Mike Pompeo's secretary of state confirmation hearing begin

Mike Pompeo's secretary of state confirmation hearing begin

Mike Pompeo's secretary of state confirmation hearing begin

U.S. President Donald Trump's designated secretary of state, Mike Pompeo, is due to appear at his Senate confirmation hearing on Thursday, where he will tell lawmakers in the upper chamber of Congress that years of soft policy towards Russian Federation are "now over".

Pompeo, a former Republican congressman from Kansas, has a reputation for his hawkish approach to American security.

War is always the last resort.

Pompeo will chastise Russian Federation for acting "aggressively" and emphasise the Trump administration considers Russian Federation "a danger to our country", according to excerpts of his prepared remarks obtained by the AP from a senior Trump official.

Melendez began by citing a report from 2017 which said that Trump asked Pompeo and Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats to personally interfere with former FBI Director James Comey's investigation into Michael Flynn.

"Iran, meanwhile, has been on the march and has paid too low a price for its unsafe behavior", Pompeo said, adding that the US must "must deal with the long-term risk" of possible Iranian nuclear proliferation. In his hearing, Pompeo later said, "I deeply believe that LGBTQ persons have every right that every other person in the world would have".

Pompeo also can count on questions on his character and his .

In his remarks, Pompeo will signal a harder line toward Moscow, while also delving into USA foreign policy challenges on North Korea, Iran and China, according to excerpts of his opening statement released in advance by the White House. "President Trump isn't one to play games at the negotiating table - and I won't be either. Your views do matter", the senator said.

"Russia continues to act aggressively, enabled by years of soft policy toward that aggression". Pompeo would not say especially if he would recommend a withdrawal if there is absolutely no cure by Trump's might 12 deadline, implying there would possibly be a extension if considerable progress was being made by then.

Pompeo reiterated that contention when asked by Sen.

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His remarks touch on the biggest foreign policy issues faced by the USA, a reflection of how many daunting challenges the administration faces.

Pompeo will also face questions about how the United States should handle North Korea.

Pompeo highlighted his aim of bringing new energy to the State Department, which suffered from high vacancies and low morale under Rex Tillerson, whose firing Trump announced in a tweet last month. Menendez pressed. "Will you stand up to President Trump to say "no" or will you be a "yes" man?"

The Senate Foreign Relations Committee, which will be questioning Pompeo, is aware of his role with the company and expects him to be able to explain during the hearing "exactly what financial entanglement he had with the Chinese government and why he failed to disclose it", says Juan Panchon, communications director for Sen.

"As our nation's top diplomat, will you champion diplomacy and offer actual plans?" Because it's what you said here, in one of your speeches.

When asked if Mueller's termination would cause him to consider leaving the State Department, Pompeo said: "My instincts tell me no".

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.

Mr Pompeo also told senators he would not resign as secretary of state if Mr Trump were to sack Mr Mueller.

The hearing - briefly interrupted by protesters chanting, "No more war, no Pompeo!" - gave lawmakers a rare chance to grill a top Trump official on some of the president's most controversial foreign-policy measures.

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