Senate approves Pompeo as US Secretary of State

Mike Pompeo and Richard Grenell

Mike Pompeo and Richard Grenell

White House press secretary, Sarah Sanders, wrote on Twitter, "Great to have Secretary Pompeo confirmed". A long list of pressing issues awaits him including a decision on the Iran nuclear deal and Trump's upcoming summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

Trump added that the two spoke for more than an hour and that there were "incredible pictures of the two talking and meeting".

The US Senate confirmed Mike Pompeo as President Donald Trump's secretary of state on Thursday, putting the former Central Intelligence Agency director in a pivotal role to handle US foreign policy challenges such as North Korea and Iran. State Department staffers, demoralised after a tumultuous first year of President Donald Trump's administration, gave a round of applause to Pompeo, who responded as he boarded the aircraft with a casual, "Hi, I'm Mike".

Every Republican supported his confirmation, with the exception of Sen. U.S. senators said Pompeo was expected to hit the ground running and head off nearly immediately to a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation foreign ministers meeting in Brussels on Friday.

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

Six Democrats and one Independent voted to confirm Pompeo: Heitkamp, Donnelly, Manchin, McCaskill, Jones, Nelson, and King (I). John McCain who is still in Arizona battling brain cancer and was not present for the vote.

Yet the Senate vote followed an uneasy confirmation process for Pompeo that underscored Trump's growing difficulties in getting nominees in place for top positions.

The Senate has narrowly confirmed Mike Pompeo to be secretary of state.

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Pompeo replaces Rex Tillerson, the former oil executive Trump fired in March after a year of tensions and turmoil in the State Department, where he alienated much of his staff and left the body deeply demoralized.

Pompeo is expected to be sworn in nearly immediately.

Pompeo will arrive in the region ahead of a series of events that could potentially plunge it into deeper disarray, including the Iran deal decision and the relocation of the United States embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

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