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Pompeo confirmed as USA secretary of state

27 April 2018, 12:09 | Myrtle Vega

US gets new Secretary of State

US Senate confirms CIA director Mike Pompeo as Trump's secretary of state

Even before his confirmation on April 26, the former Central Intelligence Agency director was already involved in US diplomacy, although it will be his first meeting as the top USA diplomat with his counterparts in Europe.

State department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said on Twitter that Mr Pompeo told her he is "delighted to be Secretary of State, completely humbled by the responsibility and looking forward to getting to work".

"Now that [Pompeo] has been confirmed by the U.S. Senate, LGBTQ people around the world will need him to stand up for LGBTQ human rights".

Pompeo's nomination for secretary of state was approved on a 57-42 vote which was narrower than usual for the top cabinet and diplomatic post.

Michael Pompeo became the new Secretary of state of the United States.

Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito swore Pompeo in Thursday afternoon at the Supreme Court.

The secretary of State is scheduled to meet with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson, German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas, and French Political Director Nicolas de Riviere during his visit to Belgium.

Trump says, "Having a patriot of Mike's vast talent, energy, and intellect leading the Department of State will be an incredible asset for our country at this critical time in history".

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Soon Pompeo will be sworn in.

Senator Ben Cardin, a senior Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said that attitude, and Pompeo's backing for Washington's withdrawal from the nuclear agreement if it can not be changed, were among reasons he opposed him.

White House press secretary Sarah Sanders tweeted out two remarkable photos of Pompeo and Kim, which show the two unsmiling representatives of their country, both in dark suits, firmly gripping the other's hand in an ornate room in an undisclosed part of North Korea.

Bishop describes were talk with Pompeo as "very productive".

But where Tillerson was seen as a voice of moderation in the Trump administration, Pompeo is viewed as a hawk who could combine with new White House National Security Advisor John Bolton to back Trump's aggressive posturing on the world stage.

He has said that among his first tasks would be to fill the many positions at the State Department left vacant under his predecessor, Rex Tillerson, a former oil executive who was Trump's first secretary of state.

With the nomination assured, Rand Paul dropped his token opposition and announced that he too would vote to confirm.

In late May or early June, Trump is to hold the summit meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, which was prepared by Pompeo's secret visit to Pyongyang earlier this month.

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