President Trump swore in Gina Haspel as the first woman to lead the Central Intelligence Agency on Monday. Vice President Mike Pence and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo also attended the ceremony.
“There is no one in this country better qualified for this extraordinary office than you,” Trump said to Haspel during a ceremony at the agency’s headquarters in Langley, Va. “It took courage for her to say yes in the face of a lot of negative politics, but I’ll tell you: when you testified before the [Senate Intelligence] Committee, it was over. There was nothing else they could say. There was nobody more qualified than you.”
“Gina will lead this agency into its next big chapter,” the president said, noting that she is taking the helm “at a crucial moment in our history.”
The crowd at the CIA headquarters went wild on Monday when President Donald Trump mentioned that Gina Haspel is the first woman to ever lead the CIA.
“She has earned the universal respect, admiration, and trust of her colleagues here at the CIA — throughout the government and all over the world, Gina is truly respected,” Trump said. “Today we also mark another milestone as Gina becomes the first woman ever to lead the CIA.”
The crowd erupted into cheers and applause when Trump announced the shattering of another glass ceiling.
“That’s big,” he added.