U.S. Rep. Michael Pompeo of Kansas, Donald Trump's CIA director pick, says Russia is a threat to the United States. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) U.S. President-elect Donald Trump's nominee to head the CIA - Michael Pompeo - portrayed multiple challenges facing the United States on Thursday, from an aggressive Russia to a "disruptive" Iran to a China that he said is creating "real tensions." Diverging from Trump's stated aim of seeking closer ties with Russia, Pompeo said that Russia is "asserting itself aggressively" by invading and occupying Ukraine, threatening Europe, and "doing nearly nothing" to destroy Islamic State. Pompeo, a Republican member of the House of Representatives and a former U.S. Army officer, was speaking at the start of his confirmation hearing in the U.S. Senate. In his prepared opening statement, Pompeo noted that the CIA does not make policy on any country, adding, "it is a policy decision as to what to do with Russia, but it will be essential that the Agency provide policymakers with accurate intelligence and clear-eyed analysis of Russian activities." His testimony came at a time when Trump, a Republican who takes office on Jan. 20, has openly feuded with U.S. intelligence agencies.