Mike Pompeo is CIA Director.
|2017.01.10||Trump's cabinet nominees donated money to senators responsible for reviewing their appointments. wsj.com (See also Jeff Sessions, Conflicts of Interest, Trump Cabinet, Tom Price, Dan Coats, Mike Mulvaney)|
|2017.01.12||Mike Pompeo, Trump nominee for C.I.A. director, says he can't imagine the President-elect asking him to torture detainees, but there's reason to question that belief. newyorker.com (See also Central Intelligence Agency)|
|2017.01.12||Trump's CIA pick describes hacking of U.S. election as 'aggressive action' by Russian senior officials. cnn.com (See also Russian Meddling in Election)|
|2017.01.16||This is the full transcript of Donald Trump’s interview with Michael Gove and Kai Diekmann, former chief editor of the German newspaper Bild. thetimes.co.uk (See also First 100 Days, Germany, United Kingdom, Trade, Syria, Afghanistan, ISIS, Russia, NATO, Iran, Israel, Ireland, European Union, Mexico, China, Central Intelligence Agency, Jared Kushner, Ivanka Trump, Muslim Immigration Ban, Muslim Registry)|
|2017.01.23||Mike Pompeo is confirmed to lead C.I.A., as Rex Tillerson advances out of committee to face full senate vote next week. nytimes.com (See also First 100 Days, Rex Tillerson)|
|2017.01.25||This is a transcript of ABC News anchor David Muir’s interview with President Trump. abcnews.go.com (See also First 100 Days, Mexico Wall, NAFTA, Trade, Jeff Sessions, John Kelly, DACA, Voter Fraud, James Mattis, Iraq, Infrastructure, Affordable Care Act, Muslim Immigration Ban)|
This is a transcript of ABC News anchor David Muir’s interview with President Trump on Jan. 25, 2017.
|2017.01.26||Trump’s executive orders, drawn up without consulting his Cabinet or legal experts, leave government agencies in the dark, Republican leaders scrambling to catch up, and policy experts wondering if some of them are even legal. vanityfair.com (See also First 100 Days, Stephen Miller, James Mattis, Department of Defense, Central Intelligence Agency, Keystone XL Pipeline, Sanctuary Cities, Mexico Wall, Steve Bannon, Unprecedented Actions)|
Initiatives are largely being churned out without proper review and the strategy could backfire. David Vladeck, a law professor at Georgetown University and a former official at the Federal Trade Commission, told Politico. “A government by edict is not a sustainable idea.”
|2017.02.18||Sources from the White House report that Trump yelled at CIA director, Mike Pompeo, for not pushing back strongly enough over reports of a "chill" in the information flow to Trump. cbsnews.com (See also First 100 Days, Central Intelligence Agency.)|
|2017.06.20||Despite senior officials across the government convinced that Michael T. Flynn had become vulnerable to Russian blackmail, every day for three weeks, the CIA director Mike Pompeo briefed Trump on the nation's most sensitive intelligence with Mr. Flynn. nytimes.com (See also Russia, Trump Relationship with Russia, Russian Meddling in Election, Corruption, Michael Flynn)|
|2017.08.24||CIA director Mike Pompeo has not impeded work looking into possible collusion between Russia and the Trump campaign, but several officials said there is concern about what he might do if the CIA uncovered new information potentially damaging to Trump. washingtonpost.com (See also Russian Meddling in Election, Trump Relationship with Russia, 2016 Campaign)|
|2017.10.19||CIA Director Mike Pompeo incorrectly asserted Thursday that U.S. intelligence agencies concluded that Russia's interference campaign did not affect the outcome of the 2016 presidential election. nbcnews.com (See also 2016 Election, Russian Meddling in Election, False Statements)|
|2017.11.07||CIA Director Mike Pompeo recently met -- at the urging of Donald Trump -- with one of the principal deniers of Russian interference in the US election. cnn.com (See also Corruption, Belief in Conspiracy Theories)|
|2017.11.30||The White House has developed a plan to force out Secretary of State Rex W. Tillerson, whose relationship with Donald Trump has been strained, and replace him with Mike Pompeo, the C.I.A. director, perhaps within the next several weeks. nytimes.com (See also Rex Tillerson, Department of State, Trump Cabinet)|
A transition plan would install Mike Pompeo, the C.I.A. director, as secretary of state, and tap Senator Tom Cotton to lead the spy agency.
