Rand Paul Grills Mike Pompeo on Syria, Foreign Entanglements

Rand Paul Grills Mike Pompeo on Syria, Foreign Entanglements

CIA Director Mike Pompeo, picked to be the next secretary of state, listens during his introductions before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee during a confirmation hearing on Thursday, April 12, 2018, on Capitol Hill in Washington.

Paul noted that Pompeo earlier in the hearing, in responding to a question about the constitutionality of ordering military actions without congressional authorization, had said presidents have done so in the past. "I take objection to the idea that the president can go to war where he wants, when he wants". Johnny Iskason (R-Ga.) ended a long non-question by inviting Pompeo to "feel free to brag about yourself". U.S. Sen. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) in a statement announced his opposition to Pompeo, citing his positions on a host of issues that include the deal with Iran over its nuclear program and torture. "President Trump isn't one to play games at the negotiating table, and I won't be either". And behind the scenes, Pompeo has been working to lock down support from moderate Democrats, including ones in tough races, to push him through on the floor.

"Russia continues to act aggressively, enabled by years of soft policy towards that aggression", he said.

Pompeo said that much work is being done to prepare for the meeting and that the goal "is to develop an agreement with the North Korean leadership such that they will step away from its efforts to hold the U.S.at risk, completely and verifiably". "A couple hundred Russians were killed".

"With this oath, I would commit to defend the exceptionalism enshrined in our Constitution, which provides for our obligation to engage in diplomacy and model the very best of America to the world", he told lawmakers. "I don't recall what he asked me that day precisely", Pompeo said.

The current CIA Director Mike Pompeo says he has never advocated for regime change in North Korea.

Trump announced in a tweet last month that Rex Tillerson was sacked as secretary of state and that Pompeo would be his nominee to replace him. But the nominee stumbled - badly - under a cleverly prepared series of questions from the New Jersey Democrat.

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With the meeting with Kim approaching, Trump wanted a secretary of state in lockstep with him, and found that in Pompeo.

"As our nation's top diplomat, will you champion diplomacy and offer actual plans?"

On the listening to, Pompeo moreover rejected experiences that he was a hardliner or a hawk, saying that "there's no one like any individual who has served in uniform who understands the price of diplomacy and the worry and tragedy that is warfare". "Or will you be a yes man?"

The president then started complaining about the FBI investigation and [then FBI Director James] Comey's handling of it, said officials familiar with the account Coats gave to associates.

"Pompeo declined to discuss any of the investigations he has an active role in".

With Pompeo in the position of now leading the Central Intelligence Agency, but likely taking the helm of the State Department, it's been the top spy's team that has made preparations for the summit, between Trump and the North Korean leader. Pompeo defended his record, promising he will treat people of all faiths "with the dignity and respect that they deserve".

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