"Senator, I continue to hold that view", Pompeo said.
"Mr. Pompeo will regularly be required to liaise with Muslim leaders and Muslim communities overseas, especially during this time of conflict, tension, and unprecedented humanitarian need throughout much of the world", Ellison, of Minnesota, and Carson, of IN, wrote IN a letter to Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Corker, a Tennessee Republican, and the panel's top Democrat, Sen.
Democrats will focus on whether Pompeo is willing to be a voice of dissent when needed.
"My relationship with President Trump is due to one thing: We've demonstrated value to him at the Central Intelligence Agency. I intend to work to achieve the president's policies with diplomacy rather by sending our young men and women to war". "I don't recall what he asked me that day precisely, but I'm with the president an bad lot".
In reference to a planned meeting between Trump and Kim in May or early June, Pompeo said: "President Trump isn't one to play games at the negotiating table - and I won't be either".
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Pompeo also told senators he would work to bolster morale at the State Department and seek to fill positions that went unfilled during Tillerson's tenure. "It's one thing for him to have one missile capable of landing in Denver, Colo., and it's another thing for him to have an entire arsenal, and there are things we can do to keep that capability out of his hands", Pompeo said.
"Imagine we're close to achieving the fix that the president has asked the State Department to achieve?" The president said that he will not extend the waivers unless the European partners in the deal "fix" it. "And if we're going to strike Syria I don't think this ought to be a reflex action without a strategy".
He said the administration has responsibility to prevent North Korean leader Kim Jong Un being able threaten the USA with a nuclear weapon. "Each of those tools that Vladimir Putin is using, we need to do our best to make sure he doesn't succeed".
Pompeo vowed not to repeat past mistakes regarding North Korea, suggesting Washington will maintain maximum pressure and sanctions until Pyongyang takes concrete action toward denuclearisation. Thursday was no exception.
Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) challenged Pompeo on his anti-LGBT record, noting that in July 2015 he gave a speech in which he reiterated anti-gay pastor Rev. Joe Wright's comment that "America had worshipped other Gods and called it multiculturalism".
"Do you believe gay sex is a perversion?" Booker then asked if he also knew Gabriel, one of the most influential anti-Muslim leaders in America who once said "every practicing Muslim is a radical Muslim".
But Pompeo wouldn't say what he spoke about with Mueller's team. Robert Menendez, the leading Democrat on the committee, pressed Pompeo on President Donald Trump and the special counsel investigation into links between his campaign and Russian Federation. "I stand by that", Pompeo, vying to be the nation's top diplomat, responded during the Thursday hearing. "My respect for every individual regardless of sexual orientation is the same", Pompeo said.