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Pompeo confirmed as secretary of state, reportedly will visit Israel next week

27 April, 2018, 01:20 | Author: Ted Wilson
  • Secretary of State-designate Mike Pompeo speaks during the Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing on his confirmation on Capitol Hill in Washington. President Trump’s nominee for secreta

The U.S. Senate confirmed CIA Director Mike Pompeo to be President Donald Trump's secretary of state on Thursday, ending a bruising confirmation fight with a comfortable vote.

By comparison, former President Barack Obama's nominees, Hillary Clinton and John Kerry, were confirmed with 94-3 and 94-2 votes respectively.

Democratic Sens. Heidi Heitkamp (N.D.), Joe Manchin (W.Va.), Joe Donnelly (Ind.) and Doug Jones (Ala.) - who are each up running in states Trump won handily in 2016 - joined with Independent Sen.

On Monday, it appeared Pompeo would fail a vote in the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, but the panel ultimately cleared him after last-minute support from Republican Sen.

"He will always put the interests of America first", the president said in a statement after Pompeo's confirmation.

Pompeo's confirmation Thursday is a "pro-life victory", states the leader of the Susan B. Anthony List (SBA List).

Pompeo will be on a two-day travel to Brussels from April 26 to April 27, where he will meet with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg and participate in the NATO Foreign Ministerial, during which Allies will discuss preparations for Julys NATO Summit of Heads of State and Government meeting, she said.

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Update: Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito has sworn in Pompeo as the new secretary of state.

"This morning, we want to pray for our dear brother Mike Pompeo as he goes through the confirmation process", the Rev. Warren Snyder, Eastminster Presbyterian's assistant pastor, prayed several Sundays ago.

President Donald Trump fired his first Secretary of State Rex Tillerson in March.

"After calling continuously for weeks for Director Pompeo to support President Trump's belief that the Iraq war was a mistake, and that it is time to leave Afghanistan, today I received confirmation that Director Pompeo agrees with President Trump", Rand said explaining his decision. Pompeo would then race to a plane waiting to take him to Belgium for a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation meeting.

Pompeo is taking office amid several pressing high-profile foreign policy developments, including a pending historic bilateral meeting between Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, whom Pompeo met while Central Intelligence Agency director in the run-up to the sit-down.

Pompeo narrowly avoided a historic rebuke by the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. Pompeo, a staunch Iran critic, has long deplored the 2015 nuclear accord, but has supported Trump's efforts to get European allies to strengthen restrictions on Iran.

From there, the State Department said Pompeo planned to fly to the Middle East for stops in Saudi Arabia, Israel and Jordan, where the future of the Iran deal and the conflict in Syria will be significant agenda items.

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