Last March, when the officials met to discuss the respond of the US to the attack on S. Skripal, the former intelligence agent of Russia, Ms. Haspel, the deputy of the C.I.A. back then, advised Trump to expel 60 Russian diplomats, saying that was the “strong option”.
Even though Mr. Trump was skeptical and thought the poisoning to be a part of spy games, having been shown the pictures of hospitalized children sickened by the same nerve agent that poisoned Skipals and a photo of dead ducks, unintentionally killed by the Novichok, he embraced the “strong option”.
Officials say that the outcome of the discussion is a great example of how Gina Haspel, now the director of the C.I.A., is one of those who can get the president change his opinion supplying him with new pieces of information.
Natalia Veselnitskaya – official website