Pompeo: Russia is 'a danger to our country'

Pompeo: Russia is 'a danger to our country'

Pompeo said he would also prioritize filling what he described as "demoralizing" vacancies that festered under former Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, whom Trump fired last month.

U.S. President Donald Trump's choice for Secretary of State, CIA Director Mike Pompeo, told the Senate Foreign Relations Committee at his confirmation hearing Thursday that claims he is a war hawk are unfounded.

Sen. Ben Cardin, a Democrat on the committee considering Pompeo's nomination, said after meeting with him Tuesday that he didn't get the impression Pompeo was well-versed in world affairs and seemed unfamiliar with the current status of several issues.

Pompeo, who after 15 months at the Central intelligence Agency was nominated by Trump to replace secretary of state Rex Tillerson, declined to give details of his conversations with Mueller investigators, or confirm any discussions with Trump on the Russian Federation probe.

Pompeo has historically had some choice words for Russian Federation, which US intelligence agencies said sought to sway the 2016 presidential election in Trump's favor and continues to meddle in USA politics even now. "I would prefer achieving the President's foreign policy goals with unrelenting diplomacy".

"Russia continues to act aggressively, enabled by years of soft policy toward that aggression".

Pompeo first says that he did not "recall" whether or not Trump asked him about the probe being led by Mueller.

Pompeo has expressed a harder stance on foreign nations than his predecessor, once likening Iran to a "thuggish police state" and ISIS.

But Pompeo, the former Tea Party Republican congressman, will also say diplomatic efforts with Moscow, while challenging, "must continue".

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"Mike Pompeo is a pragmatic and strategic thinker much like President Trump", added AMCD Co-Director Tom Harb.

Pompeo reiterated that contention when asked by Sen.

Writing ahead of Pompeo's Senate hearing on Wednesday, The Intercept's Ryan Grim noted that the GOP only holds a one-member advantage in the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and "with Sen". During his confirmation hearing previous year to head the CIA, Pompeo said it was "ignorant, unsafe and absolutely unbelievable" to elevate climate change to a top national security threat. Pompeo declined to elaborate on that conversation, saying "I don't recall" what exactly was said that day, though he insisted "the article's suggestion that [Trump] asked me to do anything that was improper is false".

The Senate's Republican leaders can bring the nomination up for a vote even if Pompeo is reported unfavorably out of the committee.

Whether or not Pompeo wants to talk about that meeting - and what was said in it - is one thing.

Pompeo has been far more critical than Trump of Moscow's alleged attempts to interfere with the 2016 USA presidential election.

But he followed up this sober analysis by complaining about how China is dependent upon poaching American technology: "If you look at them, they are probably trying either to steal our stuff, or make sure they can defeat it", he said.

"His reputation is not that strong on standing up to the president", Sen.

Former DoD and Central Intelligence Agency chief Leon Panetta told MSNBC this morning that Trump's withdrawal comments were "not something that the president should have said with regards to the status of American forces because if we're going to be able to have some kind of influence in Syria, and it is a chaotic situation, it is important for the United States to have a presence there and to indicate that we have a role to play".

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