WASHINGTON: Donald Trump took to the Tweeter to announce sacking of (former ExxonMobil chief) Secretary of State Rex Tillerson: “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! Gina Haspel will become the new Director of the CIA, and the first woman so chosen. Congratulations to all!”
It is pertinent to mention here that many believe Trump took this shocking action because he was angry that Tillerson didn’t fully deny calling him a f… Moron recently. Trump was also not happy the way Rex Tillerson had handled the North Korean case.
Newspakistan.tv has been told by sources that since Pompeo is not keen to become Secretary of State (leaving his present post) UN Envoy Nikki Haley might be the second option for Trump.
PRESIDENT TRUMP STATED:
In a statement Trump held: “I am proud to nominate the Director of the Central Intelligence Agency, Mike Pompeo, to be our new Secretary of State. Mike graduated first in his class at West Point, served with distinction in the U.S. army, and graduated with Honors from Harvard Law School. He went on to serve in the U.S. House of Representatives with a proven record of working across the aisle.
“As Director of the CIA, Mike has earned the praise of members in both parties by strengthening our intelligence gathering, modernizing our defensive and offensive capabilities, and building close ties with our friends and allies in the international intelligence community.
“I have gotten to know Mike very well over the past 14 months, and I am confident he is the right person for the job at this critical juncture. He will continue our program of restoring America’s standing in the world, strengthening our alliances, confronting our adversaries, and seeking the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.
“His experience in the military, Congress, and as leader of the CIA have prepared him well for his new role and I urge his swift confirmation.
“Gina Haspel, the Deputy Director of the CIA, will be nominated to replace Director Pompeo and she will be the CIA’s first-ever female director, a historic milestone. Mike and Gina have worked together for more than a year, and have developed a great mutual respect.
Finally, I want to thank Rex Tillerson for his service. A great deal has been accomplished over the last fourteen months, and I wish him and his family well.”
DIRECTOR CIA POMPEO’s STATED:
Mike Pompeo, the man who will become the Foreign Secretary replacing Tillerson held: “I am deeply grateful to President Trump for permitting me to serve as Director of the Central Intelligence Agency and for this opportunity to serve as Secretary of State. His leadership has made America safer and I look forward to representing him and the American people to the rest of the world to further America’s prosperity.
“Serving alongside the great men and women of the CIA, the most dedicated and talented public servants I have encountered, has been one of the great honors of my life. I am proud of the work we have done on behalf of America and know that the Agency will continue to thrive under the leadership of Gina Haspel.
“If confirmed, I look forward to guiding the world’s finest diplomatic corps in formulating and executing the President’s foreign policy. In my time as Director of the Central Intelligence Agency, I have worked alongside many remarkable Foreign Service officers and Department of State leaders serving here in the United States and on the very edge of freedom.
“I know I will learn from them and, as President Trump set out in his State of the Union Address, work hard to ensure that “our nation will forever be safe and strong and proud and mighty and free.”
DEPUTY DIRECTOR CIA GINA HASPEL STATED:
“After thirty years as an officer of the Central Intelligence Agency, it has been my honor to serve as its Deputy Director alongside Mike Pompeo for the past year. I am grateful to President Trump for the opportunity, and humbled by his confidence in me, to be nominated to be the next Director of the Central Intelligence Agency. If confirmed, I look forward to providing President Trump the outstanding intelligence support he has grown to expect during his first year in office.”
WHO IS GINA HASPEL:
She commenced working for CIA in 1985 and reportedly took part in CIA torture program in 2002. Trump selected her DD of CIA in 2017. Today Trump, while showing Secretary of State Rex Tillerson the door, proclaimed that she will be the next CIA Chief.
JoAnne Wagner is the new CG of USA at Karachi Post
KARACHI: JoAnne Wagner assumed her position as the United States Consul General here today. A career member of the United States Senior Foreign Service, she most recently served in Washington, DC with the Board of Examiners, helping to select the next generation of U.S. diplomats.
Prior to that, CG Wagner was the U.S. Assistance Coordinator in Kyiv, Ukraine, where she was responsible for coordinating U.S. Government support activities with the Ukrainian Government and other donors.
Consul General Wagner also served as Minister-Counselor for Political Affairs at the United States Mission to the European Union, Deputy Director of the Office of Pakistan Affairs, Deputy Counselor for Political-Military Affairs at the United States Embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan, and Deputy Chief of Mission at the United States Embassy in Bujumbura, Burundi.
Consul General Wagner has a Juris Doctor from Saint Louis University School of Law and a Masters in National Security Strategy from the National War College of the National Defense University.
She is a fan of Broadway musicals and the St. Louis Cardinals baseball team, as well as an occasional amateur composer, whose first piece debuted at Brussels’ Palais des Beaux-Arts with a 100-voice choir and full symphony orchestra.
A piece published earlier:
Trump orders end to end family separations
WASHINGTON: President Donald Trump ordered an end to the separation of migrant children from their parents on the US border Wednesday, reversing a tough policy under heavy pressure from his fellow Republicans, Democrats and the international community.
The spectacular about-face comes after more than 2,300 children were stripped from their parents and adult relatives after illegally crossing the border since May 5 and placed in tent camps and other facilities, with no way to contact their relatives. Pictures and accounts of the separations sparked outrage and a rebellion among Republicans in Trump’s own party, as well as international accusation that the US was committing human rights violations.
