"I've articulated my own personal views on this", Pompeo told the committee.
"I'm not advocating regime change" in North Korea, Pompeo - who is now director of the Central Intelligence Agency and is considered a hawk on North Korea and Iran - said in his Senate confirmation hearing on Thursday.
CIA Director Mike Pompeo, President Donald Trump's nominee to be secretary of state, said on Thursday he had been interviewed by Special Counsel Robert Mueller, who is investigating alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 US presidential election.
Evangelical Christian Pompeo, who said America had "endorsed perversion and called it an alternative lifestyle" began to reply, saying 'Senator, if I can?' Instead of embracing diplomacy, he has a shoot first, ask questions later attitude on the use of force, and I'm concerned he will reinforce, not check, President Trump's worst instincts.
The CIA director, now seeking to become the 70th USA secretary of state, is facing an uphill battle at his confirmation hearing, where one Republican and some Democrats are expected to oppose him.
"In Syria, now a handful of weeks ago, the Russians met their match and a couple hundred Russias were killed". Pompeo's confirmation hearing is expected to last much of the day.
'We have, I believe we have married gay couples at the Central Intelligence Agency. you should know, I treated them with the exact same set of rights'.
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"We expect Director Pompeo to be able to explain exactly what financial entanglement he had with the Chinese government and why he failed to disclose it", Juan Pachon, the committee's communications director, told MClatchy. One protester was removed from the hearing when she interrupted the procedure. Pat Roberts' opening statement.
Protesters are interrupting the start of current CIA Director Mike Pompeo's hearing in the Senate to be the next secretary of state.
An avowed opponent of the Iran nuclear deal, Pompeo said he'd work immediately if confirmed to "fix" the agreement that Trump has threatened to abandon if it's not strengthened.
The path to confirmation as the next secretary of state looks to be razor thin.
Prospective US Secretary of State-designate Mike Pompeo on Thursday dismissed the idea of taking down Kim Jong-un's regime in North Korea, as Trump himself said a meeting would come soon.
Pompeo, a former Republican congressman from Kansas, has a reputation for his hawkish approach to American security.
While in Congress, Pompeo voted against the repeal of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell", opposed expanding the Violence Against Women Act to include LGBT victims, and co-sponsored legislation permiting anti-LGBT discrimination under the guise of religious liberty.
He added that, given North Korea's conventional arsenal, that the US will still need to continue to provide a "strategic deterrence framework" in order to protect allies in the region. Pompeo says bad behavior by Russian Federation is responsible for the poor relationship between Washington and Moscow.