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that president trump abandoned early this month. we will show you the secretary of state's remarks tonight at 10 p.m. eastern on c-span. president trump swope -- as spoke at the swearing-in of gina haspel, the first female cia director and one senate confirmation by a vote of 54-45 week. other officials included secretary of state mike pompeo, and vice president mike pence, who administered the oath of office.
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[applause] >> good morning, please be seated. mr. president, mr. vice president, distinguished and welcome to the headquarters of the central intelligence agency. thank you to the many guests here to join a historic swearing-in ceremony.
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to begin the ceremony, please stand with me as we sing the national anthem and please remain standing. o say can you see by the dawn's early light what so proudly we hailed at the twilight's last gleaming whose broad stripes and bright stars through the perilous light o'er the ramparts we watched were so gallantly streaming and the rockets red glare
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bursting in air gave proof through the night our flag was still there say does that star-spangled banner yet wave o'er the land of the free home of the brave ♪] [applause]
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>> i invite you to join with me in prayer. let us pray. god, we ask that you bless this ceremony, and through it the trust of our nation in this agency to keep the 20 defense of our citizens in freedoms. hasdirector, gina haspel, the confidence of our nation's leaders because of her proven abilities into record of selfless service and the loyalty of our agency. she comes from their ranks. she is ready to assume the mantle of leading this team, to those whom they protect, the soles of their deeds for sure our freedoms remain secure during their watch. she is quick to humbly acknowledge her limitations.
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she did not arrive at this moment without the help, love, and to support of many, beginning with her appearance and continuing throughout her career, those who contributed to her development just as she has given to so many others. and her continue to learn grow with courage and make decisions under pressure, and the fortitude to discharge the duties of her office with integrity and honor. clear advicerovide with candor to our nation's leaders and in dark nights surround her with confidants who can ease the burden she must bear in making the burdens she alone must make, so that she is not overwhelmed by the loneliness that affects other leaders in such high positions of trust. grant that she may have joy and
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celebrate the victories of the team and she now leads. may she regard our nation ever free as a beacon to other leaders around the world. amen. arees and gentlemen, we immensely honored to have president trump at the cia once again. please join me in welcoming the president of the united states. [applause] pres. trump: thank you very much. good morning. i want to thank all of you and our distinguished guests joining us today for a ceremony, like thisill ever have again,
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is very special, including vice president pence secretary pompeo, secretary mnuchin, secretary chou, secretary perry, secretary nielsen, director coates, and my nominee for va secretary, who will do a fantastic job. i want to give a special thank you to richard burke for being ,ere, and a very courageous man congressman devin nunes. thank you very much. especially, i want to thank the dedicated men and women of the central intelligence agency. true honor to stand here today before the most elite intelligence professionals on the planet. nobody even close. -- you face down our enemies, you protect our
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families, you stand and watch over this great nation. you don't do it for fame or fortune or glory. you do it for your country. america is forever grateful. thank you very much. we are here today for the swearing-in of a very special ,erson, your new cia director someone who has served this agency with extraordinary skill and devotion for 30 years, gina haspel. congratulations. one in this country better qualified for this extraordinary office. if you don't agree with that, please let me know now, before it is too late. >> [laughter] pres. trump: you live, you breathe the cia, and now you will lead it. congratulations. applause]nd
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[cheers and applause] pres. trump: that means we are keeping her, bright? >> [laughter] pres. trump: they love you and respect you. gina's father served in the u.s. air force. she spent much of her childhood overseas. from a young age, she was instilled with a deep love of her country, combined with a thirst for adventure. that led her to the cia.
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throughout her historical beer at this agency, she has truly done it all -- career at this agency, she has truly done it all. recruited assets, run stations, captured terrorists, and disrupted networks. those weapons are being sent all over, and you catch them. you will get even better now. you will get even better than ever before. note.emies will take gina is tough, strong, and whnen it comes to defending america, gina will never ever backed down. -- never, ever back down. i know her. gina played a crucial role in our fight against al qaeda. theer stop in
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counterterrorism center was september 11, 2001, and she tirelessly hunted terrorists for the next three years. she went on to become deputy director of the national claim to stein service, and most recently, deputy director of the cia. during her decades of distinguished service, she has earned the george h.w. bush and ther excellence, intelligence medal of merit. has earnedantly, she the trust of her colleagues throughout the cia, the government, and all over the world, gina is truly respected. we also mark another proud milestone today, as it she becomes the cia. -- as she becomes the first woman ever to lead the cia.
