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>> CIA Director, Mike Pompeo, on Capitol Hill Thursday, facing a tough Senate confirmation hearing as President Trump's pick to replace Rex Tillerson as the next Secretary of State.>> Will you stand up to President Trump and say, no, you're wrong in that view, Mr President, or will you be a yes man?
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>> Reuters Deputy Editor Yara Bayoumy.>> Mike Pompeo, since being named CIA Director by Donald Trump, is one of, has appeared to be and has emerged as one of his closest confidant. We have heard that he, and we know actually that he is very close with President Trump in a lot of his thinking on a lot of the foreign policy issues that appear to be of a priority for Trump.
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It may raise some concerns among some senators of whether Pompeo will be able to speak up enough about issues where he may differ with Trump and offer a more contrarian decision to Trump's.>> In preparation for Thursday's grilling, Pompeo reportedly sought the advice of former secretaries of state, including Hillary Clinton, who'll be excoriated in hearings over the 2012 attacks in Benghazi.
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>> Morally reprehensible.>> And John Kerry, who recently warned against the US leaving the Iran nuclear deal, an agreement he brokered.>> Pompeo is very much an Iran hawk. He has criticized the nuclear deal before. He has criticized the regime on many occasions.>> What is your view?
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Is it better to pull out of an agreement that Iran is in compliance with if we can't fix it, or is it better to stay in the agreement as the->> Senator->> Yes or no?>> No, Senator, it's not a yes or no question because it's a hypothetical, we're not at that point.
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>> Pompeo, if confirmed, has to hit the ground running with warnings of imminent military action in Syria and a possible summit with North Korea on the horizon.>>
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