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Donald Trump’s nominee for Secretary of State Mike Pompeo Donald Trump’s nominee for Secretary of State Mike Pompeo
Glenn Montgomery | 13 April, 2018, 06:13

Pompeo said Mueller's team requested an interview, although he declined to answer questions about the contents of his interview.

Secretary of State nominee Mike Pompeo faced several hours of Senate confirmation hearings Thursday.

"Will you enable President Trump's worst instincts?" asked Sen.

The leader of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee signaled to President Trump that the panel already approved the ouster of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

However, when asked if he would resign if Trump moved to scuttle the probe by firing special counsel Robert Mueller or the deputy attorney general to whom he reports, he said no.

After choosing Pompeo to replace Rex Tillerson, who was ousted last month as secretary of state, Trump asserted Pompeo would "do a fantastic job" in the role, but LGBTQ advocates have been sounding the alarms over his anti-LGBTQ record ever since his nomination was announced. In his opening statement, Pompeo signaled that he planned to harvest a forceful diplomacy.

In fact, Madison wrote very specifically, he said, the the Executive branch is the branch most prone to war, therefore, we have with studied care vested that authority in the legislature.

"I am not going to talk about private conversations I've had with the President", he said.

"I've been part of this cabinet", Pompeo replied, "and I can tell you. every day at the forefront of our mind is how can we find solutions that achieve the American objective but avoid us having to put a single American in harm's way".

"As our nation's top diplomat, will you champion diplomacy and offer actual plans?"

Mr. Dole, who also introduced Mr. Pompeo during his confirmation hearing past year to be the director of the C.I.A., warmed up the panel, which is far from unanimous in its support to confirm him.

"I can see all you people up there".

Despite his diplomatic rhetoric Pompeo's first task might be building a coalition to support military action against Syria following the regime's alleged chemical weapons attack that killed at least 60 people and wounded more 1,000 others last weekend.

"I asked Mike to lead the C.I.A.in an ethical, moral and legal manner", Mr. Burr said.

"We expect Director Pompeo to be able to explain exactly what financial entanglement he had with the Chinese government and why he failed to disclose it", Juan Pachon, the committee's communications director, told MClatchy.

He asked those on the committee to examine Mr. Pompeo's nomination on the merits alone.

He confirmed that Russian Federation interfered in the 2016 presidential election, and said the U.S. has an obligation to help Ukraine defend its sovereignty.

Pompeo did not get to deliver his full testimony owing to time limits, but he did agree with Sen.

With that in mind, Democratic lawmakers like Sen. Will you go along with them? The state department is also struggling with numerous vacancies and the threat of cuts to a third of its budget, prompting current and former officials to bemoan the collapse of USA diplomacy.

During Thursday's hearing, Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J., asked Pompeo, who is now the Central Intelligence Agency director, whether he believed being gay is "a perversion".

While senators on both sides of the aisle queried Pompeo about his views on the Iranian nuclear deal, the rise of China as a geopolitical force, the threat posed by North Korea, and the relationship between the US and Russian Federation, there were few direct confrontations over Pompeo's own record. Sen.

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