Secretary of State Nominee Mike Pompeo Testifies at Senate Hearing

Secretary of State Nominee Mike Pompeo Testifies at Senate Hearing

Secretary of State Nominee Mike Pompeo Testifies at Senate Hearing

Pompeo, now Trump's CIA chief, tread carefully when confronted with several of the president's controversial and undiplomatic statements, focusing instead on his plans to rebuild a depleted agency and restore its influence. He maintained he wants to improve the Iran deal and would continue efforts to do so even if Trump withdraws from it as he has threatened. "It will be a great Secretary of state!" - wrote trump.

Pompeo was asked later whether he'd resign if Trump fired Mueller.

His remarks before the committee were the first chance for lawmakers and the public to hear directly from the former Kansas congressman about his approach to diplomacy and the role of the State Department, should he be confirmed.

Pompeo never answered the question.

When questioned about this remark, Pompeo waffled, attempting to say his views on gay marriage haven't changed, and mentioned that he didn't discriminate against "married gay couples" while serving as head of the Central Intelligence Agency.

Menendez asked Pompeo about a Washington Post story from past year claiming Mr. Trump wanted his top officials to intervene, during a conversation about Russian Federation and the FBI's investigation.

In addition to homosexuality, Booker also grilled Pompeo on his perspective of Muslim Americans.

Mr Pompeo declined to say that Mr Trump should pull out of the Iran nuclear deal unilaterally and pledged to counter Russia's attempts to undermine Western democracy.

Aiming to quell concerns before what is likely to be a narrow confirmation vote, Secretary of State-designate Mike Pompeo vowed on Thursday to ramp up efforts against Russian Federation in "each place we confront them".

"I'm not going to talk about conversations the president and I had", Pompeo replied, adding that Trump should be able to have private conversations with his top aides.

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