Andrea Mitchell: We’ll See if Pompeo Has ‘Backbone’ to Stand Up to Trump

Washington Free Beacon | 3/13/2018 | Cameron Cawthorne
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BY: Cameron Cawthorne Follow @@Cam_Cawthorne

MSNBC host Andrea Mitchell on Tuesday said if CIA Director Mike Pompeo is confirmed as secretary of state, she does not know if he will have the "backbone" to stand up to President Donald Trump.

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Trump announced on Twitter Tuesday morning that Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will be replaced by Pompeo, and Pompeo in turn will be replaced by CIA Deputy Director Gina Haspel.

Mitchell extolled Pompeo's academic background at Harvard Law School and West Point before saying "we don't know " if he will have the "backbone" to stand up to Trump.

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"Pompeo is a former member of Congress and a very smart one. He's a major player on the Benghazi hearings. He is a politician as well as having done a very good job arguably by all reports at the CIA, so there's two things here," Mitchell said. "He understands public advocacy. He will be much better at speaking in public, and doing television interviews, and talking to the press corps when it's a...
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