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Senate confirms Pompeo as nation’s top diplomat

by Leigh Jones
Posted 4/26/18, 01:46 pm

Mike Pompeo won confirmation Thursday as the Trump administration’s second secretary of state, securing more Senate support than expected. The full Senate voted 57-42 to allow Pompeo to leave his job as director of the CIA and become the nation’s top diplomat. Pompeo’s nomination hit an unexpected snag after lawmakers learned he met with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un but failed to mention it in his confirmation hearing. On Monday, the Foreign Relations Committee appeared to lack the votes needed to formally recommend Pompeo’s nomination. At the last minute, Sen.

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Senate delays hearing for VA secretary nominee

by Leigh Jones
Posted 4/24/18, 11:19 am

The Senate Veterans Affairs Committee announced Tuesday it would postpone a hearing for VA secretary nominee Ronny Jackson amid questions about his ability to run the government’s second-largest department. Jackson, a Navy rear admiral, has served as White House physician since 2006, but critics say he lacks the experience needed to manage the VA. “We’ve got 360,000 people there,” said Sen. Mike Rounds, R-S.D. “Are they going to manage the secretary or is the secretary going to manage the VA?

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Pompeo vows to raise State Department morale

by Leigh Jones
Posted 4/12/18, 12:31 pm

Current CIA Director Mike Pompeo promised to raise morale at the State Department and make it central to the president’s policies and the country’s national security, if the Senate confirms him as the department’s new leader. President Donald Trump nominated Pompeo, a close ally, to the role in March after firing former Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.

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