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Pompeo vows to make State Department as central as the CIA
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Pompeo vows to make State Department as central as the CIA

WASHINGTON (AP) — Mike Pompeo, the former congressman-turned-CIA director chosen to be secretary of state vowed Thursday to make the State Department as central to national security decisions as the CIA, drawing a sharp contrast with his ousted predecessor, Rex Tillerson. In his Senate confirmation hearing, Pompeo lamented the "demoralizing" vacancies at the top echelons…

Pompeo to signal tough line on Moscow in Cabinet nomination hearing

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - CIA Director Mike Pompeo will signal a harder line toward Moscow during his confirmation hearing on Thursday to become U.S. President Donald Trump’s new secretary of state, according to excerpts of his testimony. Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) Director Mike Pompeo testifies during a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing on "Worldwide Threats" on Capitol…

As Pompeo signals hard Russia line, lawmakers want him to stand on his own

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. senators preparing for Mike Pompeo’s confirmation hearing on Thursday to become the next secretary of state said one of their main questions would be: will the CIA director be able to stand up to U.S. President Donald Trump? U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Corker (R-TN), R, meets with CIA…

Pompeo moves to reassure skeptical Dems in bid to be top US diplomat
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Pompeo moves to reassure skeptical Dems in bid to be top US diplomat

Ordinarily, the transition from one high-level position to another would largely be a rubber-stamp affair, but with Washington riven by political hostility and serious foreign policy challenges nearing a boil, Pompeo's Thursday nomination hearing is set to be as much a debate over his fitness for the job as it is over the Trump administration's…

Pompeo Will Say Softer U.S. Policy Toward Russia Is ‘Now Over’
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Pompeo Will Say Softer U.S. Policy Toward Russia Is ‘Now Over’

President Donald Trump’s nominee for secretary of state, CIA director Mike Pompeo, will say at his confirmation hearing Thursday that a milder American policy toward Russia is “now over” and promise that the State Department will find its “swagger once again,” according to his prepared remarks. “Russia continues to act aggressively, enabled by years of…

Mike Pompeo, Trump’s pick for secretary of state, to tell senators years of soft US policy toward Russia ‘now over’
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Mike Pompeo, Trump’s pick for secretary of state, to tell senators years of soft US policy toward Russia ‘now over’

Mike Pompeo, whom President Trump chose for his next secretary of state, is expected to tell the Senate during his confirmation hearing Thursday that years of soft policy toward Russian aggression are “now over.” According to his prepared remarks obtained Wednesday by Fox News from a senior Trump administration official, Pompeo will chastise Russia for…

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