Press Release ● Defense and National Security
For Immediate Release: 
March 13, 2018
Contact Info: 
Mariel Saez 202-225-3130
WASHINGTON, DC – House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD) released the following statement this morning after President Trump fired Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and announced the nominations of Mike Pompeo as the next Secretary of State and Gina Haspel as the next CIA Director:

“I thank Secretary Tillerson for his service and congratulate Mike Pompeo on his nomination to serve as our next Secretary of State.  I hope he recognizes the outstanding talent at our State Department and takes steps to stop the hollowing out of our career foreign service, which undermines our national security.  As Secretary of State, he will have a critical role to play in making clear to Russia that it cannot interfere in our elections without severe consequences.   

“I also offer my congratulations to Gina Haspel on her nomination to lead the agency she has served for more than thirty years – and on being the first woman nominated to be Director of the Central Intelligence Agency.  The men and women of CIA play a vital role in protecting our nation against foreign threats, and I look forward to working with Director-Designate Haspel to keep America safe.”