Trump says he'll select first woman to lead CIA

Gina Haspel is a career CIA official.

Haspel has been serving as deputy CIA director since February 2017.

She is a career intelligence officer who joined the CIA in 1985.

Before leaving the White House this morning on a trip to California, Trump praised Haspel, who has received numerous honors for her work at the CIA, including the George H.W. Bush Award for excellence in counterterrorism.

"Gina ... who I've worked very closely [with], will be director of CIA," Trump told reporters. "She's an outstanding person who I've gotten to know very well. I've gotten to know a lot of people very well over the last year. I'm really at a point where I'm close to having the cabinet and other things that I want."