Congressman Mike Pompeo, US president-elect Donald Trump’s pick to run the CIA, on Thursday has listed out Russia, Iran and Islamic State as major threats to the United States.
The Congressman said that Mike said that Russia is “asserting itself aggressively” by invading and occupying Ukraine, threatening Europe, and “doing nearly nothing” to destroy international terror group ISIS.
“Russia has reasserted itself aggressively, invading and occupying Ukraine, threatening Europe, and doing nearly nothing to aid in the destruction of ISIS,” he said.
He described Iran as “the leading state sponsor of terror”. He alleged that Tehran has become an emboldened, disruptive player in the Middle East and it fuels tension with the Sunni countries.
Regarding the Iran nuclear deal, Pompeo said the US must be rigorously fair and objective in assessing the Joint comprehensive Plan of Action.
“As the President-elect has made clear, one of my top priorities, if confirmed, is to assist in defeating ISIS, Pompeo told lawmakers.
“Radical Islamic terrorism is both a symptom and a catalyst of the terrible conflicts raging in the Middle East that have created both a humanitarian and strategic catastrophe,” he added.
Asked about the hacking, Pompeo said he was very clear about what he called an “aggressive action” ordered by the Russian leadership, and accepted the U.S. intelligence report on the hacking as sound.