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Mike Pompeo Confirmed to be Secretary of State

The outgoing CIA director secured support from 57 senators.

Posted: Apr 26, 2018 11:27 AM
Updated: Apr 26, 2018 3:39 PM

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Senate has narrowly confirmed Mike Pompeo to be secretary of state.

The outgoing CIA director secured support from 57 senators, with 42 voting no and one senator absent. It's one of the slimmest margins for the job in recent history. Every past nominee since at least the Carter administration has received 85 or more yes votes, with the exception of Trump's first secretary of state, Rex Tillerson. He got 56 yes votes.

Pompeo, a former Republican congressman from Kansas, has been deeply engaged in the administration's efforts on North Korea and recently traveled to Pyongyang.

Pompeo says he's "humbled by the responsibility" of serving as secretary of state as he departs on his first trip as America's top diplomat.

Pompeo was sworn in Thursday shortly after being confirmed by the Senate. He immediately headed to Andrews Air Force Base to fly to Brussels.

State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert relayed the statement from Pompeo. Pompeo said Thursday that he is "delighted to be secretary of state" and is "looking forward to serving the American people and getting to work right away."

Pompeo, the former CIA director, was sworn in by Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito. He says he's admired Alito "for a long time."

Supreme Court spokeswoman Kathy Arberg says that Alito, an Italian-American, "was proud to swear in the first Italian-American secretary of state."

 

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