Senate Holds Confirmation Hearing For Mike Pompeo To Be Secretary Of State

As crises swirl US Senate to grill Pompeo for secretary of state

13 March the US President dismissed the former head of the US State Department Rex Tillerson. The CIA chief told senators that he has been miscast as a "hawk" despite previous comments savaging the Iran accord and hinting at regime change in North Korea. Pompeo suggested he did not share all the president's views - including his skepticism about Russia's interference.

Sen. Cory Booker of New Jersey pushed hard on secretary of state nominee Mike Pompeo over his alleged anti-gay views. "I mean, look at the election meddling, right?" said Pompeo. Lawmakers are concerned the president may seek Mueller's ouster to try to shut down the investigation, and the White House has said it believes Trump does have the authority to fire him if desired.

When questioned about this remark, Pompeo waffled, attempting to say his views on gay marriage haven't changed, and mentioned that he didn't discriminate against "married gay couples" while serving as head of the Central Intelligence Agency.

Pompeo never answered the question.

Asked whether he agrees with President Donald Trump that the probe is a "witch hunt", Pompeo declined to offer his opinion. If Pompeo doesn't seem to believe Americans are equal, how will he treat citizens of other nations overseas? He then said he couldn't recall exactly what was discussed at that meeting.

Twitter users have responded to Pompeo's suggestion that Russian Federation is not exceptional, compared to the US.

"I'm not going to talk about conversations the president and I had", Pompeo replied, adding that Trump should be able to have private conversations with his top aides.

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