Pompeo said that at the five-hour-long confirmation hearing of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, The National reported. "I stand by that", Pompeo replied, referring to his opposition to same-sex marriage.
Menendez said he did not believe Mueller would object to him speaking and called the nominee's reticence "troubling". And he disagreed with a Thursday morning tweet from Trump that blamed the special counsel Robert Mueller investigation for bad relations.
In his prepared remarks, Pompeo lashed out at China on issues ranging from intellectual property theft to exploiting "weak U.S. trade policy and leeched wealth and secrets" from the United States, adding that "China continues its provocation in the South and East China seas, in cyberspace, and even in outer space". "But the objective of the meeting is to address the threat to the United States."Last year, the North conducted its most powerful nuclear test and launched more than 20 missiles including two intermediate-range weapons that flew over Japan and another long-range missile that experts say puts the whole of the United States in striking distance, a critical milestone that Trump had vowed not to let happen".
"Pompeo will need to decide whether to resist - rather than encourage - one of the most alarming trends in US global engagement: the ongoing militarization of USA foreign policy". He said that in past negotiations the United States and the world had relaxed sanctions too quickly.
Pompeo said the United States must do more to enforce sanctions related to the so-called Magnitsky act and Countering America's Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (CAATSA) because Putin "has not yet received the message sufficiently".
Pompeo, a three-term congressman from the state of Kansas, did not respond to media reports days ahead of the hearing accusing him of having hidden business ties with the Chinese government.
Du Lan, an assistant research fellow at the China Institute of International Studies in Beijing, also said Pompeo's appointment as secretary of state would not ease Sino-US tensions.
That's a problem. Secretaries of State must be committed to diplomacy across the world and embrace the freedom and democracy that America stands for.
"We had very informative discussions", South Korea's Yonhap news agency quoted Chung as saying.
Pompeo, whom Trump nominated last month to replace Rex Tillerson, pushed for a speedy confirmation vote.
He brushed aside concerns that the administration's moves to modify a nuclear deal with Iran could make an agreement with North Korea more hard. If Trump abandons the certification, then economic sanctions on Iran resume, and that would probably upend the multinational nuclear accord.
Last year, North Korea accused Pompeo of favoring such a policy after he told a forum in July it was important to separate the country's nuclear weapons from the "character who holds the control over them". "I look forward to doing that if I'm confirmed as well, senator".
Pompeo said he was optimistic a course could be set at the Trump-Kim summit for a diplomatic outcome with North Korea, but added that no one was under any illusion that a comprehensive deal could be reached at that meeting. "It's a hypothetical. We're not at that point".
"Do you apologize to the Boston Muslim leadership for those comments?" Pompeo stressed that he would take a tougher stance against Russian Federation, including further sanctions.
Despite the security challenges facing the United States, it is not at all clear Pompeo will receive the Foreign Relations panel's support. If that would occur, Pompeo would need the support of at least one Democratic senator, given Paul's opposition and the continued absence of Sen.
Menendez also had stern words for Pompeo. "But the risk of decoupling will only increase each time we hear similar sentiments from POTUS or his national security principles."This was a "poor start for a prospective secretary of state on that score", he added". "Will you advocate for robust diplomacy or will you take America into unnecessary and costly wars?"