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Mike Pompeo sworn in as 70th US Secretary of State

27 April 2018

"Great to have Secretary Pompeo confirmed", Sanders wrote.

Senators in the Republican-controlled chamber voted 57-42 in favour of Pompeo, who had faced resistance from Democrats anxious about his reputation for hawkishness and past harsh statements about homosexuality and Islam.

The Senate has narrowly confirmed Mike Pompeo to be secretary of state.

Just after Pompeo's vote, the Senate is expected to vote on Richard Grenell to be the next Ambassador to Germany. "The work that's being done here today is invaluable, and our objectives are important, and this mission means a lot to the United States of America". Pompeo was previously serving as the Central Intelligence Agency director. "He has my support". "Kansans are proud to have Mike Pompeo serve as Secretary of State, and I look forward to working with him to advance America's interests around the globe".

Pompeo is to meet with Saudi King Salman, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu an Jordanian King Abdullah, Nauert said.

Pompeo is "the flawless person to come in at this time and lead those efforts" on North Korea, Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Corker, R-Tenn., said on the Senate floor moments before Pompeo was confirmed. While Republican lawmakers were united behind Pompeo, most Democrats bemoaned what they saw as the nominee's history of warmongering rhetoric and antipathy to Muslims and gay people.

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Pompeo replaces Rex Tillerson, who was sacked last month by Trump. Tillerson also clashed with the professional staff of the department, who felt marginalized under his leadership.

Moments later, the State Department announced his maiden foreign travel.

He will have his hands full filling crucial jobs. "The relationship has been very good and that's what I need as Secretary of State".

Pompeo is expected to be sworn in nearly immediately.

President Donald Trump fired his first Secretary of State Rex Tillerson in a Twitter message in March.

Some will be looking for a return to daily media briefings. He inherits a State Department that has lost relevance under Trump and a diplomatic corps deeply dispirited by the tenure of Tillerson.

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The State Department immediately announced Pompeo would lead the USA delegation to North Atlantic Treaty Organisation foreign minister talks in Brussels on Friday, April 27, 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. The Brussels leg is to meet at North Atlantic Treaty Organisation headquarters with the 28 foreign ministers.

Speaking on the tarmac of Joint Base Andrews in front of the secretary's government jet as he arrived from his Supreme Court swearing-in, Heather Nauert said the stops were chosen to reflect their "importance as key allies and partners in the region".

One of the things Pompeo is expected to do within his first 10 days at the helm, Atwood reports, is host a town hall with State Department employees.

CIA Director Mike Pompeo with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in early April 2018.

Pompeo said during his confirmation hearing he was open to fixing, rather than blowing apart, the pact, which the West believes is essential to preventing Iran from getting a nuclear bomb.

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Mike Pompeo sworn in as 70th US Secretary of State