President-elect Donald Trump has offered the job of CIA director to Republican Congressman Mike Pompeo, according to Reuters.
Pompeo has accepted the offer, according to an unnamed transition team official cited by the news agency.
Speculation had been rife that the Kansas Representative was in line for a top position in the incoming administration after news emerged he met with Trump this week.
CIA director or army secretary were two likely possibilities based on Pomeo’s background in military and intelligence, according to Mc Clatchy DC.
Pompeo hails from Wichita, Kansas and has served three terms as a Republican representative. He is a West Point and Harvard Law graduate, and had originally pledged his support to Trump’s rival for the Republican presidential nomination, Marco Rubio.
News of his appointment is already drawing criticism as the lawmaker has come under fire for controversial statements made in relation to Muslims.
Meanwhile, Trump has reportedly offered the role of US attorney general to Senator Jeff Sessions.
Earlier it was reported that retired Lieutenant General Michael Flynn was chosen as Trump’s new national security adviser, according to a close source.
The appointments are expected to be confirmed later today.
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