Pompeo praised as Secretary of State nominee

Roberts, Estes express confidence and support

Kansas Senator Pat Roberts issued a statement in support of the nomination of CIA director and former Kansas congressman Mike Pompeo as the new secretary of state. 

Roberts said Pompeo has always answered the call to serve and his military and intellligenced background will serve him well in leading the State Department.   Roberts introduced Pompeo at a hearing before the Senate Intelligence Committee in January, 2017 on the CIA nomination. 

Kansas congressman Ron Estes also issued a statement on Twitter calling Pompeo an excellent choice to serve as the nation's 70th Secretary of State.   Estes said he's confident that Pompeo will represent the U.S. well.  


Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer says he hopes CIA Director Mike Pompeo will ``turn over a new leaf'' as secretary of state and toughen policies toward Russia and its president, Vladimir Putin. 

Pompeo is President Donald Trump's pick to replace Secretary of State Rex Tillerson. 

Schumer says with the firing of Tillerson, ``instability of this administration in just about every area weakens America.'' 

Pompeo would need to be confirmed by the Senate. But Republicans have just a slim 51-seat majority, and confirmation is not certain. 

Schumer says, ``If he's confirmed, we hope that Mr. Pompeo will turn over a new leaf and will start toughening up our policies towards Russia and Putin.'' 

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