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Rubio praises Trump's pick for CIA director but mum about Sessions, Flynn



Sen. Marco Rubio praised Donald Trump’s pick to run the CIA, but is quiet about two more controversial Trump selections.

In a statement, Rubio called Rep. Mike Pompeo, who endorsed Rubio in the presidential race and is a former Army officer, “a strong choice to lead the CIA at this crucial time in our nation's history. Our intelligence professionals are America’s first line of defense, and it’s essential that our leaders and policymakers have the best possible intelligence as they work to protect and advance our country’s interests.

“The world is more dangerous than ever, with Russia and China attempting to undermine America’s allies, Islamic terrorism spreading, and increasingly aggressive rogue nations threatening our security.”

Rubio has not commented on Trump’s other picks, including Sen. Jeff Sessions for attorney general and Mike Flynn for national security advisor.

We have asked Rubio’s office for comment.

[Last modified: Friday, November 18, 2016 2:37pm]


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