Senate confirms Mike Pompeo as 70th secretary of state

Secretary of State-designate Mike Pompeo speaks during the Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing on his confirmation on Capitol Hill in Washington. President Trump’s nominee for secreta

Secretary of State-designate Mike Pompeo speaks during the Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing on his confirmation on Capitol Hill in Washington. President Trump’s nominee for secreta

Pompeo, in a statement relayed by the US State Department, said he was "delighted" to serve as America's top diplomat. "I'm looking forward to serving the American people and getting to work right away". 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. He is already deeply involved in diplomacy. The CIA said she took over on Thursday as acting director while the Senate weighs whether to make it permanent. A long list of pressing issues awaits him including a decision on the Iran nuclear deal and Trump's upcoming summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

Trump applauded Pompeo's confirmation, hailing him as a "patriot" with "immense talent, energy and intellect" who will be an asset for the United States. "He has my support".

The US Senate confirmed Mike Pompeo as President Donald Trump's secretary of state on Thursday, putting the former Central Intelligence Agency director in a pivotal role to handle US foreign policy challenges such as North Korea and Iran.

Pompeo's confirmation narrowly made it out of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Monday after last-minute support from Republican Sen.

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Previously confirmed for the Central Intelligence Agency job, Pompeo was supported by all the Republican senators and by six Democrats, including several up for re-election in conservative-leaning states. John McCain who is still in Arizona battling brain cancer and was not present for the vote.

Pompeo's nomination was confirmed by the Senate earlier Thursday on a 57-42 vote.

Barely 12 hours after being sworn in, Pompeo went straight to North Atlantic Treaty Organisation headquarters yesterday to hammer home one of his boss's oldest themes - demanding that other members pay their way - as the allies sought a common front against Russian Federation.

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".

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