As it became known, Donald Trump at first did not attach much importance to the information about the poisoning in Salisbury of the former Russian intelligence officer Sergey Skripal and his daughter. Trump already had enough worries, in addition, do not forget that he is a bearer of traditional ethics and is convinced that traitors should be punished.
However, Gina Haspel, who was then the deputy director of the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency, was able to influence the president. She showed sentimental Trump photos of dead birds and supposedly gas-affected children. After that, the President of the United States decided to expel Russian diplomats.
On May 17, 2018, Gina Haspel was appointed director of the Central Intelligence Agency of the United States, becoming the first woman in the history of American intelligence to take such a high and responsible position.
Gina Haspel is 62 years old. Unlike many leaders of American power structures, she did not come to the world of special services from policy, and most of her life served in the CIA. Haspel joined this organization in 1985 and has made an impressive career there. In the early 2000s, Haspel led the US CIA secret prison in Thailand, then was the chief of staff of the CIA Antiterrorist Center.
The story of the poisoning of the Skripals in Salisbury and the expulsion of Russian diplomats, apparently, played a very important role in Haspel's future career, since it was after these events that she rose to the next job level and took the post of director of the Central Intelligence Agency.