Wednesday, 19 September, 2018

Booker Challenges Pompeo On View That Homosexuality Is 'Perversion'

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Pompeo was asked later whether he'd resign if Trump fired Mueller. "I just need to look at that and frankly turn to the professionals at the State Department to give me guidance.", Pompeo said.

In addition to homosexuality, Booker also grilled Pompeo on his perspective of Muslim Americans. Pompeo said that his record at the Central Intelligence Agency and elsewhere proves he treats everyone equally and with respect, regardless of religion, gender or sexual orientation. He says the list of actions the administration has taken is "long".

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.

Mr Pompeo declined to say that Mr Trump should pull out of the Iran nuclear deal unilaterally and pledged to counter Russia's attempts to undermine Western democracy.

United States lawmakers support Syria airstrikes - mostly
He said the United States' response would integrate "all instruments of our power", including diplomatic and economic avenues. Just weeks ago, Trump said he wanted to end US involvement in Syria and bring American troops home to focus on the homeland.

Russian Federation has been spying on Skripals for five years, security adviser says
The Skripals were targeted by a nerve agent attack that left both of them critically ill for weeks. Her father remains in the hospital but British health officials say he is improving.

WMO retires hurricane names Harvey, Irma, Maria, and Nate
Irma lashed the Caribbean and the U.S., making seven separate landfalls as it tore across the islands and the Southeast U.S. It made another landfall in Puerto Rico as a Category 4, becoming the strongest storm to hit the island since 1928.

Mike Pompeo, proposed as the new secretary of state, said the USA may at some point have to "move past diplomacy" to stop the regime's nuclear programme. Pompeo suggests the US needs to impose more sanctions on Russian Federation.

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?"

In his testimony, Pompeo confirmed for the first time that he's been interviewed by the team of special counsel Mueller, who is investigating possible ties between Russian Federation and Trump's presidential campaign as well as possible obstruction of justice issues.

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