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.
US tighten rules for immigrants seeking Green Card
WASHINGTON: The administration of President Trump is seeking to make it difficult for immigrants to get Green Card is considered a burden on public exchequer, a news report said on Sunday, the latest in a series of measures to tighten rules for not just illegal but legal aliens.
The proposed rule called “Inadmissibility on Public Charge Grounds” will now be open for comment for 60 days. In the meantime, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services would continue to apply the current public charge policy.
Since becoming president in January last year, President Trump has sought to put a plug on the flow of people seeking legal as well as illegal means to stay in the country. The legal and administrative measures have accounted for a drastic fall in a number of intending immigrants and visitors traveling to the United States.
The latest measure would affect about 382,000 people per year who legally use food stamps or housing vouchers and could result in denial of the green cards, according to an announcement by the Trump administration. The officials could even deny extensions to those who might become “public charges”.
It may be mentioned here that the rule is not new and introduced in 1999 under which people who apply for green cards have always had to prove they would not be a burden. This is aimed at preventing people from getting green cards if they were considered likely to need financial assistance from the government.
But, this would be the first time that the use of food stamps and Section 8 housing assistance would be considered negative factors in deciding whether someone should be given a green card, a news report said.
The latest move drew a quick reaction from immigrant activists and Democrats who termed it as a baseless attack on immigrants.
“From the first day of the Trump campaign, the message has been that immigrants are a danger and a drain. Trump wants you to think Latinos and immigrants are rapists and murderers, they vote illegally against him, they are lazy and at the same time are stealing American jobs,” Democrat lawmaker Luis Gutiérrez (D-Ill.) said in a statement.
According to The New York Times, among those most affected will be elderly immigrants who depend on Medicare Part D for low-cost prescription drugs. The move will not affect those who have already received green cards.
US Govt. continues to support Jacobabad water and sanitation
JACOBABAD: USAID funded Sindh Municipal Services Program (MSP) held a conference to brief potential construction contractors about phase 2 of the signature water and sanitation program here.
Following a public announcement a few weeks earlier as an effort to create awareness amongst potential bidders on the contract, a large number of reputed construction firms participated in the conference. Officials associated with the ongoing program informed the participating construction companies about MSP’s components and discussed key requirements of working on USAID funded infrastructure projects which create employment opportunities for the skilled local workforce.
USAID Deputy Mission Director for Sindh and Balochistan, John Smith-Sreen, and Deputy Director of USAID Karachi Office Michael Hryshchyshyn, along with Director of USAID’s Office of Infrastructure and Engineering in Islamabad, Darren Manning also participated, along with officials from the Government of Sindh’s Project Management Unit.
Speaking at the conference, Mr. Smith-Sreen said, “We have a robust partnership with the Sindh Government and most recently have invested approximately $550 million in the areas of education, healthcare, energy, job creation, countering violent extremism, and water supply, wastewater management, and solid waste improvements.” Mr. Manning stated, “We are looking for serious, professional contractors who can meet the exacting standards of this complex and important infrastructure investment for Jacobabad.”
In recent meetings between USAID and the Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah and Governor Imran Ismail, water and sanitation have been reiterated as the top concern for the province, in sync with Prime Minister Imran Khan’s priority.
The Sindh Municipal Services Program is helping improve public infrastructure and municipal services in Northern Sindh. MSP’s centerpiece is the Jacobabad Municipal Project, which improves water, sanitation, and solid waste infrastructure for 300,000 citizens. USAID has also partnered with local and international organizations to support MSP through social mobilization and capacity development initiatives.
Ex-US Envoy to Pakistan David Hale made Career Ambassador! (TEXT AND VIDEO)
KARACHI: US Envoy to Pakistan (2015-2018) David Hale, has been promoted to the rank of a Career Ambassador – a rank equal to a four-star general.
This scribe has personally known David Hale as one of the most meticulous career diplomats ever to be posted here. For instance, taking notice of an incidence brought to his notice via correspondence apropos illegal detention, harassment, and abuse by personnel of the Metropolis Karachi diplomatic post (in April 2016) he instructed the concerned officer here to handle the matter. Such complaints are generally not given a heed at Ambassadorial level – particularly when it is against personnel associated with their own diplomatic mission.
David Hale, who is presently the Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs, is among those four American diplomats who have been promoted to this rank (highest in the US diplomacy) by US State Department. The other three are Philip Goldberg (Charge d’Affaires ad interim at the US Embassy in Cuba), Michele Sison (US Ambassador to Haiti), and Daniel Smith (Assistant Secretary of State for Intelligence and Research).
Commenting on his long career, David Hale said that he reckoned the release of an American citizen, Caitlan Coleman, and her family, from captivity, as one of the most memorable moments: “I led a team effort in Pakistan that successfully seized an opportunity to bring about the release and return home of an American citizen, Caitlan Coleman, and her family.”
Hale, who was Ambassador to Jordan from 2005-2008, recounted his endeavor apropos the return to US of a young American mother and her infant son after an auto accident killed her Jordanian husband. (His parents wanted to take custody of the baby, and the authorities were on their side) : “I negotiated for over a week a hard, but amicable separation and the return of two Americans to our country.”