Published: Fri, April 13, 2018
Worldwide | By Victor Meyer

In Hearing, Mike Pompeo Won't Back Off Anti-LGBT Views

In Hearing, Mike Pompeo Won't Back Off Anti-LGBT Views

"If I am confirmed as secretary of state I can assure you this administration will proceed as a result of it has for the earlier 15 months to take precise actions, to push once more, to re-set the deterrence relationship with respect to Russian Federation", he said.

In his prepared remarks, Mr Pompeo also addressed key issues that will be on his plate as secretary of state, including Russian Federation and Iran. "It's the same view".

Mr Pompeo said Russia's push into Ukraine and other countries needed to be curbed. Merkley explained that he was asking about Bolton's statements because Americans want to know whether "a war cabinet of John Bolton and Mike Pompeo" is being assembled, moving the country toward "another poorly thought-through mistake like our war on Iraq". Booker asked the nominee directly, "Is being gay a perversion?".

"My relationship with President Trump is due to one thing: We've demonstrated value to him at the Central Intelligence Agency".

"So do you not believe it is appropriate for two gay people to marry?"

Pompeo: "Senator, I'm going to give you the same answer I just gave you previously".

The Human Rights Campaign and Lambda Legal are among the dozens of LGBT and civil rights organizations that have come out against Pompeo's nomination because of his previous statements against homosexuality, marriage rights for same-sex couples, Muslims and other issues.

But Sen. Booker cut across him, repeating: 'Yes or no? "We'd endorsed perversion and called it an alternative lifestyle", Pompeo said. Numerous Muslim-American leaders did indeed condemn the attack. The state department is also struggling with numerous vacancies and the threat of cuts to a third of its budget, prompting current and former officials to bemoan the collapse of USA diplomacy.

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During intense questioning from Senator Rand Paul (R-Ky.), Pompeo confirmed the USA will remain in Afghanistan indefinitely until "we can greatly diminish the threat to our homeland from terrorism that may emanate there". He said some people are "better positioned" to respond to "certain types of violence".

He added that "when it comes to making sure we don't have terrorists brewing in places where Muslims congregate, there is a special place ... it's more than a duty, it's an opportunity". Gaffney, an ex-Pentagon official, furthered conspiracy theories that the Muslim Brotherhood has infiltrated the United States government, society, and even possibly the presidency.

Mr Pompeo refused to speculate about Washington's next step if this did not happen.

Booker finished by saying to Pompeo that he doesn't think his beliefs reflect the nation's values.

But Senator Lindsey Graham, a Republican hawk on foreign policy, said Pompeo is "the right guy at the right time" to lead State through a "dangerous" global period.

Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., who has vowed to oppose Pompeo's nomination, questioned why the United States is still in Afghanistan.

"Someone [Gabriel] who runs an organization that has been considered a hate group by the Anti-Defamation League and the Southern Poverty Law Center". You can't simultaneously have total recall that you have never been asked something and be uncertain about a certain conversation in which you might have been asked something. Booker asked. "Yes or no, sir?" And I fear that Director Pompeo has no specific plan to rebuild the morale or strengthen the workforce at a State Department that has been hollowed out by this administration.

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