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Pompeo, in a statement relayed by the US State Department, said he was "delighted" to serve as America's top diplomat. Pompeo then rushed to the Supreme Court for his swearing in, and then to Joint Base Andrews, where he departed to Brussels for his first official trip as secretary of state.

If confirmed, Pompeo will replace Rex Tillerson, the former Exxon Mobil CEO fired by President Donald Trump on Twitter last month. The CIA said she took over on Thursday as acting director while the Senate weighs whether to make it permanent. Trump sent Pompeo to North Korea three weeks ago to meet with the country┬┤s leader, Kim Jong Un, ahead of a summit with the U.S. president to address Pyongyang┬┤s nuclear program.

President Donald Trump applauded the confirmation of his former Central Intelligence Agency director as secretary of state, calling him a "patriot". "He has my support".

The US Senate voted on Thursday, April 26 to approve former Central Intelligence Agency director Mike Pompeo as Secretary of State after a bruising battle by Democrats against President Donald Trump's nominee.

Every Republican supported his confirmation, with the exception of Sen.

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Six Democrats and one Independent voted to confirm Pompeo: Heitkamp, Donnelly, Manchin, McCaskill, Jones, Nelson, and King (I). Republican Senator John McCain, who is being treated for cancer, was absent. But after barely getting the nomination past the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Pompeo was easily confirmed by the entire body in a vote of 57-42, with a handful of Democratic senators facing tough re-election battles voting in favor.

Mike Pompeo has been sworn is as secretary of state.

Welcoming Pompeo to the Nato headquarters, Nato Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg spoke of the need to adapt the 29-member Western alliance "to a more demanding security environment".

Yet his opponents warned that his hawkish foreign policy views and negative comments about gay marriage and Muslims made him ill-equipped to serve as a diplomat or to represent the U.S. on the world stage.

Pompeo has been deeply engaged in the administration's efforts on North Korea and recently traveled to Pyongyang.


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