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Prospective US Secretary of State-designate Mike Pompeo on Thursday dismissed the idea of taking down Kim Jong-un's regime in North Korea, as Trump himself said a meeting would come soon.

Sen. Bob Menendez (D-NJ), the ranking member of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations hosting the confirmation hearing on Thursday, blasted Pompeo and the Trump administration as a whole for not being tough enough on Russian Federation.

Sen. Menendez insisted that President Trump refuses to issue a "robust response" to the Russian threat, stressing the administration has failed to impose congressionally-mandated sanctions on Russia for the Moscow's attack on US elections.

A spokesman for committee chairman Sen.

As the hearing wrapped up, Menendez recited a series of contradictory statements from Pompeo on issues ranging from the Iran deal to gay marriage before wondering aloud: "Which of the Mike Pompeos am I being asked to vote on?"

A committee vote is expected sometime later this month.

Mike Pompeo has never been accused of being green. Bob Corker on Capitol Hill in Washington, March 19, 2018.

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Pompeo gave the same qualified answer he'd given previously. During the hearing Thursday, Pompeo sought to portray diplomacy as preferable to military action.

Asked about climate change in a 2013 interview, he said, "I think the science needs to continue to develop...there are scientists who think lots of different things about climate change", he said. Cardin simply responded: "No". Will you go along with them?

Mr Pompeo's nomination comes as the Trump administration weighs military action in Syria over a suspected poison gas attack, which killed dozens of people and injured hundreds in the town of Douma. But Pompeo's record deserves serious scrutiny, because it's a record that includes support for domestic surveillance, opposition to a free press, and a call for the execution of Edward Snowden. "I stand by that view", Pompeo stated.

"In our view, it is essential for the nominee to repudiate his past anti-LGBT and anti-Muslim views and to renounce any associations with anti-Muslim conspiracy-haunted organizations".

Of course, Trump being Trump, there are always other quotes that can be used to refute nearly anything he has said.

Paul's position on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee could be critical to Pompeo's confirmation.

Democratic senators focused on whether Pompeo would avoid unnecessary wars and whether he is willing to be a voice of dissent when needed.

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And with Sen. John McCain still battling brain cancer and away from Capitol Hill, at least one Democrat will have to join with Republicans to see his confirmation through.

Ellison and Carson are the only two Muslim members of Congress, and Carson served on the House intelligence committee with Pompeo when Pompeo was a member in the House.

Pompeo said he would likely not resign as secretary of state if Trump were to fire Mueller.

Last month, Dawud Walid, the MI executive director of the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR), called Pompeo a "conspiracy theorist and a known anti-Muslim bigot".

On this issue, Pompeo said that Trump might have the authority to order missile strikes on Syria without congressional approval.

Pompeo, who served as a member of the House prior to being named Central Intelligence Agency director, was confirmed by the Senate in 2017 in a 66-32 vote, with a majority of Democrats voting against him.

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