The Washington Post yesterday afternoon that Trump's nominee to be the next director of the CIA, Gina Haspel, informed the White House on Friday that she wanted to withdraw her name from consideration.
The Post also reported that Trump's staff talked her out of it, but it appears that they are the one of the reasons why she offered to withdraw.
The White House apparently didn't know anything about her past before she was nominated by Trump.
Gina Haspel, President Trump’s nominee to become the next CIA director, sought to withdraw her nomination Friday after some White House officials worried that her role in the interrogation of terrorist suspects could prevent her confirmation by the Senate, according to four senior U.S. officials. [...]
She was summoned to the White House on Friday for a meeting on her history in the CIA’s controversial interrogation program — which employed techniques such as waterboarding that are widely seen as torture — and signaled that she was going to withdraw her nomination. She then returned to CIA headquarters, the officials said.
One official who spoke to the Washington Post said Haspel does not want to be "the next Ronny Jackson," but I think we're already there.
With all the subtlety of a marching band, Trump tweeted this morning that Democrats oppose Haspel's nomination because she's "tough on terrorists."
My highly respected nominee for CIA Director, Gina Haspel, has come under fire because she was too tough on Terrorists. Think of that, in these very dangerous times, we have the most qualified person, a woman, who Democrats want OUT because she is too tough on terror. Win Gina!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 7, 2018
If Trump regime officials were concerned that Haspel's record on torture could sink her nomination, they can't be too happy to see Trump all but endorse Haspel because she oversaw a torture program.