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WASHINGTON — President Trump hailed Gina Haspel on Monday as he swore her in to lead the Central Intelligence Agency, honoring the “most elite intelligence professionals on the planet” even as he accuses the C.I.A. of having orchestrated a conspiracy against him during the 2016 presidential campaign.
“The patriots of the C.I.A. will have the tools, the resources and the support they need to accomplish their incredible, complicated and oftentimes very dangerous mission,” the president said as he congratulated Ms. Haspel. “You live the C.I.A. You breathe the C.I.A. And now you will lead the C.I.A.”
The article goes on to state the following:
Mr. Trump’s brief remarks were strikingly different from those he delivered on his first visit to the agency the day after his inauguration, when he stood in front of a memorial to fallen intelligence officers and delivered an angry, political diatribe against the media, Democrats and others who questioned the size of his inaugural crowd.
On Monday, Mr. Trump lauded the “exceptional men and women of this agency,” adding: “I see what you do. I understand what you do and it’s incredible.”
In her speech after being sworn in, Haspel said, “Mr. President, thank you again for giving me the opportunity to serve, to represent the men and women of CIA and to carry out the critical work of helping protect our country, our people and our way of life.”
“I stand on the shoulders of heroines who never saw public acclaim, but served as inspirations to the generations that came after them,” she stated.
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