In first, Donald Trump swears in new CIA Director Gina Haspel

Washington, DC, USAUpdated: May 21, 2018, 10:07 PM IST

Gina Haspel. Photograph:(Reuters)

The new head of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), Gina Haspel, was sworn in on Monday (May 21) at the agency's headquarters in Virginia.

Haspel is the first woman to serve in that capacity, which is a source of tremendous pride, she said in remarks after taking the oath administered by Vice President Mike Pence.

"I stand on the shoulders of heroines who never sought public acclaim but served as inspirations to the generations that came after them," Haspel said.

The US Senate confirmed Gina Haspel on Thursday (May 17) to be director of the CIA, ending a bruising confirmation fight centered on her ties to the spy agency's past use of waterboarding and other brutal interrogation techniques.

Haspel is a 33-year veteran at the agency currently serving as its acting director. The tally was 54-45 in favor of her nomination in the 100-member chamber, where a simple majority was required for confirmation.

Trump nominated Haspel, then deputy director, in March to succeed Mike Pompeo as CIA director. Haspel became acting director after Pompeo was confirmed as secretary of state.