"Will you champion our values when the president embraces dictators who quash the free press or suggest doing away with elections?" Rand Paul, who urged him to stick close to the president's anti-interventionist instincts.
"As our nation's top diplomat, will you champion diplomacy and offer actual plans?"
The two lawmakers are not alone in their reservations about President Donald Trump's nominee. Instead, he mentioned being employee of the month at Baskin Robbins (twice), being very good at the game of corn hole, and loving his dog.
But in excerpts released Wednesday by the White House, Pompeo says that while Tehran has paid "too low a price" for its behavior, Pompeo and Trump are prepared to revise the nuclear deal "to fix its most egregious flaws".
"War is always the last resort".
Sen. Ben Cardin, a Democrat from Maryland, questioned Pompeo on his opinion of the Paris climate agreement, and whether he stood by an earlier statement that the "science is inconclusive".
In a later exchange, Pompeo added, "Iran wasn't racing to a weapon before the deal".
Massachusetts Sen. Ed Markey, a Democrat, explained that he was anxious that if the meeting between the two leaders goes badly, new Trump National Security Advisor John Bolton will encourage a USA military strike. Tim Kaine (D-Va.)-joined every Republican except Paul in voting to confirm Pompeo as Central Intelligence Agency chief.
Trump nominated Pompeo to be secretary of state in March to replace Rex Tillerson. Sanctions waivers that would preserve the deal are up for renewal in May. "There is no indication that I'm aware of that, if the deal no longer existed, that they would immediately turn to racing to create a nuclear weapon today". The commander in chief has requested in-person intelligence briefings from Pompeo several times a week during his time as CIA director, and Pompeo often accompanies Trump to other meetings during the day after the briefings. Pompeo didn't answer the question, only saying that his record was "unambiguous" on the matter. Along the way, he admitted that he won't resign if Trump fires Special Counsel Robert Mueller, and then Sen. "I don't think that has been disputed by Republicans or Democrats throughout an extended period of time".
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The feature is also creeping into applications such as Instagram , who have started rolling out something called a " Focus " mode. It will only be available for selected Android devices only, and you have to have specifically at least Android 5 or later.
United States intelligence agencies concluded a year ago that Russian Federation interfered in the campaign in hopes of tilting the election in Trump's favour.
But he said the president had never asked him to do anything improper.
Sen. Jeff Merkley, D-Ore., asked Pompeo whether he agreed with a number of hawkish statements toward North Korea, Cuba, and Iraq by John Bolton, Trump's new national security adviser.
"Senator, I continue to hold that view".
"The stakes are high for everyone, but I believe them to be the highest for the North Korean regime".
Pompeo also told senators he would work to bolster morale at the State Department and seek to fill positions that went unfilled during Tillerson's tenure.
On issues from Russian Federation to Iran to Syria, Democrats tried to see how much daylight there is between Pompeo's views and the president's.