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White House shakeups have not been an uncommon thing in the Trump administration, with plenty of people coming and going from 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. However, the president may be saving his biggest shakeup of his young administration for right before the end of its first year.
According to a report in The New York Times, the White House is formulating a plan to replace Secretary of State Rex Tillerson with Central Intelligence Agency Director Mike Pompeo, with senior administration officials saying that the move could happen within the next few weeks.
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The plan was apparently formulated by the president’s chief of staff, John Kelly. Trump has not signed off on the shakeup yet. However, the relationship between the president and Tillerson has gone south in recent months, particularly after rumors that Tillerson had called Trump a “moron” during a private staff meeting.
Pompeo would be replaced at the CIA by Tom Cotton, the Republican Arkansas senator — and that could be the biggest move in the whole shakeup.
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Cotton is a two-tour Iraq veteran who earned a Bronze Star for his service. He was elected to the upper chamber in 2014 and has become a consistent conservative and anti-establishment vote in the Senate.
Cotton is also a hard-liner on surveillance measures to protect against terrorism, something he made very clear in the wake of the Iran nuclear deal back in 2015.
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“”We’ve now entered into a nuclear deal that’s going to give the world’s worst state sponsor of terrorism nuclear weapons,” Cotton said, according to Politico. He also defended bulk collection of telephone records: “(W)e’ve deprived very patriotic intelligence officials of critical tools that would keep this country safe.”
Cotton has also said that he believes enhanced interrogation techniques such as waterboarding don’t constitute torture.
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