Pompeo Fact Checks Dem Senator On His CIA Record

Pompeo Fact Checks Dem Senator On His CIA Record

"Should I be confirmed as Secretary of State, I will execute diligent and firm diplomacy, working alongside the world's finest diplomatic service, to help our President confront the challenges and seize the opportunities of our time", Pompeo said.

Senator Menendez said Mr Trump was a "commander in chaos" whose "taunts and tweets" could lead the American people to war.

"If we do not lead the calls for democracy, prosperity and human rights around the world, who will?"

Throughout his testimony, Pompeo will reassure senators he intends to reinvigorate the State Department, fill its depleted ranks, improve morale and bring the experts there back into the policymaking process. "No other nation has the same combination of power and principled", reads the text of the speech of Pompeo.

The US Senate Foreign Relations Committee will hold a hearing to consider Pompeo's nomination as secretary of state on April 12.

Democrats on the committee questioned Pompeo, known for his hawkish views, on where he stands on major policy issues including military action in Syria, a nuclear summit with North Korea and the fate of the nuclear deal with Iran.

At the hearing, Pompeo also rejected reports that he was a hardliner or a hawk, saying that "there's no-one like someone who has served in uniform who understands the value of diplomacy and the terror and tragedy that is war".

"I'm perplexed by the nomination of people who love the Iraq War so much that they would advocate for a war with Iran next".

The remarks continue, "War is always the last resort".

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Pompeo wants to ensure the State Department is a relevant player in national security policy, a source close to him told Fox News.

While lawmakers repeatedly returned to the question of Russian Federation and the Mueller probe, there were ample questions about the myriad foreign policy challenges facing the U.S., all of which would nearly immediately demand Pompeo's attention as secretary. "What we do know is his former business partners (Sinopec) are spending more than $30,000 a month lobbying the Trump administration, and probably drooling over the idea of installing their pal as secretary of State". "I'll do my part to end the vacancies".

He'll tell the Senate that he's read Central Intelligence Agency histories of past talks with North Korea and is confident that Trump won't repeat past mistakes, according to the remarks.

Pressed on whether Trump asked him anything related to the Russian Federation probe, Pompeo said, "I don't recall what he asked me that day precisely, but, I have to tell you, I'm with the president an very bad lot".

On Iran, he'll tell senators that he will work with USA allies to fix the 2015 Iran nuclear accord, which Trump has threatened to withdraw from.

"Those are your words", Booker said to Pompeo. Trump has vowed to withdraw the USA if agreement with European allies to revamp to deal can't be reached by May 12.

If confirmed, Pompeo would replace Rex Tillerson, who was one of the shortest-serving secretaries of state.

Among the first issues Pompeo was pressed on in the hearing was whether Trump had talked to him about the Russia investigation looking into alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 United States presidential election. Tillerson had a rocky relationship with the president and clashed repeatedly with White House staff. The commander in chief has requested in-person intelligence briefings from Pompeo several times a week during his time as CIA director, and Pompeo often accompanies Trump to other meetings during the day after the briefings.

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