Trump nominates Gina Haspel to become 1st woman CIA director

President Trump announced major changes Tuesday, including naming a new CIA director — Gina Haspel. (Photo courtesy of CIA)

The nation’s capital was abuzz Tuesday with news of major announcements from the president.

“I’ve been through a lot of administrations, I’ve never seen such turnover,” DC resident Jackie Kalin said.

President Trump announced major changes, including naming a new CIA director — Gina Haspel.

“Gina, by the way, who I know very well, who I have worked very closely with, will be the first woman director of the CIA,” President Trump said to reporters.

According to her biography on the CIA website, Haspel is a career intelligence officer.

“This is really the beginning, it looks like, of a major reshuffle that will really define the remainder of this administration,” said Tom Wright, a senior fellow in the foreign policy program at Brookings Institution.

Wright calls the move of nominating the first female into the director of the CIA role significant.

“I think she’s relatively unknown, she’s the deputy director at the moment,” Wright said. “I think people will keep an open mind and see how she is in hearings.”

Haspel’s online biography says she joined the CIA in 1985.

“I think a lot will be on her in the confirmation process to sort of lay out her vision to answer questions and then people will form an opinion and come to a judgment on her nomination,” Wright said.

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