Senators Urge Secretary of State Pick to Avoid Trump's 'Worst Instincts'

Mike Pompeo

Pompeo, who has been nominated by President Donald Trump for the position of Secretary of State after the ousting of Rex Tillerson, will attend the Senate confirmation hearing on April. 12, 2018.

"We expect Director Pompeo to be able to explain exactly what financial entanglement he had with the Chinese government and why he failed to disclose it", Juan Pachon, the committee's communications director, told McClatchy.

Among the first issues Pompeo was pressed on in the hearing was whether Trump had talked to him about the Russia investigation looking into alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 USA presidential election. "United opposition from Senate Dems can block him from Trump's War Cabinet".

Unlike his predecessor, Pompeo has developed a reputation for having the president's ear, thanks to strong personal chemistry.

Pompeo's main aim Thursday is always to persuade senators which he intends to strengthen the State Department and re-establish its relevance as a primary participant in federal security policy, said that the man, who was not authorized to remark by identify and asked ideology.

But many diplomats have privately voiced apprehension about Pompeo's history of sometimes hostile comments toward the gay community and Islam and his fierce criticism of the Obama administration's handling of the aftermath of the Benghazi attacks. "We'd endorsed perversion and called it an alternative lifestyle", Pompeo said.

Numerous concerns have been raised about Mike Pompeo, President Trump's nominee for secretary of state. "You should know I treated them with the exact same set of rights", he said.

"I treat each and everyone of our officers with respect", Pompeo told Shaheen.

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Senator Menendez said Mr Trump was a "commander in chaos" whose "taunts and tweets" could lead the American people to war. "I think the debate over whether or not America is a country in favor of torture or not is an important one", Paul said in March in opposing the candidacy of Pompeo and Central Intelligence Agency director nominee Gina Haspel.

Trump in the coming weeks is also expected to meet with North Korean President Kim Jong-un, who is under pressure to end his country's nuclear weapons program. "When it comes to making sure that we don't have terrorist brewing in places where Muslims congregate, there's a special place, right?"

Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., has vowed to oppose Pompeo's nomination. "I've been involved in that investigation", Pompeo said.

"If you believe that, (Putin's) goal is to regain and maintain his power.to maintain not only his capability, his enormous nuclear arsenal, but also to maintain the perception that he has that", Pompeo said.

As Pompeo attempted to insist during his opening statement during Thursday's hearing that he is not, in fact, a hawk-contradicting his lengthy record of calling for regime change in North Korea and Iran-more than 180 advocacy groups nationwide urged Americans to keep up the pressure on Democratic senators to stop his confirmation.

Very few nominations have proceeded without approval from committees, but chamber rules make it possible that the full Senate can still vote on Pompeo's confirmation should he receive an unfavorable recommendation or no recommendation at all.

Pompeo said he continues to believe gay people should not be allowed to get married.

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