On Thursday, the Republican Congressman from Kansas. Mike Pompeo faced questioning during his confirmation hearing before the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence to become the next CIA director in the upcoming Trump Administration. During the hearing, Rep. Pompeo took a hard stance against Iran and the Iran Deal, something he has been very vocal about throughout his time in Congress.
“It was my view that the JCPOA was a mistake for American national security,” Pompeo said. “And now, if I’m confirmed, I will continue to do that in my role as director of the CIA. I will endeavor to provide straight information to you all about the progress that the JCPOA has made.”
Trump’s nominee went on to say that as CIA director he would evaluate Iran’s compliance with the agreement in exchange for lesser sanctions but warned that the Iranians “are professionals at cheating.”
Congressman Pompeo has been an outspoken critic of the Iran Deal, and was one of the first to discover the secret deals. American Military News sat down with Congressman Pompeo one year to the day that the nuclear deal went into effect and discussed the newly discovered secret side deals that were later revealed to be that the Obama Administration allowed Iran to skirt restrictions so they could meet the imposed deadlines for certain sanctions to be lifted.