Pompeo Throws Shade At CIA, Says National Security Shouldn’t Be Risked To ‘Appease Some Liberal, Woke Agenda’

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Former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Tuesday the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) cannot risk national security to appease a “liberal, woke agenda.”

“The collection of incredibly talented patriots serving America at the CIA is what makes it the best spy agency in the world — and we must continue to recruit the best and brightest,” Pompeo tweeted. “We can’t afford to risk our national security to appease some liberal, woke agenda.”

Pompeo was possibly referring to a video shared Monday by the CIA in which an employee uses “woke” terms while discussing her sexual and racial identity. (RELATED: ‘I Am A Cisgender Millennial’: CIA Recruitment Video Draws Big Rebukes For Being ‘Woke’)

“I am a woman of color. I am a mom. I am a cisgender millennial who has been diagnosed with generalized anxiety disorder,” the employee said in the video. “I am intersectional, but my existence is not a box-checking exercise.”

“When I was Director of the CIA, we valued individuals based on their talent and skill, not their race or sexuality. I’ll never forget what one female analyst said to me: ‘Thank you for valuing me for my work. I want my abilities and achievements to define me, not my sexuality,'” Pompeo also tweeted.

Pompeo equated liberals’ wokeness to authoritarianism back in January.

“Censorship, wokeness, political correctness, it all points in one direction – authoritarianism, cloaked as moral righteousness,” he tweeted. “It’s not who we are as Americans. It’s time that we simply put woke-ism to sleep.”