Secretary of state nominee Mike Pompeo grilled about closeness to Trump

Secretary of state nominee Mike Pompeo grilled about closeness to Trump

Pompeo, who maintains a close relationship with Trump, did distinguish himself from the president slightly while talking about Russian Federation. "He's never asked me to do anything that I considered remotely improper". Bob Menendez, who asked about the investigation, during his confirmation hearing. Tillerson and the president clashed over several issues, particularly the Iran nuclear deal, on which Trump and Pompeo are more closely ideologically aligned. Pat Roberts' opening statement.

The interruptions come as Pompeo's hearing to be top diplomat gets underway.

Since getting nominated past month, Pompeo has spent much of his time in the State Department immersing himself at briefing novels and undergoing mock hearings and prep meetings on key topics like Iran, Syria and North Korea, and the innerworkings of this State Department, a individual close to Pompeo explained.

Democrats have been quick to point out that his former role as the nation's top spy is notably different from what would be required of him as the nation's top diplomat.

Haley and Tillerson famously clashed throughout their overlap.

Pompeo: Senator, I don't recall I don't recall what he asked me that day precisely, but I have to tell you, I'm with the president an bad lot. Later, he said he did not recall what was discussed at the meeting. "I know I'm serving a president who feels the same way".

"My connection with President Trump is because to one issue: we've revealed value to him in the Central Intelligence Agency".

No "final decision" yet on Syria response, White House says
Asked on Monday after the Federal Bureau of Investigation raids if he would fire Mueller, Trump replied, "We'll see what happens". As so often in these turbulent days here in Washington , Trump's tweets serve to confuse the issue.

Trump's Secretary of State nominee made the comments when pressed by Sen.

"Senator, that is correct", Pompeo replied.

Menendez also questioned whether Pompeo would exert any independence "after a almost a year and a half of reckoning with President Trump's erratic approach to foreign policy, which has left our allies confused and our adversaries emboldened". The February attack by US special forces - acknowledged at the time by Russian and Syrian officials but until now unconfirmed by the USA - targeted pro-government Syrian forces who were working alongside Russian mercenaries.

As a congressman, Pompeo was a fierce critic of the deal, and his nomination - along with this week's appointment of arch-hawk John Bolton as Trump's national security adviser - has sharpened concerns that Washington may abandon the pact.

Pompeo said he's optimistic the U.S.

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 United States presidential election.

Some senators are planning to ask Pompeo about his stated skepticism about climate change and opposition to the Paris climate agreement. 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. "Vladimir Putin has not yet received the message sufficiently and we need to continue to work at that", Pompeo said. "The State Department has successfully rallied the world to cut ties and impose sanctions that have had a profound impact", he said.

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