tv CIA Director Swearing- In Ceremony CSPAN May 26, 2018 11:44am-12:11pm EDT
in depth fiction addiction -- addition on c-span two. on monday, gina haspel become the first -- became the first cia rector. confirmed by the senate. before her swearing-in ceremony, president trump made remarks and mike pence administered the oath of office. >> ladies and gentlemen please welcome president donald trump, vice president mike pence, gina haspel.
[applause] >> good morning, please be seated. mr. president, mr. vice president, distinguished and honored guests, welcome to the headquarters of the central intelligence agency. thank you to the many guests here today here to join a historic swearing-in ceremony. to begin the ceremony, please stand with me as we sing the national anthem and please remain standing. [ ♪ o say can you see
it the trust of our nation in this agency to keep the -- to be vigilant in the defense of our citizens and freedoms. our director, gina haspel, has the confidence of our nation's leaders because of her proven abilities into record of selfless service and the loyalty of our agency, since she has led from the front and come from their ranks. she is ready to assume the mantle of leading this team, to those whom they protect, the results of their deeds for sure our freedoms remain secure during their watch. she is quick to humbly acknowledge her limitations. she did not arrive at this moment without the help, love, and to support of many, -- and the 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.
help her continue to learn and grow with courage and make -- to make decisions under pressure, and the fortitude to discharge the duties of her office with integrity and honor. help her to provide clear advice 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 -- when making decisions she alone must make, so that she is not overwhelmed by the loneliness that affects other leaders in such high positions of trust. finally grant that she may have , joy and celebrate the victories of the team and she now leads. may she faithfully guard our nation ever free as a beacon to other leaders around the world. amen. >> ladies and gentlemen, we are
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 few will ever have again, this 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.
robert wilke. i want to give a special thank you to chairman and senator, richard work. thank you very much. and a very courageous man, congressman devin nunes. thank you very much. most especially, i want to thank the dedicated men and women of the central intelligence agency. it is a 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 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 person, your new cia director, someone who has served this agency with extraordinary skill and devotion for 30 years, gina haspel. congratulations. there is no 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 -- you live in the cia you , breathe the cia, and now you will lead it. congratulations. [cheers and applause]
pres. trump: that means we are keeping her, right? [laughter] they love you and respect you. a native of ashland, kentucky. 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. throughout her historic career at this agency, she has truly done it all. completed seven field tors, served as a case officer recruited assets, run stations, , captured terrorists, and disrupted networks.
these networks send these weapons all over and you catch them. you will get even better now. you will get even better than ever before. and we are getting you the resources to do it. our enemies will take note. gina is tough, strong, and when it comes to defending america, gina will never, ever back down. i know her. i spent a lot of time with gina. gina played a crucial role in our fight against al qaeda. her first day at the job at the 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 -- plan to stein service,
service, and most recently, deputy director of the cia. during her decades of distinguished service, she has earned the george h.w. bush award for excellence, and the intelligence medal of merit. most importantly, she has earned the trust of her colleagues at the cia, throughout the government, and all over the world, gina is truly respected. we also mark another proud milestone today, as she becomes the first woman ever to lead the cia. [cheers and applause] 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. instead of apologizing for our nation, we are standing up for our nation and the men and women who protect our nation. we will be counting on you to deal with a wide array of threats we face and usher in a new era of prosperity and peace. more the cia's founding than 70 years ago, its courageous operatives have combined ancient crafts with modern marvels to achieve unsung
victories in every part of the globe. i see and understand what you 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, and often times very dangerous mission. the exceptional men and women of this agency deserve exceptional leadership. in gina 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. good luck, god bless you, and 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 yes, in the face of a lot of very negative politics, and what was supposed to be a negative vote. i will tell you, when you testified before the committee, it was over. there was not much they could say.
there was no one more qualified than you and you are going to do a fantastic job. thank you very much. [cheers and applause] 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] vice-president prence: raise your right hand and repeat after me. gina: i, gina haspel, do solemnly swear, that i will support and defend the constitution of the united states against all enemies, foreign and domestic, that i will bear true faith and
gina: good morning, everyone. and thank you, mr. vice president, for administering the oath. let me begin by thanking president trump for joining us and offering those kind words. it means 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. 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] i look out in the crowd and see a strong representation of the cia's past, present, and possibly even the future. i am looking at two young ladies who join us today. the cia has been for me, like many of you, a calling. in this building, officers are carrying out a vital mission, sometimes at great personal risk. i took on the position of director because i want to represent as well as lead you. my years at the cia have rewarded me in ways i could never have imagined and i will continue to give it and you my all.
there are countless role models and mentors have paved the way for me to stand here. as the director 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 the support needed to carry out our sacred mission. every cia officer has taken the same oath that i have just did to support and defend the constitution against all enemies. today, i recommit i will do everything in my power to justify the faith that president trump and the american people have placed in us, and to make 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 -- opened doors for the rest of us. i am deeply indebted to them and i am extremely proud to follow in their footsteps and kelly on -- and to carry on their extraordinary legacy. i stand on the shoulders of heroines who never saw public 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 on my desk these last two months and motivated me daily.
in their own words and pictures, 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. a little over a year ago secretary pompeo first spoke to , me about becoming the deputy director a little over a year ago. he said if the cia is the 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. we must learn, adjust, improve,
and strive to be better. we demand and deserve nothing less. that includes boosting our , foreign language proficiency, strengthening our partnership overseas, and deploying more officers to the foreign field. we are a foreign intelligence service and our workforce and priorities need to reflect that. we need greater focus and effort on the strategic threats our nation faces and persistent threats from global terrorism. as always the key to our success , against these challenges will be empowering the incredible talent that resides within the cia. the men and women who serve your -- who serve here are a national treasure, from the operations officers, to the analysts who contextualize and even how he -- and even value eight -- evau
late 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 expeditionary spirits that has 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 the critical work of helping protect our country, people, and way of life. thank you very much. [cheers and applause]
>> 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. as we close the ceremony, i would ask the audience to 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, please join the director for a reception. thank you again for being with us today. [cheers and applause]
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