WASHINGTON — CIA Director Mike Pompeo failed to disclose last year that he owned a Kansas business that imported oilfield equipment from a company owned by the Chinese government. That omission, on the questionnaire Pompeo was required to fill out for Senate confirmation to lead the spy agency, could cause a problem for him in Thursday’s confirmation hearing before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee to be President Trump’s Secretary of State. The issue with the Chinese company, which was confirmed in a series of documents obtained by McClatchy this week, never came up during his confirmation hearings last year. Many senators contacted Wednesday were reluctant to comment until they had more information. Sen. Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a committee member, said he was unfamiliar with the discrepancy, but said it was troubling. GOP Republicans return to work with Trump wish list in mind "If there’s an inconsistency in his questionnaire, that would be a matter … [Read more...] about Mike Pompeo didn’t mention he owned biz linked to Chinese government when he was confirmed as CIA chief
Mike Pompeo faces his Senate confirmation hearing Thursday to become secretary of State as the Trump administration grapples with a mounting series of international crises and challenges, including probable U.S. air raids in Syria, a likely withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal, and a possible summit with North Korea.If confirmed, the CIA director and Republican former member of Congress will take over a State Department that has been badly depleted by senior staff departures and a shrinking budget under President Trump.Pompeo’s confirmation isn’t assured. The Senate Foreign Relations Committee has a one-vote Republican majority — and one Republican, Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky, already has announced his opposition.If Pompeo does not gain any Democrats’ votes, the committee likely will pass his nomination “without recommendation” to the full Senate for a vote. That would prove embarrassing but not necessarily fatal since Pompeo has allies in … [Read more...] about Mike Pompeo, Trump’s pick for top diplomat, to face Senate confirmation hearing as international crises mount
Washington And The World Some unsolicited advice for America’s next secretary of state. Congratulations, Mike Pompeo—you’ve been nominated for the oldest and most prestigious position in the Cabinet, attempting to follow in the giant steps of secretaries of state like Thomas Jefferson, George Marshall and Dean Acheson. Thursday’s confirmation hearing is shaping up to be a tough one, with challenging questions from Democrats probing to see whether you’ll be willing to stand up to the president on foreign policy, and how you’ll ensure the State has the personnel and budget it needs to succeed. While some Republicans will use their time to give you a breather, Sen. Rand Paul, for one, will come at you hard with questions about your hawkish views on Iran and the use of military force in general. I worked at the State Department for more than 10 years, as a civil servant and a political appointee, in a wide range of positions. The good news is that if … [Read more...] about How Mike Pompeo Can Avoid Rex Tillerson’s Fate
FILE - In this May 11, 2017 file photo, CIA Director Mike Pompeo listens while testifying on Capitol Hill in Washington. The White House has tapped Pompeo to replace Secretary of State Rex Tillerson. (Copyright 2017 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.) Cultivating religious freedom worldwide is a major ingredient for our national security here at home. Mike Pompeo understands this, and will act on it, if confirmed as our next Secretary of State. It was one year ago when the sense of security of Egypt’s Coptic Christians was brutally interrupted as ISIS terrorists bombed two of their churches on Palm Sunday, killing 47 and injuring scores more. Even this community, already embattled by ongoing instability and expectations of attacks, was shaken by this tragic targeting in their places of worship. We, as Americans, who often take our security for granted should take this opportunity to remember those who cannot afford to do so. As we remember them, as a nation we … [Read more...] about Mike Pompeo, religious freedom and a safer world — how are these three things connected?
In the excitement over impending summits, we may have forgotten one other solution everyone was talking about, oh, just a month or two ago.Whatever happened to all the enthusiasm for forcing Kim Jong-Un out of his job by internal upheaval, external attack or maybe just a plain old heart attack? Just because he’s seeing President Moon Jae-In later next month and then maybe President Donald Trump in May, should we forget about “regime change”?The incoming secretary of state, Mike Pompeo, was known to call for “regime change” in Pyongyang when he was a member of the U.S. House of Representatives before Trump made him CIA director.Now what’s he telling the North Koreans as the U.S. top diplomat, whose job is to smooth relations with foes as well as friends? And how will the North Koreans view this emissary in talks that may or may not calm things on the Korean Peninsula?For quite a while “regime change” was on the tips of the wagging tongues … [Read more...] about GUEST COMMENTARY: Mike Pompeo, fact and fiction and North Korea