Washington، The Financial Times، 18 Nov. 2016- Mike Pompeo, Donald Trump’s nominee as CIA director, is a fierce critic of the Iran nuclear deal .
A three-term Congressman from Kansas and graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point, Mr Pompeo has been one of the more hawkish members of the House Republican caucus on foreign affairs.
He won some prominence over the past two years as one of the harshest critics of Hillary Clinton over the 2012 attack on the US consulate in Benghazi, Libya.
With his name circulating as a candidate for the Central Intelligence Agency post, Mr Pompeo took to Twitter on Thursday to promise action on the Iran deal. “I look forward to rolling back this disastrous deal with the world’s largest state sponsor of terrorism.”
On Friday, he issued a statement saying it had been a difficult decision to move on from representing Kansas, “but ultimately the opportunity to lead the world’s finest intelligence warriors, who labour tirelessly to keep this nation and Kansas safe, is a call to service I cannot ignore.”
If confirmed, Mr Pompeo would replace John Brennan, who has run the CIA since 2013, after serving as President Barack Obama’s chief counterterrorism adviser.
Mr Pompeo graduated first in his class at West Point before going to Harvard Law School and then Williams & Connolly, a Washington law firm.
He was first elected to Congress in 2010 during the Tea Party wave and has served on the House intelligence committee.
As well as opposing the 2014 nuclear deal with Iran, Mr Pompeo has sponsored a series of bills that would increase sanctions on Iran. Earlier this year, he and two other House Republicans requested visas to visit Iran to monitor the parliamentary elections in February.