Verbatim: Rep. Messer Issues Statement on Pompeo Confirmation

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

Verbatim: Rep. Messer Issues Statement on Pompeo Confirmation

Advocates for businesses tied to USA travel applauded President Donald Trump's pick to be the next secretary of state, Mike Pompeo, after he was confirmed by the Senate April 26, but said they expect him to keep to positions he testified he supported.

According to the report, Democrats who confirmed Pompeo included Joe Donnelly of Indiana, Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota, Doug Jones of Alabama, Joe Manchin of West Virginia, Claire McCaskill of Missouri and Bill Nelson of Florida, as well as Sen.

Mike Pompeo takes the oath from Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito, right, in Washington on April 26.

With Pompeo running the show at Foggy Bottom, it seems less likely that the State Department will be an effective check on Trump's urge to withdraw America from the Iran deal. "He has my trust".

The Senate Foreign Relations Committee's top Democrat, Bob Menendez of New Jersey, said he doubted Pompeo "would be willing to push back against the president's worst instincts" on world affairs.

Mr Trump said: "He wasn't supposed to meet with Kim Jong-un but he did". His assumption of duties allows him to attend a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation meeting Friday in Brussels, and hold bilateral talks with Turkish and Italian foreign ministers.

Past secretaries of state, including Condoleezza Rice, John Kerry, and Hillary Clinton have breezed through their respective confirmations. Pompeo will now replace Rex Tillerson at State but the opposition to his appointment was both unprecedented and shameful.

The White House tweeted the pictures following Pompeo's confirmation as Secretary of State on Thursday. Democrats had robustly opposed his nomination over remarks Pompeo made as a Kansas congressman that appeared to generalize about Muslims and terrorism, as well as his hawkish position on Iran, which closely mirrors that of President Donald Trump.

"I am completely humbled by the responsibility and looking forward to serving the American people and getting to work right away", Pompeo said. Pompeo was confirmed in a highly partisan 57 - 42 vote.

Senator Ben Cardin, a senior Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said that attitude, and Pompeo's backing for Washington's withdrawal from the nuclear agreement if it can not be changed, were among reasons he opposed him.

A long list of pressing issues awaits him, including a decision on the Iran nuclear deal, Trump's upcoming summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and ongoing disagreements in the White House about the future USA role in Syria.

In this image released by the White House, then-CIA director Mike Pompeo shakes hands with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Pyongyang, North Korea. Pompeo's first stop is a 24-hour visit to Brussels, where he will meet with NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg and attend the NATO Foreign Ministerial.

Pompeo has led preparations for what will be the first U.S.

Pompeo has said he will start traveling overseas immediately.

Pompeo's confirmation also comes at a crucial time for decisions about the Iran deal.

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