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Cotton Mum on Reports on CIA Leadership Nomination

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By    |   Tuesday, 17 October 2017 07:37 AM

Sen. Tom Cotton Tuesday would not confirm or deny reports that he's once again being considered to head the CIA, saying he's focused on serving his constituents while commenting that members of a president's Cabinet should resign if they can't follow that president's agenda.

"I think that job is filled right now," the Arkansas senator told Fox News' "Fox & Friends" co-host Brian Kilmeade. "One of the things about being a senator, you answer to the people back home in Arkansas."

On Monday, Axios reported that President Donald Trump is thinking of nominating current CIA Director Mike Pompeo to replace Rex Tillerson as secretary of state, and then nominating Cotton, a 40-year-old Harvard law school graduate and veteran of the Army's 101st Airborne Division to head the CIA.

Meanwhile, Cotton said that he believes it's important for Cabinet members to be loyal to the president.

"The simple fact of the matter is the American people elect a president, ultimately to make these decisions," Cotton told Kilmeade. "If one feels strongly enough that he's taking the wrong course, then one really needs to resign. Otherwise, one has to execute the president's guidance even if one disagrees with it."

Cotton recently told Politico that he believes Cabinet members like Tillerson and Defense Secretary Jim Mattis should resign if they can't execute on the president's directives that are in conflict with their own positions.

Americans elected Trump, Cotton said Tuesday, and he believes that it's important for Trump to succeed "if we want to keep our country safe and secure."

"I think Donald Trump by and large is getting things right," Cotton said. "He is certainly much more consistent with decades of bipartisan foreign policy than [former President] Barack Obama was for the last eight years. So when the president does things like tells Congress and tells our allies that the Iran deal is not in the United States national interests, I argued at the time that we shouldn't have certified the deal. I understand why the president did at the time. But I am glad he decided not to certify this time around."

Cotton said that the president and Senate Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Bob Corker do have things to work out on a personal level, but when it comes to Iran, "we are all in agreement. It's a matter of trying to bring a large majority of our colleagues in the congress along with us."

The senator also said he believes Trump took the right action in withholding $7 billion in insurance company subsidies.

"Congress did not appropriate this money and doesn't have the legal authority to keep spending it," said Cotton. "The federal judge has reviewed the matter and said it was unconstitutional for President Obama to spend those billions of dollars. President Trump is trying to restore the rule of law and constitutional government by giving issues back to Congress what should be Congress' responsibility."

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