Politics Trump informally offered Cohn CIA job before changing his mind: report

22:06  19 march  2018
22:06  19 march  2018 Source:   thehill.com

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Gary Cohn wearing a suit and tie© Provided by The Hill President Trump informally offered former White House economic adviser Gary Cohn the job as head of the CIA, but ultimately changed his mind, Politico reported Monday.

Cohn, who resigned earlier this month, had reportedly expressed interested in returning to the administration for the CIA job. The position became available last week when Trump suddenly fired Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, and said he intended to replace him with CIA Director Mike Pompeo.

Trump informally offered Cohn the position, and Cohn agreed to take it, Politico reported, citing three people close to the president.

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It's unclear why Trump changed his mind and ultimately named Gina Haspel as his choice for CIA director.

Cohn does not have a background in the intelligence community, having come from Goldman Sachs before serving in the White House. He resigned earlier this month amid a disagreement with Trump over trade policy.

He has since been replaced by CNBC contributor Larry Kudlow.

Haspel, meanwhile has drawn criticism from some lawmakers ahead of her confirmation hearing. Sens. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and Rand Paul (R-Ky.) have expressed concerns about her ties to the enhanced interrogation program carried out under the George W. Bush administration.

Paul on Sunday vowed to do "whatever it takes" to block Haspel's nomination, including a filibuster. He said he'd do the same to stop Pompeo's nomination as secretary of State.

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