close Video Mike Pompeo: Russian aggression enabled by soft policy Fox News obtained excerpts of Mike Pompeo's opening remarks to be delivered at his confirmation hearing to be secretary of state; Rich Edson reports from the State Department. 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 acting “aggressively” and emphasize that the national security strategy of the Trump administration considers Russia “a danger to our country.” He also will say that diplomatic efforts with Moscow, while challenging, “must continue.” Pompeo, currently the CIA director, will vow to promote democracy and human rights while stressing … [Read more...] about Mike Pompeo, Trump’s pick for secretary of state, to tell senators years of soft US policy toward Russia ‘now over’
WASHINGTON — CIA Director Mike Pompeo failed to disclose last year that he owned a Kansas business that imported oilfield equipment from a company owned by the Chinese government. That omission, on the questionnaire Pompeo was required to fill out for Senate confirmation to lead the spy agency, could cause a problem for him in Thursday’s confirmation hearing before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee to be President Trump’s Secretary of State. The issue with the Chinese company, which was confirmed in a series of documents obtained by McClatchy this week, never came up during his confirmation hearings last year. Many senators contacted Wednesday were reluctant to comment until they had more information. Sen. Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a committee member, said he was unfamiliar with the discrepancy, but said it was troubling. GOP Republicans return to work with Trump wish list in mind "If there’s an inconsistency in his questionnaire, that would be a matter … [Read more...] about Mike Pompeo didn’t mention he owned biz linked to Chinese government when he was confirmed as CIA chief
Mike Pompeo faces his Senate confirmation hearing Thursday to become secretary of State as the Trump administration grapples with a mounting series of international crises and challenges, including probable U.S. air raids in Syria, a likely withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal, and a possible summit with North Korea.If confirmed, the CIA director and Republican former member of Congress will take over a State Department that has been badly depleted by senior staff departures and a shrinking budget under President Trump.Pompeo’s confirmation isn’t assured. The Senate Foreign Relations Committee has a one-vote Republican majority — and one Republican, Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky, already has announced his opposition.If Pompeo does not gain any Democrats’ votes, the committee likely will pass his nomination “without recommendation” to the full Senate for a vote. That would prove embarrassing but not necessarily fatal since Pompeo has allies in … [Read more...] about Mike Pompeo, Trump’s pick for top diplomat, to face Senate confirmation hearing as international crises mount
Family Research Council President Tony Perkins and 49 other international religious liberty leaders are urging Senate leaders to confirm President Donald Trump’s nominee for Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo. In a letter sent to Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY), the coalition of leaders write Pompeo “is a strong nominee who will make international religious freedom a foreign policy priority – a matter which is especially important given that we now know religious freedom, long protected for its own sake, is also intricately connected to the security and prosperity of nations themselves.”The religious liberty leaders – who represent thousands of Americans – assert Pompeo’s security experience as CIA chief makes him “especially equipped to address this facet of religious freedom policy.” The leaders continue:Working with willing partners, we must cultivate religious freedom … [Read more...] about Religious Freedom Advocates Urge Confirmation of Mike Pompeo as Secretary of State
FILE - In this May 11, 2017 file photo, CIA Director Mike Pompeo listens while testifying on Capitol Hill in Washington. The White House has tapped Pompeo to replace Secretary of State Rex Tillerson. (Copyright 2017 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.) Cultivating religious freedom worldwide is a major ingredient for our national security here at home. Mike Pompeo understands this, and will act on it, if confirmed as our next Secretary of State. It was one year ago when the sense of security of Egypt’s Coptic Christians was brutally interrupted as ISIS terrorists bombed two of their churches on Palm Sunday, killing 47 and injuring scores more. Even this community, already embattled by ongoing instability and expectations of attacks, was shaken by this tragic targeting in their places of worship. We, as Americans, who often take our security for granted should take this opportunity to remember those who cannot afford to do so. As we remember them, as a nation we … [Read more...] about Mike Pompeo, religious freedom and a safer world — how are these three things connected?