CIA Director Gina Haspel, who has had an increasingly strained relationship with President Trump during the final year of his administration, announced Tuesday that she is leaving the agency.
"It has been the greatest honor of my life to lead this remarkable organization," Haspel wrote in a statement shared by the CIA on Twitter. "I depart deeply proud of the work we have done together — the triumphs we have achieved, the threats we have overcome, and the investments we have made for the future."
Haspel, the first woman to serve as CIA director, came out from the shadows of a life undercover as an operations officer to serve as deputy director under Mike Pompeo in February 2017. She was elevated to the role of director in 2018 when Pompeo began his service as secretary of state.
In recent months, her relationship with the president had soured, and Haspel told associates she had been preparing for months for the possibility she’d be fired, according to sources. She managed to avoid that fate, however, Yahoo reported.