President Donald Trump today announced that Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) Director Mike Pompeo will replace Rex Tillerson as the US Secretary of State.”Mike Pompeo, Director of the CIA, will become our new Secretary of State. He will do a fantastic job! Thank you to Rex Tillerson for his service,” Trump said on Twitter. Also readDonald Trump sacks US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, replaces him with CIA chief Mike PompeoA senior White House official said Trump works well with Pompeo, a former congressman from Kansas who is seen as a loyalist within the administration, and wanted him in place before the US president’s planned talks with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and trade negotiations.Following are 10 facts about Pompeo:1. Pompeo is a retired Army officer and a graduate of the US Military Academy at West Point, New York, and Harvard Law School.2. He was a conservative Republican member of the US House of Representatives from Kansas.3. He assumed his role as CIA chief on January 23, 2017.Also readGina Haspel becomes first woman CIA chief: 10 things to know about controversial spymaster4. Pompeo is seen as a Trump loyalist who has enjoyed a less hostile relationship with career spies than Tillerson had with career diplomats.5. As CIA chief, Pompeo, 54, regularly briefs Trump on intelligence matters.6. He is considered one of the most hawkish voices on North Korea in Trump’s inner circle.7. Pompeo has downplayed the extent of Russia’s intervention in the 2016 US presidential election, saying Moscow has sought to influence American elections for decades. 8. In February, he defended talks he had that month at CIA headquarters with Russian spy chiefs.9. Like Trump, Pompeo is an outspoken critic of Iran and has called for scrapping the 2015 deal curbing Tehran’s nuclear program in exchange for sanctions relief. In October, he said Iran was “mounting a ruthless drive to be the hegemonic power in the region.”10. Pompeo has supported the US government’s sweeping collection of Americans’ communications data. In an opinion piece published in 2016, he called for restarting the bulk collection of domestic telephone metadata and combining it with financial and lifestyle information into one searchable database.(With Reuters inputs)

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Who is Mike Pompeo: 10 facts about Trump’s new Secretary of State