After Senate battle, Pompeo sworn in as USA secretary of state

Apr 27, 2018, 01:02
After Senate battle, Pompeo sworn in as USA secretary of state

A former U.S. Congressman from Kansas, Pompeo has a long record of supporting pro-life legislation.

The vote for Pompeo was nearly the same as for Tillerson, who was approved by 56-43, then an unusually close margin for a cabinet position.

"One of the many values of robust diplomacy is that it increases our chances of solving problems peacefully, without ever firing a shot", Pompeo said.

Six Democrats and one Independent voted to confirm Pompeo: Heitkamp, Donnelly, Manchin, McCaskill, Jones, Nelson, and King (I).

And Pompeo is expected to take a lead role in the run-up to a planned early June summit between Trump and North Korea's Kim, a meeting that could pave the path for talks leading to Pyongyang abandoning its nuclear weapons.

"With Mike Pompeo, we have a very similar thought process", Trump said after he brutally dismissed Tillerson by tweet.

He adds that Pompeo "will always put the interests of America first", and says the outgoing Central Intelligence Agency director has his full trust and support.

New U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo plans to travel to Saudi Arabia, Jordan and Israel over the weekend after a stop in Brussels for a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation meeting, the State Department said on Thursday.

Family Research Council President Tony Perkins also expressed strong hopes for Pompeo.

Mr. Pompeo was expected to be sworn in nearly immediately after the vote, after which he planned to dash to Joint Base Andrews, where a plane was waiting to fly him to Brussels on his first trip overseas as secretary of state for a meeting of North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies.

"We will only have sustainable, long-term peace if we actually make religious freedom a foreign policy priority".

NEW YORK (Press Release) - The American Jewish Committee (AJC), the global Jewish advocacy organization, congratulated Mike Pompeo on his swearing-in as Secretary of State today.

Pro-life Senators also celebrated the confirmation Thursday.

While Mr Tillerson disagreed with Mr Trump on many foreign policy matters, his replacement is a staunch Trump loyalist. I know that Mike Pompeo will serve our nation with distinction and will do an outstanding job for the American people.? Her Senate confirmation hearing is scheduled for May 9.

Present Republicans approved Pompeo. He is expected to be sworn in nearly immediately so he can begin serving as top diplomat. Trump will decide by May 12 whether to restore US economic sanctions on Tehran, which would be a severe blow to the 2015 nuclear pact between Iran and six major powers. "I look forward to working him and I am confident that he will successfully advance USA interests overseas, including the promotion of democracy, human rights, and the rule of law".

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