Pompeo won't say whether he has discussed Mueller probe with Trump

Pompeo won't say whether he has discussed Mueller probe with Trump

Pompeo won't say whether he has discussed Mueller probe with Trump

Early in Mike Pompeo's confirmation hearing as Secretary of State on Thursday, this exchange happened between the current Central Intelligence Agency director and New Jersey Democratic Sen.

Chairman Bob Corker, R-Tenn., said beforehand that so far he's impressed by Pompeo.

The Senate is widely expected to confirm Pompeo, but the final vote could be a nail-biter. Sen.

Trump said Thursday that Pompeo "will be a great Secretary of State!" As the briefing was wrapping up, Trump asked everyone to leave the room except for Coats and CIA Director Mike Pompeo. Pat Roberts' opening statement.

"Even after May 12, there's still much diplomatic work to be done", Pompeo noted.

Code Pink protesters interrupted the hearing, denouncing what they said was Mr. Pompeo's support for war. Haley had a tense relationship with Tillerson.

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"Senator, when I was a politician, I had a very clear view on whether it was appropriate for two same-sex persons to marry", Pompeo answered.

Separately, Trump on Thursday commended China for helping set up a meeting with Kim, a process that is ongoing. "There are few who dread war more than those of us who have served in uniform".

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". The Left's Russian collusion conspiracy will not end with President Trump.

Pompeo faced questions on Iran, Syria and North Korea and the Paris climate accord as lawmakers put him on the spot.

Pompeo went on to list all the actions the Trump administration has taken against Russia, including confirming that US forces killed over a hundred Russians in Syria.

As a congressman, Pompeo was a fierce critic of the deal, and his nomination - along with this week's appointment of arch-hawk John Bolton as Trump's national security adviser - has sharpened concerns that Washington may abandon the pact.

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At a campaign-rally-style speech in OH before spring break, Trump vowed "we'll be coming out of Syria, like, very soon" as the USA will "let the other people take care of it now".

But Pompeo said he likely would not resign in protest if Trump fired Mueller or Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who is overseeing the investigation. "The State Department has successfully rallied the world to cut ties and impose sanctions that have had a profound impact", he said.

Citing the USA withdrawal from the Paris climate accord and weakened relations with many European countries, Burns added, "Can we lead in a demonstrative way to reinforce alliances?"

U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley is observing Mike Pompeo's confirmation hearing to be secretary of state.

The president has not publicly pushed the prospect of pullout since Assad's weekend gas attack on civilians in Douma, which killed dozens. Many jobs remain unfilled, with lower-level officials temporarily filling them. The Secret Service is reportedly planning to buy at least six GrayKey boxes, and the State Department has apparently already purchased the tool.

Both France's President Emmanuel Macron and Germany's Chancellor Angela Merkel are due to visit Washington on separate official visits before May 12, in part to lobby Trump to preserve a deal they see as the best way to stop Tehran getting the bomb. If he gets through, he has the potential to rebuild the State Department.

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