WASHINGTON (AP) — Without opposition, the Senate has confirmed veteran diplomat William Burns as CIA director. That provides Burns management of the nation’s premier spy company as the U.S. authorities confronts threats from China, Russia, Iran and elsewhere.
Burns is a former ambassador to Russia and Jordan who served on the State Department for greater than 30 years below each Democratic and Republican presidents. He pledged at his affirmation listening to final month that he would ship “unvarnished” intelligence to the White House.
Senate approval, by voice vote, got here quickly after Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, lifted a maintain he had positioned on the nomination.
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