President Donald Trump was in attendance at new CIA director Gina Haspel’s swearing-in ceremony at CIA headquarters. During his speech, Trump expressed his support for the new director, “There is no one in this country better qualified for this extraordinary office than you.”
“The patriots of the CIA will have the tools, the resources and the support they need to accomplish their incredible, complicated, and oftentimes very dangerous mission,” he continued. “You live the CIA, you breathe the CIA, and now you will lead the CIA.”
“Gina is tough. She’s strong. And when it comes to defending America, Gina will never, ever back down,” Trump added.
Gina Haspel is the first female director of the CIA, which Trump hailed as a “proud milestone” of the agency. “That’s big,” said Trump. “Now Gina will lead this agency into its next great chapter.”
“I would be remiss if I did not also note the tremendous pride I take in being the first woman to serve as director,” said Haspel. “I stand on the shoulders of heroines who never sought public acclaim, but served as inspirations to the generations that came after them.”
Trump’s first year as President of the United States was highlighted by a number of women placed in senior-level positions in the White House.
The list of female appointees is long, including women such as Nikki Haley, Ambassador to the United Nations; Elaine Chao, Secretary of Transportation; Kirstjen Nielsen, Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security; Dr. Heather Wilson, Secretary of the Air Force; Sarah Huckabee Sanders, White House Press Secretary; Betsy DeVos, Secretary of Education; Jovita Carranza, US Treasurer; Heather Brand, Associate Attorney General; Neomi Reo, Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs; Seema Verma, Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services; Kelly Sadler, Director of Surrogate and Coalitions Outreach; and Dina Powell, Deputy National Security Adviser.