Senate confirms Mike Pompeo as 70th secretary of state

Mike Pompeo and Richard Grenell

The US Senate voted on Thursday, April 26 to approve former Central Intelligence Agency director Mike Pompeo as Secretary of State after a bruising battle by Democrats against President Donald Trump's nominee.

President Donald Trump applauded the confirmation of his former Central Intelligence Agency director as secretary of state, calling him a "patriot".

Furthermore, Sanders released the photographs of the meeting between then-CIA Director Mike Pompeo and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un which the White House press secretary wrote took place during the "Easter weekend trip".

In the run-up to Pompeo's confirmation, his backers emphasized his resume as a West Point and Harvard Law School graduate and former congressman who enjoys a close relationship with Trump.

Pompeo on Thursday secured the votes of 57 senators, with 42 voting no and one senator absent. State Department staffers, demoralised after a tumultuous first year of President Donald Trump's administration, gave a round of applause to Pompeo, who responded as he boarded the aircraft with a casual, "Hi, I'm Mike". He was confirmed by the full Senate in a 66-32 vote at the time.

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Two other teenagers were killed by flooding in Israel on Wednesday, Haaretz also said. Heavy downpours can cause flash floods to roar down the riverbed.

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".

Every Republican supported his confirmation, with the exception of Sen.

While in Congress, Pompeo was an outspoken opponent of the Iran nuclear accord.

The State Department immediately announced Pompeo would lead the U.S. delegation to North Atlantic Treaty Organisation foreign minister talks in Brussels on Friday, and follow that with stops in Israel, Jordan and Saudi Arabia, stops chosen to reflect their "importance as key allies and partners in the region", the department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said.

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