Secretary of State Nominee Mike Pompeo Testifies at Senate Hearing

Randolph Lopez
April 15, 2018

Pompeo also refused to answer questions about the FBI investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 elections during the same hearing Thursday.

Throughout the hearing, he drew a sharp contrast between himself and Tillerson, the former CEO of ExxonMobil who Trump unceremoniously fired last month. "I just need to look at that and frankly turn to the professionals at the State Department to give me guidance.", Pompeo said.

Citing a news article, Menendez asked Pompeo about a meeting at the White House a year ago when the president asked the CIA director and Dan Coats, the director of national intelligence, to remain behind to speak with him.

"Senator, again I'm not going to talk about private conversations I've had with the president", Pompeo said.

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"We'd endorsed perversion and called it an alternative lifestyle", Pompeo said, referencing a sermon.

Mr Pompeo declined to say that Mr Trump should pull out of the Iran nuclear deal unilaterally and pledged to counter Russia's attempts to undermine Western democracy. "He has never asked me to do anything that I consider remotely improper".

He said he would not quit if Robert Mueller, the special counsel leading the Russian Federation investigation, was sacked by Mr Trump. 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.

"I haven't given that question any thought". "My instincts tell me my obligation to continue to serve as America's senior diplomat will be more important in times of domestic political turmoil".

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