EXCIA chief Mike Pompeo confirmed as secretary of state

Mike Pompeo (AFP)(BBC)- The US Senate has confirmed former CIA director Mike Pompeo as secretary of state, ending a tough confirmation battle.Mr Pompeo had been accused by Democrats of being a war hawk and harbouring anti-Muslim and homophobic views.The Senate voted 57-42 to approve him as America’s top diplomat, the second of the Trump presidency.His predecessor, Rex Tillerson, was sacked last month by the president via Twitter amid a personality clash.Republican senators, who control the upper chamber, voted unanimously on Thursday to confirm Mr Pompeo. Six Democrats joined them.The approval comes in time for Mr Pompeo to lead a US delegation to Nato foreign minister talks in Brussels this weekend.He has been arranging a summit between President Donald Trump and North Korea’s leader in the coming months. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedKhashoggi murder: Saudi crown prince ‘crazy’, says US senatorDecember 4, 2018In “World”Letter: Tillerson is gone, what does it mean for Guyana?March 14, 2018In “Letters”Trump sacks Tillerson as secretary of stateMarch 13, 2018In “World”