01:16 GMT13 May 2021
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    Ex-CIA Director Michael Hayden suffered a stroke at his home earlier this week, Hayden's family said in a statement Friday.

    Hayden has been taken to a hospital, where he is getting "expert medical care" and attempting to recover from the stroke, the family said but hasn't provided any further information about the severity of his condition.

    "He is receiving expert medical care for which the family is grateful," the family noted in a statement.

    CIA Director Gina Haspel has responded to the reports about Hayden's hospitalisation, wishing the former director a speedy recovery.

    At the same time, US President Donald Trump, who has fallen victim of Hayden's criticism, has still refrained from commenting on the incident.

    Hayden, a retired four-star Air Force general, aged 73, served as CIA director during the George W. Bush and Obama administrations, between 2006 and early 2009.

    He has been a vocal critic of the Obama and the Trump administrations. In 2014, Hayden critisized then-President Barak Obama for his reliance on airstrikes to combat Daesh*.

    Later, during the 2016 presidential campaign, he lashed out at Trump, saying that the then-presidential candidate represented a "clear and present danger."

    *Daesh [ISIL, Islamic State, ISIS] — a terrorist organisation banned in Russia


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