Mike Pompeo says publicly for first time he's been questioned by Mueller

13 April, 2018, 06:15 | Author: Jason Torres
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If confirmed, Mike Pompeo will serve as the next secretary of State for the United States as risky crises loom with Russia, North Korea and Iran.

Pompeo said he would like to see the nuclear pact tightened against Tehran but also said he could see President Trump sticking with it if the US and its European allies come "close" to an agreement to strengthen in by the May 12 deadline. In his opening statement, Pompeo signaled that he planned to harvest a forceful diplomacy.

Mr Pompeo said Iran was "on the march and has paid too low a price for its unsafe behaviour".

Code Pink protesters interrupted the hearing, denouncing what they said was Mr. Pompeo's support for war.

Based on his testimony before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, here are the top takeaways from Pompeo on key challenges facing the United States. "That we have done it in the past doesn't make it constitutional", Paul said, picking up on the earlier exchange between Pompeo and Kaine. The president said that he will not extend the waivers unless the European partners in the deal "fix" it.

Under persistent questioning, Pompeo said that he had spoken to Robert Mueller, the special counsel investigating Russia's meddling in the 2016 election. He pledged to be in regular contact and work well with the committee - something former secretary of State, Rex W. Tillerson, was not known for during his brief term. "Because that's what you said here in one of your speeches".

"My instincts tell me no", Pompeo said about possibly resigning.

"It depends, clearly, if we're close", Pompeo said.

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"President Trump's unsafe and erratic tweets and saber-rattling threaten to bring us closer to war and undermine our leadership on the world stage".

Booker also questioned Pompeo's relationship with anti-Muslim figures such as Frank Gaffeney and Bridgette Gabriel.

Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J., questions Mike Pompeo at a Senate confirmation hearing April 12, 2018.

WASHINGTON ― Central Intelligence Agency Director Mike Pompeo, who is President Donald Trump's pick to be the nation's next secretary of state, says that he still opposes gay marriage. "My respect for every individual regardless of the sexual orientation is the same and will remain so if I'm confirmed". "That's now over. The list of this administration's actions to raise the cost for (Russian President) Vladimir Putin is long".

"They have really been a great help to us at the border with North Korea", Trump said of China. Mr Trump has said he will abandon the accord by May 12th, if his team can not fix what Mr Pompeo described as its "most egregious flaws".

One of the few attempts at forcing Pompeo to explain himself was made by Sen.

"If there's no chance that we can fix it, I will recommend to the president that we work with our allies to achieve a better outcome and to achieve a better deal", Pompeo said. Pompeo affirmed that North Korea does present the biggest threat and later told Gardner that the proliferation of North Korean nuclear technology is an "enormous threat". Pompeo will face a battery of questions not only on matters of diplomacy, but also on whether he is willing to stand up to the president.

While Mr Pompeo will likely be confirmed by the full Senate if his hearing goes well, he could be the first nominee to be secretary of state not to be approved by the foreign relations committee, where the Republicans have just an 11-10 majority.

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