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Rep. Mike Pompeo Facing Tough Task in Leading CIA

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By    |   Friday, 23 Dec 2016 08:03 AM

Rep. Mike Pompeo is getting set to lead the CIA — an agency repeatedly slammed by his soon-to-be boss Donald Trump as ineffective and unreliable.

The Hill reports it will be a particularly difficult task for the Kansas Republican given that the president-elect has repeatedly ridiculed and criticized the spy agency.

Pompeo, who is expected to be confirmed, will have to walk a tightrope as CIA director as he tries to boost morale inside the agency while attempting to win Trump's confidence, the website notes. Those who know him say that may be his toughest task he faces, according to The Hill.

"Donald Trump strikes me as a guy with very strong opinions based on scanty information, and I think that could be a very, very tough boss to serve if you're immersed in the complexities and the shades of gray that the CIA director lives in," The Hill quotes Rep. Jim Himes, D-Conn., who serves with Pompeo on the House Intelligence Committee's CIA subpanel.

"I could imagine lots of CIA veterans right now looking at each other and saying, 'Hey, it's time to retire. This guy has contempt for us,'" Himes added, referring to Trump. "So I think Mike's got a really serious management problem on day one.

Rep. Eric Swalwell, D-Calif., adds: "I have a lot of faith in [Pompeo]. I just worry that … it doesn't really give him much of a chance to succeed when the commander-in-chief is dismissive of the role that the intelligence officer plays."

The Los Angeles Times notes tensions between Trump and the CIA recently heated up over an agency assessment that Russia tried to sway the presidential election in Trump's favor

Trump has openly mocked the CIA conclusion, the newspaper noted.

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