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.
You are off to a great start! US CG John Warner tells ‘Eng. Works’ Students
ED: M. M. ALAM
KARACHI: John Warner, the Acting Consul General of USA posted in the Metropolis welcomed 175 newly enrolled students to the six-month English Works Program here today.
Addressing the students on the occasion John Warner maintained: ““English is a tool that can help you build a better life for yourselves, your families, and your communities. This program will enhance your confidence and leadership skills, expand your understanding of democracy and volunteerism, and help you reach your full potential as future leaders of Pakistan. You are off to a great start and you should be proud of the hard work you are putting into this program.”
The program, funded through US Government’s Regional English Language Programs Office, focuses on enhancing business communication skills – including professional-level English – to improve students’ employment and educational prospects, and, in many cases, their ability to support their families. The program also introduces youth to American values, such as volunteerism, as well as cultural and religious pluralism.
The English Works program was launched to improve job-related English and practical skills among disadvantaged young people aged 17-25. Four hundred participants throughout Pakistan currently receive up to 12 hours of classroom instruction per week in English vocabulary, grammar, and writing for workplace environments. The program also includes seminars, workshops, and conferences on resume writing, job interviews, and workplace etiquette.
Consul General John Warner snapped addressing the students.
Posing for the lens!
Pak business delegation led to NPEW’18 by US Com. Service!
ED: M. M. ALAM
ISLAMABAD: The United States Commercial Service (USCS) is leading a delegation of Pakistani companies to the NPEW, being held in Anaheim, CA, USA, March 8-11, 2018.
From raw ingredients to finished products, Natural Products Expo West/Engredea (NPEW) is the premier trade show for the natural, organic and healthy lifestyle market. Attracting over 80,000 industry professionals, the show offers the largest variety and number of exhibitors as well as buyers from across the globe. NPEW offers unparalleled networking, buying and selling opportunities with over 50,000 products being displayed, marketed and sold at the event.
The participating Pakistani delegation will have the opportunity to gain a greater understanding of natural and organic products, technologies and business prospects, especially from the United States. Pakistan will be one of more than 65 international delegations led by USCS.
Highlighting the importance of this exposition and the value to Pakistan’s pharma and nutraceutical sector participants, U.S. Commercial Counselor Steve Knode said, “Our initiative to lead a delegation to NPEW demonstrates our interest and commitment to showcase best-in-class U.S. products that can assist Pakistan healthcare solutions in a broad range of applications.”
Two-way trade between the United States and Pakistan in 2017 reached a record US$6.4 billion. Last year, USCS led delegations of Pakistani businesses to more than 10 U.S. trade events.
Pak-US team-up to develop next generation of agricultural leaders!
ED: M. M. ALAM
ISLAMABAD: The United States-funded 3-day workshop on youth engagement in agriculture kicked off here today.
It is being conducted by 3 facilitators from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) with the support of Pakistan Water Dialogue and Soil Health and Fertility projects.
This workshop uses the Positive Youth Engagement model from USDA’s 4-H program, which has been active in the US since the late 1800s.
During three days participants from Punjab, Sindh, KPK, and Baluchistan will be trained to identify ways to engage emerging young leaders in Pakistan’s agricultural sector.
The workshop seeks to build upon USDA’s seven-year engagement promoting the demonstration, diffusion, and adoption of best management practices and technologies in watershed rehabilitation and irrigation and soil health and fertility.
Seventy-five senior officials, technical experts from the federal and provincial ministries, universities, and NGOs are attending the event organized by USAID, USDA, World Learning, and the International Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas (ICARDA).
The USDA facilitators leading the workshop are Dr. Lisa Lauxman, the Division Director for Youth and 4-H at USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture; Hilary Landfried, a program manager with USDA’s Foreign Agricultural Service; and Benjamin August, a program coordinator with USDA’s Foreign Agricultural Service.
USDA, with support from USAID, began working in partnership with ICARDA from 2011 to 2016 on Watershed Rehabilitation and Irrigation Improvement in Pakistan: Demonstrating and Disseminating the Best Practices and Technologies to Help Rural Farmers.
The project established over 40 demonstration sites, published 150,000 brochures, held 240 farmers field days, and reached 14,000 farmers. USDA and ICARDA partnered on Improving Soil Fertility and Soil Health in Pakistan through Demonstration and Dissemination of Best Management Practices for Farmers from 2013 to 2016.
This program held 125 farmer field days, training over 11,400 farmers on soil-conservation techniques. Due to these efforts, more than 1,500 farmers have already adopted one or more of the promoted technologies.
USDA also partnered with the International Water Management Institute (IWMI) from 2013 to 2015. This program brought together key stakeholders and USDA technical experts to develop the Pakistan Water Dialogue Consensus Action Plan. USDA and ICARDA are currently collaborating on the Water Dialogue Phase II and the Soil Health and Fertility Phase II programs.ISLAMABAD: Dr. Lisa Lauxman, the Division Director for Youth at USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture, addresses the workshop’s opening ceremony.