Booker Demands Pompeo Answer Questions About Homosexuality as a Perversion

Booker Demands Pompeo Answer Questions About Homosexuality as a Perversion

Booker Demands Pompeo Answer Questions About Homosexuality as a Perversion

Senate Democrats bombarded Secretary of State nominee Mike Pompeo with an array of questions Thursday, ranging from his views on same-sex marriage and climate change to which circumstances would cause him to resign. Booker asked Pompeo about both of these stances during the hearing.

Since being nominated last month, Pompeo has spent much of his time at the State Department immersing himself in briefing books and undergoing mock hearings and prep meetings on key issues like Iran, Syria and North Korea, as well as the inner workings of the State Department, a person close to Pompeo said.

He also noted that "We've seen this in America before, right?"

Pro-Israel students at Columbia University in NY have called for disciplinary action against anti-Zionist groups on campus, which they. Trump has denied that - and has been strongly critical in recent days of Moscow's backing of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad - but he has also talked of wanting better relations with Putin.

He told members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee that he would restore "swagger" to a State Department left in tatters by Rex Tillerson, and strengthen relations with USA partners left ragged after the tumultuous first year of President Donald Trump's administration. Tillerson, a former chief executive of Exxon Mobil, had a rocky relationship with Trump in just over a year in the job.

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.

Pompeo has been the director of the Central Intelligence Agency over the past year.

"No, senator", Pompeo replied.

Booker first thanked Pompeo for his deference and respect in visiting his office prior to the hearing, and then brought up specific topics of conversation from that meeting that he felt concerned and uncomfortable with. To think otherwise is to misunderstand the role of the Secretary of State. This decision has the potential to make a dire situation even worse. He said he had not seen enough evidence of Pompeo's independence.

Last year, North Korea accused Pompeo of favoring such a policy after he told a forum in July that he was "hopeful" the USA could "find a way to separate that regime from" its nuclear weapons.

The CIA Director also backed Trump's plan to remedy the "most egregious flaws" of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) that governs Iran's nuclear program, although Pompeo was forced to cede one point related to Iran's compliance to the agreement.

"If confirmed, it will be an immediate personal priority to work with those partners to see if such a fix is achievable", Pompeo said of European partners plus Russian Federation and China who also signed the Iran deal.

At a separate congressional hearing, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said the aim was for a negotiated solution to the North Korean crisis.

Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council, called the questioning a "litmus test" but said he was impressed by how Pompeo handled it.

Pompeo does not respect the basic precepts of the Constitution, including the First Amendment, which provides that Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.

U.S. intelligence agencies concluded Russian Federation interfered in the campaign to boost Trump.

Pompeo added that if the deal can't be fixed and Trump decides to withdraw, he will l continue to advocate for a tougher accord. There has been rapid turnover among senior administration officials, with the president souring rapidly on those who disagreed with him. "We thus urge you to oppose Mr. Pompeo's confirmation as Secretary of State".

Menendez said Trump's "erratic approach" to foreign policy had confused allies and emboldened adversaries.

Senator Paul, however, referred to Mr Trump's past statements, emphasising that now was the time to leave Afghanistan and ask if there's a difference of opinion between him and the president. "Or will you be a "yes" man?"

"All of this - listening, leveraging differences, unleashing talent, teamwork - will become the fabric of a State Department culture that finds its swagger once again", he said.

A reorganization and hiring freeze initiated by Tillerson left the rank and file demoralized.

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