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Sen. Rand Paul said Wednesday the nomination of Gina Haspel to be CIA director is "the wrong kind of message to send to the world" due to her connection with enhanced interrogation and waterboarding in the Bush administration.

"She believes that waterboarding should be something that we use, and I think America shouldn't be known for torture," Paul (R-Ky.) said on "Outnumbered Overtime."

President Donald Trump announced Tuesday that he chose Haspel to succeed Mike Pompeo, who was chosen to replace ousted Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.

Harris Faulkner pressed Paul on his reasoning, asking why he thought that was Haspel's belief when she and others in the CIA were simply taking orders.

"How do you know what she believes?" Faulkner asked.

Paul referenced past comments by Haspel in which he said she was "basically gleeful" about men being tortured and that she seemed to "enjoy" the interrogations.

"We should not reward somebody who actually participated in torture treatment," Paul said.

Watch the interview above.


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