Other legitimate worries include Pompeo's climate skepticism, John Bolton-level militarism, past statements about Muslims and opposition to LGBT rights - a life-or-death issue in countries where homosexuality is criminalized.
"If we do not lead for democracy, for prosperity, for human rights around the world, than who will", said Pompeo during the hearing.
Donald Trump's pick for secretary of state told USA legislators on Thursday that fixing "the flaws" in the Iran nuclear deal would be a priority for him if given the job. "I don't recall what he asked me that day, precisely", Pompeo replied, adding that Trump "has never asked me to do anything remotely that I consider improper". "And there is a great deal of room between a military presence and war".
He gave similar lackluster answers on specific policy issues.
Under terse questioning from Bob Menendez, the ranking Democrat on the Senate foreign relations committee, Mr Pompeo said he had co-operated with special counsel Robert Mueller on his investigation into Russian election meddling.
Pompeo, who replaced axed Rex Tillerson, has previously sparked controversy over his view that Muslims and Christians are locked in an apocalyptic "holy war".
That cuts against Trump's efforts to use attrition to erode the bureaucracy, and it's not the only point in which Pompeo and Trump may not be on the same page. "In the event that we conclude that we can't fix this deal, that these serious shortcomings that you, Senator Cardin yourself, have identified, then the president is going to be given best advice". "I think we won the battle", Paul said.
As Pompeo literally began to babble, Booker pushed: "Yes or No?"
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Comex said it has revoked the approved status for warranting and delivery of the company's brands against the futures contract. Rusal is the second-largest aluminum maker in the world, while the United States is the largest importer of aluminium.
"It should not be easy to go to war".
"I cooperated", Mr Pompeo said.
Pompeo - who was part of a key meeting during which Trump reportedly asked for help intervening in the investigation - refused to answer questions about his conversations with the president or with Mueller. What behavior, if any, has the Kremlin shown that indicates it wants to "get along" with the United States or our allies?
In reference to a planned meeting between Trump and Kim in May or early June, Pompeo said: "President Trump isn't one to play games at the negotiating table - and I won't be either". He also declined to say if he'd resign in protest if Trump fired Mueller after reports that he is considering doing so. "A couple hundred Russians were killed", Pompeo told lawmakers. "It's one thing for him to have one missile capable of landing in Denver, Colo., and it's another thing for him to have an entire arsenal, and there are things we can do to keep that capability out of his hands", Pompeo said.
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"The CIA has saved countless Muslim lives during my tenure at the CIA", he said.
From there, the fireworks persisted with Pompeo insisting that he worked alongside same-sex couples at the Central Intelligence Agency and treated them with respect, and Booker continued to hammer away at him while asking, "Do you believe that gay sex is a perversion?".
"Senator, when I was a politician I had a very clear view on whether it was appropriate for two same-sex persons to marry".