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Trump picks hardliner Jeff for AG, Pompeo for CIA job

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Washington, United States | AFP | 

President-elect Donald Trump tapped arch-conservative US Senator Jeff Sessions to be attorney general and hawkish congressman Mike Pompeo, a strident opponent of the Iran nuclear deal, as his CIA director, Trump’s transition team announced Friday.

The incoming commander in chief also appointed retired lieutenant general Michael Flynn, a top military advisor for Trump and one of his earliest campaign surrogates, as his national security advisor.

All three have accepted their appointments, the Trump team’s statement said.

“I enthusiastically embrace President-elect Trump’s vision for ‘one America,’ and his commitment to equal justice under law. I look forward to fulfilling my duties with an unwavering dedication to fairness and impartiality,” said Sessions, age 69 and a 20-year veteran of Congress.

Trump praised Flynn as “one of the country’s foremost experts on military and intelligence matters and he will be an invaluable asset to me and my administration.”

Flynn’s appointment does not require Senate approval, but the other two do.

 

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