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Pompeo Confirmation Hearing Does Not Reach Clear Conclusion

by Countable | Updated on 4.12.18

What’s the story?

  • Current CIA Director Mike Pompeo sat for a five hour confirmation hearing with the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Thursday for the position of Secretary of State. Though he hit many high notes Democratic senators grilled him on his historic statements regarding women’s health, Muslims, and gay marriage, as well as his support of the combative diplomacy of President Trump.
  • As Secretary of State Pompeo would head an agency that offers diplomatic programs focused on education, women’s health, religious tolerance, and other aspects of promoting “soft power”. “Soft power” is the use of persuasion via economic and cultural influence to affect international relations.
  • Sen. Robert Menendez (D-NJ) read out a host of Pompeo’s comments expressing opposition to gay marriage, bias against Muslims, and opposition to women’s health providers like Planned Parenthood. He noted that Pompeo’s comments at the hearing diverged from that history, and expressed that he didn’t know “which Pompeo” would be confirmed. His time was ended before Pompeo could respond.
  • Former Secretary of State Rex Tillerson was well-known for gutting the State Department and not maintaining a dynamic working relationship with the Foreign Relations Committee, which oversees the department’s work. Senators on both sides of the aisle noted that recent history and queried Pompeo about his intentions for the department and his relationship with Congress.
  • Pompeo asserted that he wanted a strong diplomatic corps and that he would resist any efforts to further reduce the department if it hampered the agency’s efforts. He also noted his history as a former member of Congress and committed to an open and communicative working relationship with the committee.
  • Pompeo was grilled by Democrats on the president’s combative style of diplomacy. He distanced himself from the president’s blame of the Russia investigation for the “bad blood” between the two countries, but he also stated that he would be open to taking a first nuclear strike against North Korea.
  • He also said he would not resign in protest if the president fired Special Counsel Robert Mueller.
  • Despite having voted to confirm Pompeo to head the CIA, it is not clear if some Democratic members of the committee will vote to confirm him for Secretary of State.

What do you think?

Do you support the confirmation of Mike Pompeo as Secretary of State? Why or why not? Are there questions you think should have been asked of him that weren’t?

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  • Joane
    04/12/2018
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    Vote NO. Do NOT confirm Pompeo as Sec. of State!

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  • German
    04/12/2018
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    Please do everything you can to vote against Pompeo’s confirmation

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  • ZacZamora
    04/12/2018
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    I was living in Kansas when he was our congressman. He’s ignorant, arrogant, smug, he’s made comments in the past that don’t reflect upon the equality and diversity of America today, and he was practically a very useless figure in Kansas policy-making. I don’t see that he would do much good on any higher national scale.

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  • OlderNWiser
    04/12/2018
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    Mike Pompeo has shown himself to be Islamophobic, supports torture, stated under your questioning that he would start a nuclear war with Korea, so he’s open to destroying the planet. No! Not another inappropriate mean hater.

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  • J. scott
    04/12/2018
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    Yet another Alt-right wacko unfit for any responsible position in government that our congress is actually considering. This could be the reason so many of these bozos have resigned or been fired in mostly less than a year. Meanwhile, our government remains in complete disarray. 🙄 Oh, and yeah he will be confirmed sadly.

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  • Countryfirst
    04/12/2018
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    Yet another idiot in a cabinet position..a raging HAWK and totally inept at any rational thinking..forget thinking about our country..throw all of these fools in jail

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  • Chickie
    04/12/2018
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    Congress, do the right thing, not the toe the party line thing! Do not approve Mike Pompeo as Secretary of State. Pompeo told the committee he would stand up to #45 if need be; instead Pompeo has blinders and mufflers on when it comes to #45! Pompeo gave the ‘right’ answers at his appointment hearing. On Iran’s nuclear program, he told the committee that he supported a diplomatic approach; beforehand, he stated that regime change is “the only way” to deal with the problem. He told the committee he opposes regime change, but only a year ago, Pompeo spoke about toppling the Kim regime. He is a man of phobias, including Islam, Muslims, and the LGBTQ. Pompeo was unable to answer Sen. Booker, (D-NJ), when asked about his affiliation with Gabriel and Gaffney, both extreme radical anti-Muslim people. All in all, Pompeo answered as a kid would when facing the principal: ‘I’ll say what I know the principal wants to hear’. He doesn’t respect the committee enough to realize, for the committee and those Americans listening, we’re not buying what he’s selling! Vote no!

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  • NoHedges
    04/13/2018
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    Those responsible for maintaining justice and overseeing judicial investigations need a more balanced world view. Pompeo simply does not strike me as being balanced or able to see both sides of an issue. I believe, given the fact this new director must be able to interface and communicate independent views with Trump, we need to consider ADDITIONAL CRITERIA. Like a PhD in the criminally insane and advanced studies in cult psychology. Pompeo also needs to under go a thorough mental health assessment, which should include a comprehensive screening for NPD and other personality disorders -borderline

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  • James
    04/12/2018
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    Pompeii is great and a wise choice! He has good Christian Conservative values as all Dems lack! He’s In!

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  • John
    04/12/2018
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    This man is totally unqualified with his temperament and beliefs to be Secretary of State. With his off the cuff comments and bluster, it will not be possible to tell a real crisis from one of his own creation. This is a job for a diplomat. Honor it.

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  • John
    04/12/2018
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    Do NOT vote to approve this 45 sycophant and fascist!

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  • ManfromNebraska
    04/12/2018
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    Definitely vote Yes on Pompeo’s nomination!

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  • Hiro9
    04/12/2018
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    Hubristic Islamaphobes have no place in our federal government let alone as our nation's top diplomat.

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  • Lisa
    04/12/2018
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    Please vote NO, we need to fix our image with exemplary diplomacy, this is not the answer.

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  • Gary
    04/12/2018
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    Yes, confirm Him and get him to work with POTUS

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  • Donna
    04/12/2018
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    By ZacLee I was living in Kansas when he was our congressman. He’s ignorant, arrogant, smug, he’s made comments in the past that don’t reflect upon the equality and diversity of America today, and he was practically a very useless figure in Kansas policy-making. I don’t see that he would do much good on...I agree, do NOT confirm Pompeo

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  • John
    04/13/2018
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    Do not confirm this Trump syncophant. He should be representing the diplomatic end of foreign policy not “supporting a first nuclear strike.” His temperament and style do not fit the office. It seems very hard to believe that he could leave his personal beliefs behind when dealing with the rest of the world. Trump already has his ear to Bolton. We don’t need a war cabinet.

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  • Christine
    04/13/2018
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    Are we surprised? Vote NO to this tea party war hawk sycophant who does not give a straight answer.

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  • MinnesotaMom
    04/13/2018
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    Pompeo isn't fit for a storefront position. We need someone who can go abroad and speak like an adult to our allies. Send this back and ask the Donald to try again.

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  • Carol
    04/13/2018
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    From what I heard from the hearings the other day, I would turn down the confirmation of this man. He is dangerous. He is not responsive to direct questions, which is a red flag for me. What is the problem with answering a question either yes or no? His evasiveness makes him untrustworthy. His history makes him untrustworthy. His hatred, in particular, makes him untrustworthy.

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