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Pompeo confirmed as Trump`s 2nd secretary of state

 International Desk Daily-Bangladesh

 Published: 11:15 AM, 27 April 2018  

Mike Pompeo

Mike Pompeo

Former CIA director Mike Pompeo was sworn in as the 70th US secretary of state Thursday, after the US Senate voted to confirm him, ending a tough confirmation battle.

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, at a time when several high stakes negotiations are underway around the globe.

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 Pompeo. Six Democrats joined them.

Some of those Democrats, including North Dakota`s Heidi Heitkamp and West Virginia`s Joe Manchin, come from states that President Donald Trump won in 2016.

The approval comes in time for Pompeo, a former hardline conservative congressman from Kansas, to lead a US delegation to Nato foreign minister talks in Brussels this weekend.

In a statement, Trump applauded his new secretary of state as someone who "will always put the interests of America first".

"Having a patriot of Mike`s immense talent, energy, and intellect leading the Department of State will be an incredible asset for our country at this critical time in history," he added.

Pompeo has been arranging a summit between Trump and North Korea`s leader Kim Jong-un. The meeting could happen in the coming months.