Published: Fri, April 13, 2018
Global | By Craig Ferguson

Russians Killed In Syria Clash, Says Pompeo

Russians Killed In Syria Clash, Says Pompeo

Pompeo, who reportedly had been asked by President Donald Trump to intervene in the Russian Federation probe, confirmed the Mueller interview during a hearing into his nomination to become U.S. secretary of state.

Outgoing CIA chief Mike Pompeo has a reputation as a "war hawk" and a hardliner, and his nomination as secretary of state was seen as a sign that Trump's adminstration intends to rip up the nuclear accord.

As a congressman, Pompeo opposed the U.S. Supreme Court ruling that legalized gay marriage in 2015. Bob Menendez, D-N.J., on conversations he was reported to have had with Trump about FBI Specific Counsel Robert Mueller's Russian Federation probe.

Booker: "Yes or no, do you believe gay sex is a perversion?".

Pompeo will need a majority vote in the Senate to replace ousted Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, who was sacked on March 13, 2018. "I don't think that has been disputed by Republicans or Democrats throughout an extended period of time".

More recently, Pompeo told CBS News that while Obama didn't want to upset Iran during the nuclear negotiations, the situation now is different. He also co-sponsored a bill in the U.S. House of Representatives that would have allowed states to refuse to recognize the marriages of gays and lesbians.

BOOKER: Someone who runs an organization that has been considered a hate group by the Anti-Defamation League and the Southern Poverty Law Center.

"It's not an obligation, it's an opportunity", Pompeo answered. "I called him out".

Pompeo replied before Booker cut him off. The two sparred in an exchange about what Pompeo has claimed is a "special obligation" that falls on Muslim leaders when it comes to preventing terrorist attacks in America.

He did, however, cite his professional record as proof that he treats everyone with respect, regardless of their religion, gender or sexual orientation.

Pompeo told the senators Thursday that "no one is under any illusions" that the summit will achieve a comprehensive agreement on the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.

"The president has made clear that the continuation of the pressure campaign is the tool to achieve successful diplomacy", he said.

"I spoke with Special Counsel Mueller who interviewed me, requested an interview", he said.

Pompeo went on to list all the actions the Trump administration has taken against Russia, including confirming that USA forces killed over a hundred Russians in Syria.

The two lawmakers are not alone in their reservations about President Donald Trump's nominee.

In response to Democratic senator Cory Booker, Pompeo said he didn't support gay marriage but that he treated married gay people at the Central Intelligence Agency in "the exact same way as everyone else".

Pompeo faced many questions about North Korea.

"Senator, I don't recall".

"He has shown himself to be anti-equality and anti-Muslim, and quick to limit access to reproductive health care and deny the pressing issue of climate change", notes Van Hollen in his statement. "And if we're going to strike Syria I don't think this ought to be a reflex action without a strategy".

When Sen. Tim Kaine (D-VA) asked about his 2014 statement in favor of bombing Iran, Pompeo said he was probably basing it on intelligence he had at the time.

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