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Kansas congressman Pompeo accepts Trump offer to head CIA, Fox News confirms

 In this Jan. 26, 2008 file photo Mike Pompeo applauds the crowd at the Kansas Republican State Committee for their support in Topeka, Kan. Pompeo has apologized for his campaign's online links to a blog that used an ethnic slur to describe his Democratic opponent.

In this Jan. 26, 2008 file photo Mike Pompeo applauds the crowd at the Kansas Republican State Committee for their support in Topeka, Kan. Pompeo has apologized for his campaign's online links to a blog that used an ethnic slur to describe his Democratic opponent.

President-elect Donald Trump has picked Kansas congressman and Tea Party favorite Mike Pompeo to head the CIA under his administration, Fox News has confirmed.

Pompeo, 53, initially supported Florida Sen. Marco Rubio in the GOP primary but later played a key role in helping Vice President-elect Mike Pence prepare for his debate against Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine.

Pompeo, of Wichita, met with the president-elect's transition team in New York's Trump Tower earlier this week. He is a member of the House Select Committee on Intelligence and has been an ardent supporter of the Patriot Act and the National Security Agency's collection of bulk data.

Pompeo was a vocal critic of President Obama's nuclear deal with Iran and has come under fire for what his critics have called anti-Islamic rhetoric.