Pompeo 'humbled' to serve as secretary of state

Mike Pompeo confirmed as Donald Trump's secretary of state

Breaking: Pompeo breezes to confirmation, 57-42

On Thursday, the U.S. Senate confirmed Mike Pompeo, the former Central Intelligence Agency director and a former congressman from Kansas, as U.S. Secretary of State.

You can make the case that in a foreign policy apparatus led by Trump and at least partially steered by John Bolton, Pompeo looks a whole lot less unsafe than he might have appeared in a normal Republican administration. He met with Kim ahead of the planned summit with Trump, expected in late May or June.

White House Press Secretary then released the photos on Twitter saying, "Great to have Secretary Pompeo confirmed".

Pompeo picked those three Middle East stops "because of all that is going on", State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert told reporters.

Behind the scenes, he made numerous trips overseas to meet foreign political and security leaders, especially in the Middle East.

Pompeo's nomination was confirmed by the Senate earlier Thursday on a 57-42 vote. 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 Sen. No Republican voted no.

His new agenda will include addressing a wide array of worldwide challenges, including long conflicts in Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan, Chinese expansionism in Asia and Russian assertiveness.

Washington is working with European allies such as French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel on the possibility of toughening the nuclear agreement with Iran.

"One of the many values of robust diplomacy is that it increases our chances of solving problems peacefully, without ever firing a shot", Pompeo said.

In a statement, Trump applauded his new secretary of state as someone who "will always put the interests of America first". FRC previously endorsed Pompeo's congressional re-election bid in 2014.

Montana Republican Steve Daines said Pompeo already proved his worth as part of an administration that helped engineer what could prove to be a historic diplomatic opening.

Pompeo's opponents had warned that his hawkish foreign policy views and negative comments about gay marriage and Muslims made him ill-equipped to serve as a diplomat or to represent the United States on the world stage. He got 56 yes votes.

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