“What we have done today is we are keeping families together,” Trump said as he signed the executive order. “I didn’t like the sight or the feeling of families being separated.” Trump said that even with the change, border enforcement will be “equally tough, if not tougher.”
For weeks, Trump had insisted he was bound by the law to split the children from their parents and that only Congress could resolve the problem – before he radically shifted gears. “We want security for our country,” Trump said.
“And we will have that – at the same time, we have compassion, we want to keep families together.” The order says the Department of Homeland Security – and not the Justice and Health and Human Services Departments, as under previous policy – would have continuing responsibility for the families.
A piece published earlier: The Business Roundtable, which represents the biggest US companies, called on the Trump administration Tuesday to “immediately” end its immigration practice of separating children from parents.“Business Roundtable urges the administration to end immediately the policy of separating accompanied minors from their parents,” said Chuck Robbins, who chairs the immigration committee for the group. “This practice is cruel and contrary to American values.” The roundtable also endorsed support for so-called “dreamer” immigrants who were brought to the United States as children, calling for legislation to protect them. And the group denounced legislation that would cut legal immigration, saying such policies “would undermine America’s economic competitiveness.”The board of the roundtable includes the leaders of JPMorgan Chase, General Motors, Johnson & Johnson, Walmart, Boeing, and IBM. The statement was released ahead of a meeting between President Donald Trump and members of Congress on immigration. Trump staunchly defended his policies in a luncheon address Tuesday before another business group, the National Federation of Independent Businesses, which represents small business.The roundtable’s statement adds to the growing chorus of critics of President Donald Trump’s “zero tolerance” policy, a group that includes lawmakers in both parties, international rights groups, Christian evangelicals and former US first ladies. The roundtable has had a mixed view of the Trump administration overall, praising the Republican president for tax cuts and regulatory reform, but sharply criticizing tariff announcements and other threats to free trade. (Published on 20th June 2018)
US House to vote on bill to end family separations
WASHINGTON: US lawmakers will vote Thursday on a bill that would end the practice of separating migrant children from parents caught entering the country without papers, House Speaker Paul Ryan said Wednesday.
“We do not want children taken away from their parents. We can enforce our immigration laws without breaking families apart. The administration says it wants Congress to act and we are,” he said.
“Tomorrow the House will vote on legislation to keep families together,” said Ryan, the top Republican in the US Congress.
Relevant pieces published earlier:
i) Democratic lawmakers vowed Sunday to end the “evil” separation of migrant children from their parents at the US border, as First Lady Melania Trump made a rare political plea to end the deeply controversial practice.
The “zero-tolerance” border security policy implemented by President Donald Trump’s administration has sparked outrage on both sides of the political aisle and took on particular resonance as America celebrated Father’s Day. Trump has said he wants the separations to end but continues to blame opposition Democrats for the crisis, which critics say is one of his own makings. “The Democrats should get together with their Republican counterparts and work something out on Border Security & Safety.
Don’t wait until after the election because you are going to lose!” he tweeted. His wife, who seldom wades into the political arena, opted to call for bipartisan immigration reform to fix the issue, rather than denounce the policy. “Mrs Trump hates to see children separated from their families and hopes both sides of the aisle can finally come together to achieve successful immigration reform,” her spokeswoman Stephanie Grisham told CNN. “She believes we need to be a country that follows all laws, but also a country that governs with heart.” Laura Bush, the former first lady and wife of Republican ex-president George W. Bush, unflinchingly rejected the policy.
ii) President Donald Trump’s administration has erected a temporary encampment near the US-Mexico border in Texas to house the increasing number of migrant children in government custody, a government official confirmed Friday. Immigrant children travelling alone or separated from relatives can be held by authorities under US rules. The Trump administration has backed family separations, including in asylum cases, as part of efforts to deter illegal immigration. The new shelter consisting of large temporary tent structures opened Thursday with the capacity for 360 children near an official border crossing point about 35 miles (55 kilometres) southeast of the city of El Paso, according to Kenneth Wolfe of the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). “It is already open,” Wolfe told the Media, ” and is designated for “minors referred by DHS (Department of Homeland Security) to HHS for our unaccompanied alien children program.” He described the large tents housing the children as containing “a full heating, ventilation and air conditioning system, as well as a floor and doors.” HHS is tasked with caring for “unaccompanied alien children,” which by law is any minor that arrives at the border without parents or relatives, or for whom loved ones were not “available to provide care and physical custody.” The Trump administration is facing mounting outrage over its decision to systematically bring criminal charges against undocumented immigrants detained at the border, which forces them into federal prisons where children cannot stay. The previous policy usually allowed families to remain together and often released them into the country until their appointed immigration court dates. (Published on 16th June 2018)
iii) Nearly 2,000 minors were separated from their parents or adult guardians who illegally crossed into the United States over a recent six-week period, officials said Friday in the most comprehensive 2018 figures provided on family separations. Between April 19 and May 31 of this year, the 1,995 children were separated from 1,940 adults who were being held by US border patrol in preparation for prosecution for crossing the border illegally, a Department of Homeland Security spokesman said on a call with reporters. The detention numbers appear to have spiked after President Donald Trump’s administration announced a “zero tolerance” policy on illegal border crossings, with a DHS official defending the policy by saying “we are not going to ignore the law any longer.” (Published on 16th June 2018)