'Hi, I'm Mike': Trump's new secretary of state confirmed

30 April, 2018, 11:51 | Author: Mable Gonzales
  • Mike Pompeo may speak like a tea party tub-thumper but he deserves a chance

Pompeo then rushed to the Supreme Court for his swearing in, and then to Joint Base Andrews, where he departed to Brussels for his first official trip as secretary of state.

Former CIA Director, Mike Pompeo has on Thursday, been sworn in as America's 70th secretary of state after a bruising battle over his hardliner image.

Every Republican supported his confirmation, with the exception of Sen.

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

The approval came in time for Pompeo to lead the US delegation to NATO foreign minister talks in Brussels this weekend and to arrange a summit between Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un in the coming months.

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Six Democrats and one Independent voted to confirm Pompeo: Heitkamp, Donnelly, Manchin, McCaskill, Jones, Nelson, and King (I).

Pompeo's nomination was confirmed by the Senate earlier Thursday on a 57-42 vote. Pompeo travelled to Pyongyang over Easter after being nominated for secretary of state and met with Kim ahead of the planned summit with Trump, expected in late May or June.

Trump says, "Having a patriot of Mike's vast talent, energy, and intellect leading the Department of State will be an incredible asset for our country at this critical time in history".

Welcoming Pompeo to the Nato headquarters, Nato Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg spoke of the need to adapt the 29-member Western alliance "to a more demanding security environment". He was confirmed by the full Senate in a 66-32 vote at the time.

Pompeo will arrive in the region ahead of a series of events that could potentially plunge it into deeper disarray, including the Iran deal decision and the relocation of the USA embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

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