CIA chief confirmed as US secretary of state

27 April, 2018, 00:29 | Author: Genevieve Gibbs
  • Mike Pompeo may speak like a tea party tub-thumper but he deserves a chance

It's something supporters have touted as another example of why Pompeo is ready for the job as the country's top diplomat.

USA senators said Pompeo was expected to hit the ground running and head off nearly immediately to a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation foreign ministers meeting in Brussels on Friday.

After travelling to Brussels he will next go to Israel, where he is expected to meet Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem.

"Again, he demurred. So, with a clear conscience, I will be voting against Pompeo's nomination".

Recall, Pres. Trump sent Pompeo to N. Korea for a meeting with N. Korea's Kim. ET, State Department Spokeswoman Heather Nauert said in a statement.

Pompeo had already started diplomatic work prior to the confirmation with visit to North Korea at the beginning of April to lay the groundwork for upcoming summit between Trump and North Korean leader, Kim Jong Un.

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Pompeo, a former Kansas congressman, is expected to guide Trump's foreign policy in a more right-leaning direction than Tillerson, the former Exxon Mobil CEO fired by Trump on Twitter last month.

Seven senators who caucus with the Democrats voted yes. "I understand that" Sen.

"He's the flawless person to come in at this time and lead those efforts" on North Korea, Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Corker, R-Tenn., said on the Senate floor moments before Pompeo was confirmed. "Yes, we have the right to independent thought, and I independently think that Kanye has lost his mind", he said.

Supporters said Pompeo's seven years in Congress, and especially his last 15 months as Central Intelligence Agency director, have prepared him to head the State Department.

Ultimately, seven members of the Senate Democratic caucus - five of whom face re-election this year in states that Mr. Trump won in 2016 - joined a united Republican conference to support Mr. Pompeo's confirmation.

If confirmed by the Senate, she would become the first woman to hold the post. Moreover, secretaries typically serve a full term with the president. Condoleezza Rice was confirmed by a vote of 85-13 in 2005, and Colin Powell was approved by acclamation in 2001.

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Paul's previous opposition put Pompeo on track for a historic distinction: the first secretary of state nominee not to win a favorable recommendation from the committee, according to the Senate Historical Office. She risked being tagged as an acolyte for Democratic Senate Leader Chuck Schumer, of NY, if she had voted no. No Republican voted no. Tammy Duckworth, D-Ill., and Dick Durbin, D-Ill., voted no. "We are doing very well with North Korea (the DPRK)".

"I said he'd never let us down", Trump told reporters on the South Lawn of the White House. Pompeo will arrive in the region ahead of a series of events that could potentially plunge it into deeper disarray, including the Iran deal decision and the relocation of the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

"The campaign has reached and mobilized more than 100,000 pro-life activists, generating thousands of constituent phone calls and tweets", the pro-life organization added.

Pompeo vowed in the hearing to help rebuild the State Department, which is suffering low morale and depleted ranks, after a year of budget cutting that Tillerson's critics said eroded the administration's ability to conduct foreign policy and influence events overseas.

During his Senate confirmation hearing on April 12, Pompeo confirmed for the first time publicly to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee that he has been interviewed by Special Counsel Robert Mueller, who is investigating potential ties between Russian Federation and Trump's presidential campaign and possible obstruction of justice issues.

Washington is also working with European allies such as French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel on the possibility of toughening an worldwide nuclear agreement with Iran.

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Pompeo later received a law degree from Harvard University in 1994. Trump recently named Bolton as White House national security adviser.



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