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Trump Jokes That CIA Director Gina Haspel Might Not Be Qualified at Swearing-In: ‘We’re Keeping Her, Right?’

President Donald Trump on Monday congratulated incoming CIA Director Gina Haspel on her new job, saying “there is no one in this country better qualified,” than Haspel. But, like just anything else Trump says or does, the president put his own personal touch on the ceremony.

“We’re here today for the swearing in of a very special person, your new CIA director, someone who has served this agency with extraordinary skill and devotion for 30 years, Gina Haspel. There is no one in this country better qualified for this extraordinary office than you,” Trump said to a room full of U.S. intelligence officials at CIA Headquarters in Langley, Virginia.

The president then joked about Haspel’s qualifications, telling the audience to speak up if they did not agree Haspel is the most qualified to lead the CIA: “By the way, if you don’t agree with that, please let me know now before it is too late. Immediately. Have to do it quickly.”

“You live in the CIA, you breathe the CIA. And now you will lead the CIA,” Trump added as the audience applauded. The president then quipped, “That means we’re keeping her, right?”

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