Mike Pompeo Narrowly Greenlit To Be Secretary Of State By Foreign Affairs Committee

Secretary of State-designate Mike Pompeo smiles after his introduction before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee during a confirmation Thursday, April 12, 2018 on Capitol Hill in Washington.
Secretary of State-designate Mike Pompeo smiles after his introduction before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee during a confirmation Thursday, April 12, 2018 on Capitol Hill in Washington. Jacquelyn Martin / AP Photo
Secretary of State-designate Mike Pompeo smiles after his introduction before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee during a confirmation Thursday, April 12, 2018 on Capitol Hill in Washington.
Secretary of State-designate Mike Pompeo smiles after his introduction before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee during a confirmation Thursday, April 12, 2018 on Capitol Hill in Washington. Jacquelyn Martin / AP Photo

Mike Pompeo Narrowly Greenlit To Be Secretary Of State By Foreign Affairs Committee

CIA director Mike Pompeo has been grilled for weeks before the Senate Foreign Affairs committee, hoping to lead the State Department. This comes after the short-lived Secretary of State term of former Exxon executive Rex Tillerson ended last month. Pompeo has been controversial, both as a former Kansas congressman and as CIA director, including anti-Muslim comments. For a moment, it looked like the Senate Foreign Affairs Committee wouldn’t recommend Pompeo, which would have been the first “no” vote since 1925. But after a last-minute vote change from libertarian Sen. Rand Paul, Pompeo got through. “I will say this about Rand Paul: he’s never let me down,” Trump said last week. “Rand Paul is a very special guy as far as I’m concerned.”

Global affairs staff writer at The Atlantic Uri Friedman joins Worldview to discuss Pompeo and the future of the State Department.