Senate Easily Confirms Mike Pompeo as Trump's Secretary of State

27 April, 2018, 01:16 | Author: Orlando Hughes
  • CIA Director Mike Pompeo delivers remarks

"Having a patriot of Mike's huge 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.

Senator Robert Menendez, the top Democrat on the foreign relations panel, said he did not think the bruising confirmation fight would leave Pompeo wounded.

ADL in a statement welcomed the appointment but urged Pompeo to keep promises he made during confirmation hearings, "including his pledge to manage affairs of state fairly and equally, defending the human rights and dignity of every USA citizen and State Department employee, and his assurances about the importance of U.S. -Israel relations, denying nuclear weapons to Iran, and promoting Middle East Peace".

The U.S. Senate approved President Donald Trump's nominee to lead the Department of State, CIA Director Mike Pompeo, in a 57-42 vote Thursday.

All Republicans voted in support of Pompeo except Senator John McCain, who is receiving treatment for brain cancer in his native Arizona.

Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito swore in Pompeo immediately following the highly-anticipated vote. Pompeo's predecessor, Rex Tillerson, never filled the congressionally mandated job and it has been empty since the launch of the Trump administration.

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Family Research Council (FRC) also celebrated Pompeo's confirmation. Today, he has my congratulations on becoming Americas 70th Secretary of State, ? he said. Rand Paul - the only Republican who had considered voting against the confirmation - didn't come around until speaking with President Trump personally. Pompeo, as Central Intelligence Agency director, traveled to Pyongyang over Easter after being nominated for secretary of state. The Democrats included several up for re-election in conservative-leaning states.

The Senate Foreign Relations Committee's top Democrat, Bob Menendez of New Jersey, said he doubted Pompeo "would be willing to push back against the president's worst instincts" on world affairs. A staunch Iran critic, Pompeo has long deplored the 2015 nuclear accord but has supported Trump's efforts to get European allies to strengthen restrictions on Iran.

AJC has been honored to work closely with the State Department throughout our history, exchanging information and consulting with USA diplomats when we travel to other lands.

"From North Korea's nuclear threats to Iran's aggression, Mike's confirmation as Secretary of State comes at a critical time for USA foreign policy", said Ed Royce (R-CA), the chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee.

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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