Pompeo: US airstrikes in February killed 'a couple hundred Russians'

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However, Senate Democrats may refuse to vote in favour of Pompeo with U.S. midterm elections approaching in November and Democrats eyeing sweeping victories due to the unpopularity of President Donald Trump.

Throughout the hearing, he drew a sharp contrast with his ousted predecessor, Rex Tillerson.

Menendez, the committee's top Democrat, appeared skeptical that Mueller would prohibit Pompeo from discussing the interview.

He cast his close connection to Trump as an advantage that would help him restore the significance of the department.

Trump has spoken highly of Pompeo, as has a group of 53 national security experts, who sent a letter to Republican Senator Bob Corker, the chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, saying Pompeo is "the sort of seasoned, accomplished and energetic national security policy practitioner our nation desperately needs at this juncture in the role of secretary of state". "So, in turn, he has come to rely on us", Pompeo said.

"I have cooperated with multiple investigations, while the investigation continues, I think that's the appropriate way to approach it", Pompeo said. He said a long list of punitive actions taken under Trump show the USA takes the threat from Russian Federation seriously, adding that "we need to push back in each place we confront them", including the economic and cyber arenas.

Pompeo's response did not make much sense.

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But on Thursday, he strove to emphasize that he would work to "fix" the deal with skeptical European allies by a May 12 deadline. Still, he affirmed that he won't support staying in over the long term unless more restrictions are placed on Tehran.

"The US regularly violates national sovereignty of other countries by interfering in their domestic affairs".

"Of course, we will not leave this current and any new anti-Russian attack without a harsh answer", Russia's Foreign Ministry said in a statement then. He's also spoken to all eight living former secretaries - including Hillary Clinton, whom he famously criticized over the 2012 attack on US facilities in Benghazi, Libya.

He was confirmed to his position as Central Intelligence Agency director a year ago in a vote of 66 to 32, with 14 Democrats voting for his appointment.

The report details a March 22, 2017 White House meeting between Trump and intelligence officials.

Pompeo declined to discuss "private conversations" with the president, but asserted that Trump never asked him to do anything improper.