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CIA Director-designate Rep. Michael Pompeo, R-Kan. testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Jan. 12, 2017, at his confirmation hearing before the Senate Intelligence Committee. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

The Senate confirmed Mike Pompeo as CIA director


Rep. Mike Pompeo of Kansas was confirmed as CIA director by the Senate on Monday.  

As director of the CIA, he will be responsible for managing the country's spy network amid escalating national security concerns, according to The Washington Post.  His biggest challenge as director may be working to develop a better relationship with the White House. Pompeo signaled he doesn't necessarily agree with all of Trump's policies. He previously said he would "absolutely not" comply with any order to torture captives.

The Senate confirmed Mike Pompeo as CIA director

WATCH | Trump lavished praise on Pompeo during his speech at CIA headquarters. 

Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback congratulated Pompeo on Twitter. 

President Donald Trump has clashed with the intelligence community in recent months. During Obama's final days in office, the intelligence community revealed intelligence findings that suggested Russia interfered in the 2016 presidential election. 

At first, he denied the findings but later conceded that Russia was behind the election hacking. 

On Saturday, Donald Trump gave a speech at the CIA headquarters in Langley, Virginia. 

While there, Trump gave a speech falsely accusing the news media of lying about how many people attended the inauguration, rather than focusing on the CIA's role in protecting the country. 

Former CIA Director John Brennan responded to the speech saying "Trump should be ashamed of himself," for focusing on that while standing in front of a memorial for fallen CIA agents. 

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