Senate Confirms Mike Pompeo as Secretary of State

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Just over one hour later, he was sworn in as secretary of state by Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito at the White House. 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 United States president to address Pyongyang´s nuclear program.

The Senate has confirmed Mike Pompeo as secretary of state in a 57-to-42 vote Thursday.

But where Tillerson was seen as a voice for moderation in the Trump administration, Pompeo is viewed as a hawk who could combine with new White House National Security Adviser John Bolton to back more aggressive posturing by Trump on the world stage.

Every Republican supported his confirmation, with the exception of Sen. Pompeo is expected to travel to Brussels before heading on to the Middle East.

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Pompeo faced unprecedented opposition to his becoming the nation's top diplomat - many Democrats who just a year ago voted to confirm him as Central Intelligence Agency director publicly opposed him as the next secretary of state.

In the run-up to Pompeo's confirmation, his backers emphasized his resume as a West Point and Harvard Law School graduate and former congressman who enjoys a close relationship with Trump.

Mike Pompeo has been sworn is as secretary of state.

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

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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.

While in Congress, Pompeo was an outspoken opponent of the Iran nuclear accord.

In Brussels, Pompeo will attend a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation foreign ministers summit and meet with the top diplomats from Turkey and Italy.

Trump says, "Having a patriot of Mike's huge talent, energy, and intellect leading the Department of State will be an incredible asset for our country at this critical time in history".

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