Published: Fri, April 27, 2018
World | By Camille Rivera

Installing Your New Secretary of State

Installing Your New Secretary of State

US Senate on Thursday confirmed Michael Pompeo to be the 70th Secretary of State.

Rep. Roger Marshall (R-KS) says obstruction in the Senate has delayed Pompeo's confirmation.

Opponents also anxious that Pompeo was too hawkish, and said his past remarks about homosexuals and Islam made him unsuitable to represent the United States on the world stage.

Earlier this week, Sen.

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Mr Pompeo will be forced quickly to address a wide array of other worldwide challenges, including long conflicts in Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan, Chinese expansionism in Asia and Russian assertiveness.

Pompeo was expected to be sworn into the key cabinet post later Thursday.

Pompeo, a former Republican congressman from Kansas, replaces Rex Tillerson, the oil executive who was ousted by Trump last month. He got 56 yes votes. But Mike Pompeo is deeply embedded with the Koch Brothers and the fossil fuel industry.

Gaveling in the Senate's Foreign Relations Committee on Monday, Chairman Bob Corker, a Tennessee Republican, apologized for the late start, but noted a few "entrepreneurial" things had occurred in the moments before the hearing, an apparent reference to the timing of Paul's change of vote.

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McCaskill, who is also among the Democrats most targeted by Republicans, cast votes in support of Pompeo as she had for his Central Intelligence Agency job.

"The campaign has reached and mobilized more than 100,000 pro-life activists, generating thousands of constituent phone calls and tweets", the pro-life organization added. For the thousands of young Italian-Americans the Columbus Citizens Foundation supports through educational scholarships, this confirmation is a reflection of the promises that America holds for us all. "We are doing very well with North Korea (the DPRK)". If Trump withdraws from the agreement and Iran responds in kind, long-time advocates of military action against Iran, like Pompeo and Bolton, will see their arguments for war pick up steam in a renewed cycle of escalation of their own making.

Pompeo's trip was aimed at laying the groundwork for direct talks between the leaders of the two countries.

Within hours of his landing in Europe, he will preside over a breakfast meeting at North Atlantic Treaty Organisation headquarters to discuss new measures to counter an increasingly aggressive Russian president, Vladimir V. Putin, who USA intelligence officials say has ordered the annexation of Crimea, intervention in Ukraine, the hacking of the American election in 2016 and murders or attempted murders of countless rivals, including a former Russian spy living in Britain. Our nation needs a leader at the State Department who will put diplomacy first, defend our interests, strengthen our alliances, help keep our service members out of harm's way, and work toward a more peaceful and stable world.

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