Mike Pompeo, President Donald Trump's pick as the next secretary of state, reiterated his opposition to same-sex marriage on Thursday during his confirmation hearing before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.
Pompeo first says that he did not "recall" whether or not Trump asked him about the probe being led by Mueller. But Pompeo refused to describe what he had said, maintaining he was at the hearing to discuss foreign policy.
Headed to be the top American diplomat in the next few week, as his nomination moves through the legislative process, Pompeo told members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee that couched in all of global challenges are opportunities.
Throughout the hearing, he drew a sharp contrast between himself and Tillerson, the former CEO of ExxonMobil who Trump unceremoniously fired last month.
In addition to military action already taken by the Trump administration against the Syrian government last April, the United States has also since at least 2013 armed and trained rebel groups committed to the toppling of Assad. "It's the last resort. I intend to achieve the president's policy by diplomacy rather than by sending our young men and women to war", he said.
"But I don't think the United States has a right to decide who should be the leader of another country", Kaine said.
Two sitting senators and former Sen.
But then, in the next sentence (!), Pompeo added this: "I'm with the President and terrible lot [and] he's never asked me to do anything that I considered remotely improper".
The tense moment came during Mike Pompeo's confirmation hearings, when Democratic Senator Corey Booker confronted the nominee about his past statements and appearances on programs that were anti-Muslim and anti-LGBT.
"You don't create a special class of people in this country based upon their religion that have a special obligation to condemn terrorist attacks?"
The foreign ministry said, in a statement carried by the state-run Korean Central News Agency (KCNA), that the comments by Pompeo prove that the ultimate goal of USA policy is regime change. "He's never asked me to do anything that I considered remotely improper".
"Senator, I couldn't tell you, I don't recall each statement I've made over 54 years", Pompeo.
He asked those on the committee to examine Pompeo's nomination on the merits alone.
"A lot of us are anxious about the combination of Pompeo and Bolton putting a set of military options on the table for the president that could do real damage to our national security", Murphy said.
There is one month until a May 12 deadline that Trump set to either address "flaws" in the 2015 agreement or withdraw from it. Pompeo said Thursday that fixing the deal is in America's best interest. At the time, Pompeo was a Republican congressman from Wichita, Kansas.
"In a couple areas, he professed he did not know the current status", Cardin said, but he went on to say Pompeo was knowledgeable about intelligence issues, and that he hasn't had much time to get up to speed.
Pompeo told lawmakers on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee that if he was confirmed he would continue the administration's work to "re-set" policy on Russian Federation - an apparent jab at the Obama administration's troubled "re-set" policy in regards to Russian Federation.
The hearing comes amid a range of pressing foreign policy questions for the United States, including how to respond to a suspected chemical attack in Syria, how to handle relations with North Korea, and how to counter various aggressions from Russian Federation.