Secretary of State Nominee Mike Pompeo Testifies at Senate Hearing

As crises swirl US Senate to grill Pompeo for secretary of state

In declining to discuss his conversations with the president, Pompeo clarified that he wasn't asserting executive privilege. He maintained he wants to improve the Iran deal and would continue efforts to do so even if Trump withdraws from it as he has threatened.

He also promised to fill gaps in the State Department that have been left open since Mr Trump took office, warning that diplomats had become demoralised.

Pompeo was asked later whether he'd resign if Trump fired Mueller. "I mean, look at the election meddling, right?" said Pompeo.

"I think it's important as much as America has done for quite some time". Do you believe that gay sex is a perversion?' Pompeo's views on global issues are well known - he was questioned extensively by senators for his confirmation to run the Central Intelligence Agency - but Democratic senators have raised questions about his fitness to be top diplomat, given his hawkish views and past comments about minorities.




Pompeo said he didn't precisely recall the discussion, but said the suggestion that Trump asked him to do anything improper "is false".

Twitter users have responded to Pompeo's suggestion that Russian Federation is not exceptional, compared to the US.

As to the Taiwan Travel Act that took effect in March to bolster exchanges of visits by Taiwanese and US officials at all levels, Pompeo gave no answer when Gardner asked him: "What level would you authorize State Department personnel to visit Taiwan?"

"Senator, again I'm not going to talk about private conversations I've had with the president", Pompeo said.

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