Senate confirms Pompeo as Trump's next secretary of state

  • Senate confirms Pompeo as Trump's next secretary of state

Senate confirms Pompeo as Trump's next secretary of state

"These concerns are beyond policy disagreements, which alone are not a basis for rejecting a nominee", Senator Robert Menendez, Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said on the Senate floor as Senators debated on the Secretary of State nomination of Pompeo.

Mr. Pompeo also managed to avoid what would have been an embarrassing rebuke on his way into the new post, as the Senate Foreign Relations Committee had seemed likely to not recommend his confirmation.

The former Central Intelligence Agency director was confirmed as Trump's secretary of state Thursday after a contentious nomination battle on a 57-42 vote. Three Democratic senators have already pledged support when his Secretary of State nomination comes to a full Senate vote.

Trump said he was "pleased" by Pompeo's confirmation, calling him a "patriot" with "immense talent, energy and intellect".

"He gave me his word that, as Secretary of State, diplomacy would always be his first priority and he would ensure that our nation continues to be a leader in protecting human rights and the dignity of all people". Details of the trip first leaked on April 17 - a week before the committee vote on Pompeo's nomination - and were confirmed by Trump the next day. Last February, Pompeo was the first senior official in the Trump administration to visit Ramallah and meet with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, as part of the administration's early attempts to build a relationship with the Palestinian leadership. "The administration is moving toward a denuclearized North Korea, and Mike Pompeo has played a critical role in those efforts". Rand Paul (R-Ky.), who had threatened to torpedo his confirmation, that he has learned important lessons from America's foreign policy blunders during the last two decades.

Certainly, the fact that Mr Trump sent Mr Pompeo to Pyongyang over Easter - where he had an apparently unplanned meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un - shows he trusts him and they are on the same page.

Dr. Kyle Kopko: It's a choice that I think his base strongly supports and detractors of President Trump will not support it. State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert said the stops were chosen to reflect their "importance as key allies and partners in the region".

Unlike Rex Tillerson, who disagreed with Trump on several issues - including the Iran Nuclear Deal - Pompeo is expected to be even more hawkish in his policies and generally fall in line with Trump's positions. As you know from your interactions with our Kansas City colleagues during your years in Congress, AJC is deeply committed to US leadership in global affairs.

Pompeo takes the helm ahead of Trump's expected decision about whether to withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal by a May 12 deadline and reimpose sanctions on Tehran. His assumption of duties allows him to attend a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation meeting Friday in Brussels, and hold bilateral talks with Turkish and Italian foreign ministers.