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 Trump's CIA chief candidate includes Russia in list of global challenges

Donald Trump's nominee to head the Central Investigation Agency Mike Pompeo, speaking at a hearing in the Senate on Thursday, listed multiple challenges facing the United States, from an aggressive Russia to a "disruptive" Iran to a China that he said is creating "real tensions."

Censor.NET reports citing Reuters.

Diverging from Trump's stated aim of seeking closer ties with Russia, Mike Pompeo said that Russia is "asserting itself aggressively" by invading and occupying Ukraine, threatening Europe, and "doing nearly nothing" to destroy Islamic State.

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In his opening remarks Pompeo said the CIA does not make policy on any country, adding, "it is a policy decision as to what to do with Russia, but it will be essential that the agency provide policymakers with accurate intelligence and clear-eyed analysis of Russian activities."
   
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