
 
"So far, President Biden has successfully outlined a radical, socialist agenda for the next 4 years. That should trouble every freedom-loving American," Pompeo said after Biden's first State of the Union address last week.