Mike Pompeo, President Trump’s nominee for secretary of state, will face an uphill climb to win Senate confirmation. He will testify today during his confirmation hearing before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. Trump selected the former CIA director to run the State Department after he fired former Secretary of State Rex Tillerson. The announcement to replace the top diplomat came ahead of a much-anticipated upcoming sit-down meeting between Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.
CBS News reports:
Pompeo will offer assurances that he will be a very different secretary of state than Rex Tillerson. Pompeo will, according to excerpts of his opening statement, promise to keep in regular contact with lawmakers, will “do my best to pick up your calls on the first ring” and “be a regular visitor to the Capitol.” He’ll also tell lawmakers that he’s already met with hundreds of State Department staffers, whom, he said “shared how demoralizing it is to have so many vacancies and, frankly, not to feel relevant.” He’ll aim to help the State Department culture “find its swagger once again.”
The hearing is due to start at 10AM.