WASHINGTON (WOOD) — CIA Director Mike Pompeo faced Senators’ questions on Capitol Hill Thursday during his confirmation hearing to become the next Secretary of State.
The questions centered around his views of diplomacy versus military action and how he perceives the current impasse with Russia.
The former congressman from Kansas is a self-proclaimed supporter of limited government and individual responsibility. He is equally well known for his views on military action, with some calling him a “hawk” when it comes the using force.
The current CIA director and former cavalry officer in the U.S. Army dismissed that idea saying those who have seen combat firsthand are not anxious to send others into the same circumstances
“There’s no one like someone who served in uniform, who understands the value of diplomacy and terror and tragedy that is war,” Pompeo said.
“It’s the last resort; it must always be so. And I intend to work to achieve the president’s policies with diplomacy rather than sending our young men and women to war,” he added.
While in Grand Rapids to celebrate what would’ve been first lady Betty Ford’s centennial birthday, Hillary Clinton, weighed in on the next person who may lead the department she once guided.
“The new nominee, Mike Pompeo, who’s been serving I guess the last 18 months, you know, at the CIA, called me. Now for any of you that followed the Benghazi hearings, all nine of them, that might surprise you because he certainly went after me. To no avail I might add, but nevertheless, he did. So, he called me and wanted to talk about the State Department. And I was happy to talk to him because I think we have to get back to talking to each other and more importantly listening to each other, and we can’t allow the partisanship and the politicization of everything.”
When it comes to the current situation with Russia, Pompeo says he blames that largely on that country’s “bad behavior.”
If no Democrats vote in favor of Pompeo’s confirmation, Republicans can only afford to lose one vote in their ranks.