Top State Dept. nominee: Soft policy toward Russian Federation 'over'

Mike Pompeo

Mike Pompeo

"There are few who dread war more than those of us who have served in uniform".

According to his prepared remarks obtained Wednesday by Fox News from a senior Trump administration official, Pompeo will chastise Russian Federation for acting "aggressively" and emphasize that the national security strategy of the Trump administration considers Russian Federation "a danger to our country".

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. He'll say diplomatic efforts with Moscow are "challenging" but "must continue".

On Iran, he'll tell senators that he will work with US allies to fix the 2015 Iran nuclear accord, which Trump has threatened to withdraw from.

"We all firmly believe the Department of State plays a crucial role in the national security process and that Director Pompeo is in a unique position to bring the Department back to a place where it can play its historically central role in this process", the letter continued. Pompeo plans to say.

The panel has 11 Republicans and 10 Democrats, and Republican Rand Paul has already expressed his opposition to Pompeo, for the latter's support of the Iraq war and his aggressive posture against Iran.

"That will be my first priority", Pompeo will say.

"They also shared how demoralizing it is to have so many vacancies and, frankly, not to feel relevant", Pompeo will say.

Pompeo, who was confirmed for the CIA job by a 66-32 vote, developed a reputation for being more outwardly political than many past directors of the traditionally apolitical agency. Taking advantage of the department's talent will "become the fabric of a State Department culture that finds its swagger once again". Under former Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, many career officials felt that their expertise were not valued. "He understands the gravity of the challenge before him". With Senator John McCain of Arizona absent for brain cancer treatments, Republicans have 50 votes compared with the Democrats' 49.

On the eve of Mike Pompeo's Thursday confirmation hearing to be Secretary of State, a number of his most prominent backers are making their support for him public.

In preparation for a likely contentious confirmation process, former CIA Director and Secretary of State nominee Mike Pompeo is turning to every possible resource for help-including recent secretaries of state who he lambasted while in Congress.

"With this president - and Pompeo may face it as well - you walk into a room and you think you're representing the president, and then there's a tweet", said Daniel Kurtzer, a former ambassador to Egypt and Israel under George W. Bush who's now a professor at Princeton.

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