|2017.12.04||The Trump Administration is considering a set of proposals developed by Blackwater founder Erik Prince (Betsy DeVos' brother) and a retired CIA officer — with assistance from Oliver North — to provide CIA Director Mike Pompeo and the White House with a global, private spy network that would circumvent official U.S. intelligence agencies, as a means of countering “deep state” enemies. theintercept.com (See also Unprecedented Actions, Assaults on Civil Liberties)|
The creation of such a program raises the possibility that the effort would be used to create an intelligence apparatus to justify the Trump administration's political agenda.
|2018.01.29||Mike Pompeo said there had been no significant diminishing of Russian attempts at subversion in Europe and the US, and that the director of the CIA expects that Russia will target the US mid-term elections later this year. bbc.com (See also Russian Meddling in Election, Russia)|
|2018.03.13||Donald Trump has fired Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and plans to nominate CIA Director Mike Pompeo to replace him as the nation’s top diplomat, orchestrating a major change to his national security team amid delicate outreach such as possible talks with North Korea. washingtonpost.com (See also Resignations and Dismissals, Rex Tillerson, Department of State, North Korea)|
|2018.04.10||As a sharply partisan Republican member of Congress, CIA Director Mike Pompeo tormented former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton over her response to the deadly 2012 attacks in Benghazi, Libya, which Pompeo called “morally reprehensible, but now that Pompeo faces a tough confirmation process to become secretary of state himself, he has reached out to Clinton, as well as every other living occupant of the office, to ask for guidance. politico.com (See also Department of State, Hypocrisy)|
|2018.06.19||The US formally announced its withdrawal from the United Nations Human Rights Council. buzzfeed.com (See also United Nations, Nikki Haley, Reversals)|
|2018.07.11||Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's overnight visit to Pyongyang last week failed to demonstrate any progress on denuclearization talks, leading one source with knowledge of the discussions to say the White House felt it went "as badly as it could have gone." cnn.com (See also North Korea, Department of State, Reversals)|
|2018.07.31||North Korea has continued its work on missile and weapons programs since Donald Trump said that the North Korea nuclear threat was over, including manufacturing new intercontinental ballistic missiles at a facility near Pyongyang, the capital, according to one Defense Department official, and they also continue to produce nuclear fuel, according to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. nytimes.com (See also North Korea, Department of Defense, Department of State, Nuclear Weapons)|
|2018.08.01||The White House is considering a second sharp reduction in the number of refugees who can be resettled in the United States, picking up where Donald Trump left off in 2017 in scaling back a program intended to offer protection to the world’s most vulnerable people by more than 40%. nytimes.com (See also Immigration, Racism, Muslims, Stephen Miller)|
|2018.08.23||South Africa accused Donald Trump of stoking racial divisions in a late-night tweet in which he said he had asked U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to study South African "land and farm seizures" and the "killing of farmers". yahoo.com (See also Belief in Conspiracy Theories, Racism, Department of State)|
|2018.09.17||Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced that the U.S. will limit refugee admission to 30,000 in 2019, down from 45,000 in 2018. axios.com (See also Department of State, Immigration)|
When Trump took office, the refugee cap stood at 110,000.
|2018.12.05||Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo misled senators last week in a Senate-only briefing on the murder of Saudi dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi, the result of having to tiptoe around Donald Trump’s refusal to pin blame for the killing on Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. politico.com (See also James Mattis, Department of Defense, Department of State, False Statements, Saudi Arabia, Corruption)|
|2018.12.13||The Senate voted to end American military assistance for Saudi Arabia’s war in Yemen in the strongest show of bipartisan defiance against Donald Trump’s defense of the kingdom over the killing of a dissident journalist. nytimes.com (See also Saudi Arabia, False Statements, Unpresidential Behavior)|
|2018.12.20||The Trump administration, mired in a battle with Congress over funding of a border wall, announced that the United States would begin requiring people seeking asylum at the southwest border to wait in Mexico for a court ruling on their cases. nytimes.com (See also Mexico, Immigration, Department of Homeland Security, Department of State)|
|2018.12.21||Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw American troops from Syria was made hastily, without consulting his national security team or allies, and over strong objections from virtually everyone involved in the fight against the Islamic State group, agreeing to a withdrawal in a phone call with the Turkish President. apnews.com (See also Unpresidential Behavior, Syria, Fascism, Foreign Policy, Department of State)|