Senator Lindsay Graham of the RSC praised President-elect Joe Biden’s CIA director on Monday.
“Bill Burns is an outstanding choice to be the next CIA director,” Graham wrote on Twitter. “I’ve known him for years. He deeply understands the threats facing our nation around the world.”
“He is a well-known, experienced diplomat and a respected figure in the intelligence community. Like outgoing Director Haspel, Burns will be a stable hand at the helm of the CIA. I look forward to supporting his nomination,” Graham continued.
BIDEN ANNOUNCES WILLIAM BURNES CIA DIRECTOR
Biden announced Burns as his nominee for CIA director on Monday.
Burns, currently president of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, previously had a 33-year career in the U.S. Foreign Service. He serves as Deputy Secretary of State for Political Affairs and Deputy Secretary of State in the Obama administration, having served as US ambassador to Russia and Jordan.
“Bill Burns is an exemplary diplomat with decades of experience on the world stage who keeps our people and our country safe and secure,” Biden said in a statement.
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Graham said Burns’ nomination had his support in the Senate, but other Biden candidates may not be lucky enough to enjoy bipartisan support. For example, some Republicans have signaled against their opposition to Biden’s candidate for head of the Office of Management and Budget, Nira Tanden.
Ron Blitzer of Fox News contributed to this report.