A look at Mike Pompeo's Congressional past and international future

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WASHINGTON (Gray DC) - Mike Pompeo joined the Trump administration in 2017 as Director of the CIA. He’s now President Trump’s pick to lead the State Department. He was first in his class at West Point, an aerospace CEO in Wichita, then a U.S. Congressman from Kansas. Six years in that seat gained him national attention.

Gordon Gray, a former U.S. ambassador to Tunisia, says we need more experience in the State Department.

One of his crusades was questioning, often criticizing, Hillary Clinton as part of the House Select Committee on Benghazi, which looked into the attack on a U.S. diplomatic compound in Libya in 2012, when Clinton was Secretary of State.

It soon could be him in that post, which he would assume amid tense relations between the U.S. and other nations, like North Korea and Iran, a country in which he has urged a change in regime. George Washington University’s Matt Dallek says Pompeo’s personal ties to the President can strengthen working relationships in this administration.

“Someone who’s very loyal to Trump. Someone who can be trusted, you know, to not call Trump a moron,” said Dallek.

Gordon Gray, former U.S. Ambassador to Tunisia, says Pompeo needs to focus on being a diplomat rather than a hard liner.

“I think we need cooler heads and experienced heads,” said Gray.

After Senators return from a two-week recess, they will hold hearings for Pompeo’s confirmation. Many say they’re waiting for the hearings to decide how they’ll vote on his confirmation. One person who is not waiting is Senator Rand Paul (R-KY). He says he’ll vote no.

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