The New York Times:
WASHINGTON — In 13 months as C.I.A. director, Mike Pompeo sometimes displayed the aggressive partisanship he had developed as a Republican combatant in Congress, disturbing some colleagues with hawkish policy pronouncements and political spin that were jarring in his role as intelligence adviser.
But the agency appreciated his clout at the White House. His tough talk and stellar resume as a graduate of West Point and Harvard Law School pleased President Trump, who formed a close bond and easy rapport with Mr. Pompeo in daily intelligence briefings.
Now, if confirmed to replace Rex W. Tillerson as secretary of state, the 54-year-old former Kansas congressman will become the first person to have served as both the nation’s top spy and top diplomat. In the new job, Mr. Pompeo will no longer be constrained by the strictures of impartial intelligence analysis, a development likely to thrill his conservative political allies and alarm his critics.
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