“Fox & Friends” defended President Donald Trump’s controversial nominee for CIA Director, Gina Haspel, on Monday morning, days before she is set to face a potentially contentious Senate confirmation hearing this week.
Co-host Steve Doocy said he expects the active deputy director of the CIA to be grilled by the Senate on Wednesday during the hearing, while also noting that most of the tension will surround “what happened regarding the waterboarding.”
“Just keep in mind, whatever she did when she was in power at that point, she was doing it as a directive and all within the law,” Doocy said.
“Right, doing what she was told to do,” co-host Ainsley Earhardt added.
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Following Trump’s nomination of Haspel as CIA director to replace newly confirmed Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, both Republicans and Democrats expressed concern regarding her past overseeing the employment of enhanced interrogation techniques like waterboarding during the 2000s.
“The torture of detainees in U.S. custody during the last decade was one of the darkest chapters in American history,” Sen. John McCain (R-Az.) wrote after Haspel’s nomination. “The Senate must do its job in scrutinizing the record & involvement of Gina Haspel in this disgraceful program.”
However, the Fox News hosts on Monday argued that Haspel ought to be proud of her record.
“I believe she should double down and say, ‘I’m proud of what I accomplished, whether it was black sites, enhanced interrogation, and I dare anyone to sit in my shoes and accomplish as much as I’ve done,'” Brian Kilmeade said.
Earhardt added: “Think about how far we’ve come to as a country … First female — she will be the first female CIA Director. Pretty cool.”
“Fox & Friends” aren’t the only ones defending Haspel. Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice backed the CIA director nominee last week while on the show, arguing that “If you were not in the position of authority on September 11, you have no idea the pressures that we faced to try and make sure that this country wasn’t attacked again.”
“Walk a mile in our shoes,” Rice added.