In a surprise Tuesday morning tweet, President Trump offered his "congratulations" to new Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) director Gina Haspel early Tuesday, as he announced Mike Pompeo would be replacing Rex Tillerson as secretary of state.
Haspel reportedly ran the CIA's first overseas detention site in Thailand, where imprisoned militants were repeatedly waterboarded and endured various other forms of torture, The New York Times reported in February 2017.
Veteran intelligence officials praised Trump's decision to name Haspel deputy director in February 2017, including former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper.
Michael Morell, who served as CIA acting director twice, called Haspel "widely respected," boasting that "she gets things done."
In Washington, Haspel has held several top senior leadership positions, including deputy director of the National Clandestine Service and deputy director of the National Clandestine Service for Foreign Intelligence and Covert Action.