Mike Pompeo's totally nonsensical answer about his meeting with Donald Trump

13 April, 2018, 06:14 | Author: Bert Pena
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Sen. Menendez insisted that President Trump refuses to issue a "robust response" to the Russian threat, stressing the administration has failed to impose congressionally-mandated sanctions on Russia for the Moscow's attack on USA elections.

By contrast, committee chairman Sen.

To prepare for his confirmation hearing, Pompeo sought the advice of previous secretaries of state - including Hillary Clinton and John Kerry.

While senators on both sides of the aisle queried Pompeo about his views on the Iranian nuclear deal, the rise of China as a geopolitical force, the threat posed by North Korea, and the relationship between the USA and Russian Federation, there were few direct confrontations over Pompeo's own record. Sen.

After the 2013 Boston marathon bombing, Pompeo - who was a congressman at the time - erroneously accused Muslim-American leaders of being "complicit" in militant attacks. Bob Corker on Capitol Hill in Washington, March 19, 2018. Pompeo answered that every individual has a "special obligation" to push back against such attacks.

President Donald Trump's pick to become Washington's top diplomat pledged on Thursday to work with USA allies to "fix" the Iran deal. Pompeo also said to U.S. Sen. Cardin simply responded: "No". We need a secretary of state with a steady hand who fully embraces the important role for diplomacy in our national security.

After referring to a quote Pompeo had made about LGBT people, Sen.

In a 2015 speech at a church, Pompeo mused that in America, people "worshiped other gods and called it multiculturalism and endorsed perversion and called it an alternative lifestyle".

Pompeo has also promised to rebuild the State Department, which has found itself sidelined in foreign policy decisions under the Trump administration and been gutted by the departure of senior diplomats.

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Paul, an outspoken critic of USA military involvement in the Middle East, appeared on Fox News on Thursday to express his views of Pompeo after a confirmation hearing in Congress to determine whether he will be approved to take over as secretary of state following Rex Tillerson's ouster last month.

Democratic senators focused on whether Pompeo would avoid unnecessary wars and whether he is willing to be a voice of dissent when needed. Republicans really only have one.

And as head of the Central Intelligence Agency, he has already been vetted by the US Senate, where 14 Democrats joined Republicans in confirming him to that post.

The date for the vote in the full Senate has not been set but is likely in the coming weeks. It's unclear at this time if Pompeo even has the votes to clear the 21-member panel since Paul, as a member of the committee, is a "no".

But, if confirmed, Mr Pompeo would still face an uphill task of connecting with some state department officials, who found his opening testimony superficially appealing and worry about his commitment to reviving a much-depleted state department.

Pompeo said he would moreover prioritize filling what he described as "demoralizing" vacancies that festered under former Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, whom Trump fired last month.

Trump ousted Tillerson thanks to a fraught relationship further marred by disagreements on major foreign policy issues involving Iran, North Korea, climate and trade, as well as reports that Tillerson had called the president a "moron".

That cuts against Trump's efforts to use attrition to erode the bureaucracy, and it's not the only point in which Pompeo and Trump may not be on the same page.

While serving as CIA director, Trump requested Pompeo to give him his intelligence briefings in person multiple times per week.

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