Donald Trump was sent to Washington to drain the swamp.
But the establishment has fought his ‘Make America Great Again’ agenda tooth-and-nail.
And with one key fight about to go down, John McCain stabbed the President in the back with these eight words.
Trump shook up his administration by removing Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and nominating CIA Director Mike Pompeo to replace him.
Tillerson – who Trump complained was “too establishment” in his way of thinking – opposed Trump’s plan to pull out of the Iran nuclear deal and Obama’s Paris Accords, as well as imposing tariffs on steel and aluminum.
The President also nominated Gina Haspel to be the new CIA Director.
She would be the first woman to hold the position of Director of Central Intelligence.
Mike Pompeo, Director of the CIA, will become our new Secretary of State. 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!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 13, 2018
But John McCain trashed the pick because Haspel ran a CIA “black site” in Thailand after 9/11 where the agency used enhanced interrogation techniques against Al Qaeda terrorists.
The Hill reports:
“Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) on Tuesday condemned President Trump’s decision to nominate Gina Haspel to become the director of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), saying she was involved in “one of darkest chapters in American history…
… “The torture of detainees in U.S. custody during the last decade was one of the darkest chapters in American history,” McCain said. “Ms. Haspel needs to explain the nature and extent of her involvement in the CIA’s interrogation program during the confirmation process.”
Following the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, the Bush administration “squandered precious moral authority” to get intelligence, McCain said.
Haspel joined the CIA in 1985 and faced scrutiny for her role surrounding waterboarding and other interrogation techniques used on detainees at a secret CIA prison in Thailand in 2002.”
This is not the first time McCain has defied Trump.
He famously cast the deciding vote against legislation that would have repealed and replaced Obamacare.
Now he is standing in the way of Trump getting his national security team in place ahead of the crucial summit with North Korea.
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