May 10, 2018

Mike Pompeo for Secretary of State


KEY TAKEAWAYS

  • Senate rejection of Mike Pompeo’s nomination would disrupt negotiations already underway with North Korea regarding its nuclear weapons and put our nation and allies at risk.
  • Mike Pompeo won bipartisan support in his confirmation to be director of the CIA, where he has focused on North Korea and Iran.
  • During his hearing, Mike Pompeo stressed the importance of diplomacy and demonstrated his readiness for the job.

Mike Pompeo was nominated by President Trump to serve as secretary of state at a time when America faces significant challenges from countries such as Russia, Syria, North Korea, and Iran. As a key member of the president’s national security team, he is committed to using the nation’s diplomatic strength to defend U.S. interests overseas. His nomination has drawn support from both sides of the aisle, from respected national security officials, and from many editorial boards including the Washington Post, USA Today, and New York Daily News.

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a career of service

Director Pompeo served three terms in Congress, where he was a member of the House Intelligence Committee. He graduated first in his class at the United States Military Academy at West Point and received a law degree from Harvard, where he was an editor of the law review. He also founded and ran several private aerospace businesses before entering Congress. 

The Senate confirmed him as CIA director on January 23, 2017, by a vote of 66-32, with support from 14 Democrats and one independent. As director of central intelligence, he has focused the CIA’s resources on North Korea and Iran. He has also increased deployments of CIA field officers and streamlined bureaucracy at the agency.

north korean nuclear negotiations

As director of central intelligence, Mike Pompeo recently traveled to North Korea to begin work on an agreement regarding its nuclear weapons. Once confirmed as secretary of state, he will lead preparations for a high-profile summit between President Trump and North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un.

The meeting between Director Pompeo and North Korean leaders may already be paying dividends. The South Korean government said that North Korea has dropped demands for U.S. troops to leave the Korean peninsula. If Senate Democrats delay the confirmation of a secretary of state, they could disrupt and delay the nuclear negotiations with North Korea.

prepared for the job

Pompeo gave strong reassurances that he is the right person for this job at his confirmation hearing before the Foreign Relations Committee on April 12. He noted that the job of secretary of state entails “building substantial relationships with our allies, relationships that President Trump and I can utilize for both tough conversations and productive cooperation.”

He added: “It also means working with our adversaries where needed to make clear objectives and let them know the means by which we intend to achieve them.” He has developed valuable experience in all of these areas at the CIA, building relationships across the world in the Middle East, in Europe, Africa, and Latin America.

Issue Tag: Senate