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Senators Urge Pompeo to Avoid Trump’s ‘Worst Instincts’ at State Department
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Senators Urge Pompeo to Avoid Trump’s ‘Worst Instincts’ at State Department

If confirmed, Mr. Pompeo would be the Trump administration’s second secretary of state in less than 15 months. In his opening statement, Mr. Pompeo signaled that he planned to harvest a forceful diplomacy. He said he would take a tough line against Russia and push to improve the Iran nuclear deal through negotiations with European…

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…

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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…

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…

Mike Pompeo is the anti-Tillerson
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Mike Pompeo is the anti-Tillerson

When President Donald Trump fired Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on March 13 via an unceremonious tweet, the mood at the Department of State was probably half-escatic, half-petrified. Escatic because the Foreign Service and career staffers in the building were now free from the chains of a man who was generally castigated for eviscerating America's diplomatic power…

Rand Paul to oppose Pompeo, Haspel
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Rand Paul to oppose Pompeo, Haspel

Sen. Rand PaulRandal (Rand) Howard PaulDem wins Kentucky state House seat in district Trump won by 49 points GOP's tax reform bait-and-switch will widen inequality Pentagon budget euphoria could be short-lived MORE (R-Ky.) said on Wednesday he would oppose President TrumpDonald John TrumpAccuser says Trump should be afraid of the truth Woman behind pro-Trump Facebook…

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