Senate confirms Mike Pompeo as Secy. of State

Hugh Fox
April 27, 2018

"Having a patriot of Mike's enormous talent, energy, and intellect leading the Department of State will be an incredible asset for our country at this critical time in history", Trump said in a statement. Pompeo used his confirmation hearing to try to soften that image, edging away from past comments about regime change in North Korea.

Supporters said Mr Pompeo did well during his time at the Central Intelligence Agency, and said the country badly needed a leader at the State Department, where staffing has been slashed with many positions unfilled since Mr Trump became president in January 2017.

The Senate approved Mike Pompeo's nomination as the next secretary of state on Thursday, installing the former CIA Director as the nation's top diplomat at a time when several high stakes negotiations are underway around the globe.

"Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito swore in Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in the West Conference Room of the Supreme Court", State Department Spokesperson Heather Nauert said.

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Every past nominee since at least the Jimmy Carter administration (1977-81) had received 85 or more "Yes" votes, with the exception of Trump's first secretary of state, Rex Tillerson, who got 56. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) reversed his position and said he would support Trump's pick.

A number of liberal Jewish groups, including the American Jewish World Service, the National Council of Jewish Women and J Street, had joined calls on the Senate to reject Pompeo.

"As longtime admirers and supporters of the State Department's defense of American interests and values across the globe, and as proud civil society partners in that vital mission, AJC congratulates you on your swearing-in as Secretary of State", said AJC CEO David Harris.

The United States Senate has confirmed CIA Director Mike Pompeo as the new secretary of state. The United States issued several rounds of sanctions against Russian Federation. In the North Korean capital he met with leader Kim Jong Un ahead of the planned meeting with Trump, expected in late May or June.

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Pompeo's confirmation narrowly made it out of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Monday after last-minute support from Republican Sen.

The State Department said no secretary of state had ever traveled overseas so soon after being confirmed.

"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 said on the Senate floor moments before Mr Pompeo was confirmed. "The Secretary will then travel to the Middle East, where he will meet with Saudi, Israeli, and Jordanian leaders to discuss critical regional and bilateral issues", it added.

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