Throughout the hearing, he drew a sharp contrast between himself and Tillerson, the former CEO of ExxonMobil who Trump unceremoniously fired last month.
He cast his close connection to Trump as an advantage that would help him restore the significance of the department. "So, in turn, he has come to rely on us", Pompeo said. Now the duties of the Secretary of state takes the first Deputy head of the diplomatic Department John Sullivan.
Pompeo never answered the question. Do you believe that gay sex is a perversion?' If Pompeo doesn't seem to believe Americans are equal, how will he treat citizens of other nations overseas?More news: Driver in California Plunge That Killed Family Was Drunk, Officials Say
An avowed opponent of the Iran nuclear deal, Pompeo said he'd work immediately if confirmed to "fix" the agreement that Trump has threatened to abandon if it's not strengthened. He then said he couldn't recall exactly what was discussed at that meeting. Still, he affirmed that he won't support staying in over the long term unless more restrictions are placed on Tehran.
Menendez asked Pompeo about a Washington Post story from a year ago claiming Mr. Trump wanted his top officials to intervene, during a conversation about Russian Federation and the FBI's investigation.
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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".
"You're going to be dealing with Muslim states, and with Muslim issues, and I do not necessarily concur that you are [advancing] the values of our nation when you believe there are people in our country that are perverse, and when you think that you create different categories of Americans and their obligations when it comes to condemning violence", Booker said.More news: Putin Urges Netanyahu to Avoid Actions That Destabilize Syria's Sovereignty