Politics Senate confirms Trump’s new NSA director

01:01  25 april  2018
01:01  25 april  2018 Source:   thehill.com

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The Senate has approved President Trump's choice to lead the National Security Agency (NSA) and U.S. Cyber Command.

The upper chamber approved the nomination of Lt. Gen. Paul Nakasone in a voice vote Tuesday morning. Nakasone will replace outgoing NSA Director Mike Rogers.

Nakasone, who has most recently helmed the U.S. Army's cyber operations, is widely cheered by current and former officials as a qualified choice. He was commissioned as a military intelligence officer more than three decades ago, serving in key roles at the NSA and Cyber Command.

Nakasone sailed through confirmation hearings before the Senate Armed Services and Intelligence committees last month, earning broad praise from lawmakers in both parties.

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Putting an end to a weekend during which the CIA had operated without any director , the Senate today confirmed Rep. Mike Pompeo (R – KS), President Trump ’ s selection, into the position. Pompeo was an outspoken advocate of NSA surveillance, and also a harsh critic of efforts by the Senate to release

President Trump is expected to nominate a new NSA director this month, with Senate confirmation coming in the next few weeks, Politico reported .

At the helm of the NSA, Nakasone will oversee the U.S. government's foreign and counterintelligence collection, an operation that has increasingly drawn scrutiny since the 2013 disclosures by NSA contractor-turned-whistleblower Edward Snowden.

Nakasone will serve in the dual-hatted position of NSA director and commander of Cyber Command, the Pentagon's burgeoning cyber warfare unit, while the Trump administration continues to study whether to separate the two organizations.

Trump nominated Nakasone to serve as NSA director in mid-February, after Rogers revealed plans to retire.

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