The Senate on Thursday easily confirmed Mike Pompeo as the nation’s 70th secretary of state, elevating the current CIA director and an outspoken foreign policy hawk to be the nation’s top diplomat. Pompeo was expected to be sworn in almost immediately after the vote, after which he planned to dash to Joint Base Andrews, where a plane was waiting to fly him to Brussels on his first trip abroad as secretary of state for a meeting of NATO allies. His confirmation seemed all but assured after Senator Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota, a Democrat who is running for re-election in a state that Mr. Trump won handily, said last week that she would support him. On Monday, two other moderate Democrats who are also running for re-election in states won by Mr. Trump, Senators Joe Manchin III of West Virginia and Joe Donnelly of Indiana, also pledged their support for his nomination.
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Sheila Samples is an Oklahoma writer and a former civilian US Army Public Information Officer. She is a Managing Editor for OpEd News, and a regular contributor for a variety of Internet sites.