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[cheers and applause] pres. trump: now, gina will lead this agency into its next great chapter. she assumes the role of director at a crucial moment in our history. we are reasserting american strength and confidence. by the way, america is respected again. for our n apologizing ation, we are standing up for our nation and the men and women who protect our nation. we will be counting on you to d threats a wide array of we face and usher in a new era
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of prosperity and peace. 's bounding, it's courageous operatives have combined ancient crafts with unsungmarvels to achieve victories in every part of the globe. youe and understand what do. it is incredible. marked on the hallowed walls of this building are the stars honoring the cia's fallen heroes who gave their last breath for our nation. many of their names remain secret, their stories of service and sacrifice and daring will live for all time. today, we think of them and honor them by pledging that the patriots of the cia will have the tools, resources, and support they need to accomplish their incredible, complicated,
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and often times very dangerous mission. the exceptional men and women of this agency deserve exceptional leadership. haspel, that is exactly what you are getting. congratulations again. i know you will thrive as the agency's director, and help keep our nation safe and strong and proud and free. you, and, god bless god bless the men and women of the cia. god bless america. i want to thank everyone in this room for doing such an incredible job and giving gina that unbelievable support she needed. it took courage for her to say of, in the face of a lot
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very negative politics, and what was supposed to be a negative vote. the you testify before committee, it was over. there was not much they could safe. there was no one more qualified than you and you are going to do a fantastic job. thank you very much. [cheers and applause] pres. trump: with that, i would like to ask our great vice president to administer the oath of office. thank you all very much. thank you. >> [applause] prence: raise your right hand and repeat after me. i, gina haspel, do solemnly
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swear, that i will support and defend the constitution of the united states against all domestic,oreign and that i will bear true faith and that ince to the state, take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation, or purpose of evasion, and i will compel and faithfully of thege, the duties office on which i am about to god., so help me [cheers and applause]
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gina: good morning, everyone. and thank you, mr. vice president, for administering the of. let me begin by thanking president trump for joining us and offering those kind words. it needs a great deal to me and the agency you made time to come out for this ceremony. >> [applause] gina: you have placed enormous trust in the cia throughout your presidency and the men and women of the cia do not take that for granted.
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thank you for your confidence in me and your steadfast support of our mission and people. i am honored to have this opportunity to lead the best workforce in government. it has been nearly 50 years since an operations officer rose up through the ranks to become director, and after the experience of the last two months i think i know why that is. >> [laughter] gina: i look out in the crowd and see a strong representation past, present, and possibly even the future. i am looking at two young ladies who join us today. the cia has been the fort meade like many of you a calling. -- for me, like many of you, a calling. in this building, officers are carrying out a vital mission, sometimes at great personal risk.
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the position of director because i want to you.sent as well as lead my years at the cia have reported being in ways i could never have imagined and i will continue to give it and you might all. -- you my all. countless more models and mentors have paved the way for me to stand here. i want the current leadership team to be role models and mentors for our next generations of officers who will walk the streets of far-flung capitals and work the late nights at headquarters. being director is about doing right by all of you so you have between and support needed to carry out our sacred mission -- the support needed to carry out our sacred mission. i will doecommit
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everything in my power to justify the faith that president trump and the american people makeplaced in us, and to sure the cia continues to provide the intelligence needed to keep our country safe. i would be remiss if i did not also note the tremendous pride i take in being the first woman to serve as director. i would not be standing before you today if not for the remarkable courage and dedication displayed by agency women in both roles large and small, who challenged stereotypes, broke down barriers and open doors for the rest of us. and deeply indebted to them i am extremely proud to follow in their footsteps and kelly on their extraordinary legacy. i stand on the shoulders of heroines who never saw public
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acclaim, but stood as inspirations to the generations that came after them. i want to welcome eliza and zoe, who have joined us today. the notes from these two young ladies, ages six and seven, sat last two months and motivated me daily. they expressed their excitement about the opportunity my nomination represented. to them, i would simply say, we did it. [cheers and applause] lastly, allow me just a moment to talk about the future of this agency. toretary pompeo first spoke me about becoming the deputy director a little over a year ago. he said if the cia is the
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world's preeminent intelligence service and i want to make sure we position it to stay that way. we are the best and our challenge is to always be the best. we must learn from the past but we cannot dwell in the past. adjust, improve, and strive to be better. we demand and deserve nothing less. foreign language proficiency, strengthening our partnership overseas, and deploying more officers to the field. we are a foreign intelligence service and our workforce and priorities need to reflect that. focus and effort on the strategic threats our nation faces and persistent threats from global terrorism. the key to our success against these challenges will be
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empowering the incredible talent that resides within the cia. the men and women who serve your are a national treasure, from the operations officers, to the analysts who contextualize and even how he wait it to four senior policymakers, to the support officers who enable every aspect of our mission, to the scientists, engineers, and cyber specialists to give us a decisive edge over our adversaries. the only way to confront these threats is to forge ahead with determination, and with the same hasditionary spirits that defined our agency since its founding. i am profoundly honored to lead you in that fight and work alongside each one of you as we advance our vital mission. mr. president, thank you again for giving me the opportunity to serve, to represent the men and women of the cia, and carry out
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the critical work of helping protect our country, people, and way of life. thank you very much. applause] and [captioning performed by the national captioning institute, which is responsible for its caption content and accuracy. visit] [captions copyright national cable satellite corp. 2018] >> on behalf of the director of the central intelligence agency, thank you to our distinguished guests, and each and every one of you for participating in today's ceremony. toould ask the audience please remain in place while the presidential party departs the lobby. once they do, those in the lower lobby, please exit, and our guests in the upper lobby, for a join the director
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reception. thank you again for being with us today. applause]d >> [applause] washington journal, live every day with the news and
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