However, Democratic Senator Ron Wyden said her background made her unsuitable, adding: "If Ms Haspel seeks to serve at the highest levels of United States intelligence, the government can no longer cover up disturbing facts from her past".
In an earlier statement released to the media, State Department spokesman Steve Goldstein said Tillerson "had every intention of staying because of the critical progress made in national security", particularly on the latest opening with North Korea.
"Regarding Russia, I do not see Mr. Pompeo's appointment assisting in that area". And nothing Burr said even engages that, much less denies it. "To recap, Hope Hicks is out, Gary Cohn is out, Rex Tillerson is out - on top of all that, yesterday they fired Trump's personal assistant, a guy named John McEntee". Blessing said he believes the president will have Pompeo play on his knowledge of North Korea and Russian Federation.
Former CIA Director Michael Hayden suggests that Trump and Pompeo share a similar worldview, which has pluses and minuses.
ANALYST TAKE: "Musical chairs in Washington fuelled fresh concerns of instability within the Trump administration yesterday, adding to fresh worries about Russian Federation on several fronts", said Mike van Dulken, Head of Research at Accendo Markets. Somehow that has not caused him to lose favor with Trump.
"This is a surprising but not unexpected move".
US-African relations over the last year-and-a-half of the Trump administration have already been a challenge to understand because a lot of the key roles were not filled. "The president has made an excellent choice in asking Gina to take on the responsibilities of leading the Central Intelligence Agency and I look forward to working with her". He provided a business perspective not driven primarily by political winds...
It's possible that Pompeo could yank the State Department out of the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change, under which these negotiations are held, which would truly make the USA a pariah state on this issue.
"He is aligned more on numerous President's views and will likely assist in strengthening ties with Congress", he said.
"China is not too happy with Tillerson", Feng Zhang, an expert in Chinese foreign policy at the Australian National University, told Business Insider.
Once in office, Tillerson was seen as a comparatively moderate voice on climate change, advocating that the USA stay in the Paris Climate Agreement, for example. Does this mean we will see more of the Trump line in the US Africa policy?
"Tillerson's ouster is a sign of continued turbulence in US foreign policy", said Jessica Chen Weiss, a Cornell University professor. Pompeo's arrival in Foggy Bottom also promises far more aggressive stances on Iran and North Korea, and he'll at least start with Trump's full confidence - something Tillerson never enjoyed.
"He [Tillerson] was a marginal figure".
In choosing Pompeo, Trump has opted for one of his close allies.
However, this would likely make for more disruptive U.S. stands on issues, threatening more conflicts around the world, Brenner warned. "If Ms. Haspel seeks to serve at the highest levels of USA intelligence, the government can no longer cover up disturbing facts from her past", he said.
Nor was Pompeo likely to restore the influence of the State Department on policy-making that had drastically waned under Tillerson, Brenner cautioned.
"If that results in the US walking out of the Iran deal, it would be a setback for our credibility and our interests in the Middle East and in non-proliferation", Countryman said.