Mike Pompeo Confirmation a 'Pro-Life' and 'Religious Freedom' Victory

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"As Secretary of State, I have no doubt that Mike Pompeo will make worldwide religious freedom a foreign policy priority-a matter which is especially important given that we now know religious freedom, long protected for its own sake, is also intricately connected to the security and prosperity of nations themselves", said FRC President Tony Perkins.

By comparison, former President Barack Obama's nominees, Hillary Clinton and John Kerry, were confirmed with 94-3 and 94-2 votes respectively.

"It is shocking that Senator Schumer and Democratic leadership could not hold their caucus together on this vote, or at the very least, succeed in making Pompeo's disastrous climate and environmental record a major factor in these proceedings", Wenonah Hauter, executive director of Food & Water Watch, said in a statement on Thursday.

Throughout the confirmation process, Pompeo's home church prayed for and supported him.

Sen. Cory Booker (D.) used his time during the hearing to ask Pompeo if he thought being gay is a "perversion".

"From North Korea's nuclear threats to Iran's aggression, Mike's confirmation as Secretary of State comes at a critical time for US foreign policy", said Ed Royce (R-CA), the chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee.

Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito swore Pompeo in Thursday afternoon at the Supreme Court.

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Western allies can not let nationalistic impulses take over and "undermine the liberal order we set after World War II". Before heading home, Macron acknowledged he expected Trump to pull out of the deal, based on his long opposition to it.

Al Jazeera's Rosiland Jordan, reporting from Washington, DC, said Pompeo's hawkish stance would in fact help unite the White House and the State Department.

Pompeo, a former Kansas congressman, is expected to guide Trump's foreign policy in a more right-leaning direction than Tillerson, the former Exxon Mobil CEO fired by Trump on Twitter last month.

"After calling continuously for weeks for Director Pompeo to support President Trump's belief that the Iraq war was a mistake, and that it is time to leave Afghanistan, today I received confirmation that Director Pompeo agrees with President Trump", Rand said explaining his decision.

The trip comes just hours after a contentious confirmation vote in the U.S. Senate. 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 USA president to address Pyongyang's nuclear program.

Pompeo, the outgoing Central Intelligence Agency director, secured support from 57 senators, with 42 voting no - one of the slimmest margins for the job in recent history. "The Secretary will then travel to the Middle East, where he will meet with Saudi, Israeli, and Jordanian leaders to discuss critical regional and bilateral issues", it added.

Pompeo is expected to arrange a summit between Trump and Kim in the coming months. The official singled out Germany, the alliance's largest and wealthiest European member, for not having plans to increase defense spending to more than 1.25 percent of GDP by 2021.

In Riyadh, Jerusalem and Amman, the future of the Iran deal and the conflict in Syria will be significant agenda items.

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