'Hi, I'm Mike': Trump's new secretary of state confirmed

Hannah Rogers
April 30, 2018

Pompeo, who was confirmed on a 57-42 vote, was sworn in early Thursday afternoon by Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito, according to State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert.

He adds that Pompeo "will always put the interests of America first", and says the outgoing Central Intelligence Agency director has his full trust and support.

Former CIA Director, Mike Pompeo has on Thursday, been sworn in as America's 70th secretary of state after a bruising battle over his hardliner image.

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

"He's the ideal person to come in at this time and lead those efforts", Republican Senator Bob Corker, who chairs the foreign relations panel, said on the Senate floor moments before Pompeo was confirmed.

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It is very unusual for a secretary of state nominee to face such opposition.

Pompeo is a former Republican congressman from Kansas. On Monday, it appeared Pompeo would fail a vote in the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, but the panel ultimately cleared him after last-minute support from Republican Senator Rand Paul.

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". He's expected to have an easier time in the full Senate, though the tally will still likely be close.

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

Pompeo is expected to be sworn in nearly immediately.

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