Pompeo Faces Tough Questioning In Secretary Of State Confirmation Hearing

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During questioning at his Senate confirmation hearing, Pompeo declined to discuss details of "private conversations" with Trump when asked if Trump had talked to him about the Russian Federation investigation, which includes probing possible collusion by Trump's campaign with Moscow.

Pompeo declined to be drawn into discussing what he had talked about with Trump, nonetheless said the president had not at all requested him to do one thing "improper".

He also said that despite his hawkish reputation, he values diplomacy. "We got rid of the enemy of Iran".

"Meetings are being set up right now between myself and Kim Jong-un. I don't think that has been disputed by Republicans or Democrats throughout an extended period of time".

While India did not figure even once in his 13-page opening testimony during his confirmation hearing, Pompeo identified China, Russia, Iran and North Korea as the major challenges. "This administration has taken a much stronger approach, a much more aggressive posture with respect to countering Iran", Pompeo said. You're going to be representing this country and their values overseas in nations where gay individuals are under untold persecution, untold violence.

But, wrapped up in Pompeo's answer is a classic Washington case of having-your-cake-and-eating-it-too-ism.

The CIA director and former Congressman said that if the deal could not be fixed and Mr Trump withdrew, he would advocate for a tougher accord.

'But the goal of the meeting is to address the nuclear threat to the United States, ' Pompeo said.

Last month, Trump dismissed Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and nominated Pompeo to become his new chief diplomat.

On this issue, Pompeo said that Trump might have the authority to order missile strikes on Syria without congressional approval.

Mr Pompeo refused to disclose to senators "private conversations" he had had with President Trump about the inquiry into alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 USA presidential election.

Pompeo did say he believes Russian Federation had interfered in the 2016 election.

During a Senate confirmation hearing Thursday, Sen.

"My instincts tell me no", Pompeo said.

Mike Pompeo further spoke about the possible firing of Special Counsel Robert Mueller or Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein by President Donald Trump. Moscow has denied the charge and Trump has denied any collusion by his campaign.

"Each of those tools that Vladimir Putin is using, we need to do our best to make sure he doesn't succeed", Pompeo said.

Booker told Pompeo that his views were concerning because "you're going to be Secretary of State of the United States at a time that we have an increasing hate speech and hate actions..."

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

But when he was asked if he would resign if Trump fires Mueller, Pompeo said he likely would not. As the briefing was wrapping up, Trump asked everyone to leave the room except for Coats and CIA Director Mike Pompeo. But many Democrats on the panel said they are concerned he might be missing a critical attribute for the job: a willingness to stand up to Trump when the situation requires it.

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