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‘Russian bad behavior’ to blame for tensions between U.S. and Moscow, Mike Pompeo says

Mike Pompeo testifies before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee during his confirmation hearing for secretary of State. CIA Director Mike Pompeo told senators Thursday at his confirmation hearing for secretary of State that he vows to promote democracy and end the “demoralizing” vacancies at the State Department. “If we do not lead the calls for democracy, prosperity and human rights around the world, who will?” Pompeo said during his testimony before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. “No other nation is equipped with the same blend of power and principle.” Pompeo, a former Republican Congressman from Kansas with a reputation for a hawkish approach to American security, has been a lightning rod for criticism from rights advocates and some Democrats who worry he’ll lead the president into war. Protesters interrupted the start of Pompeo’s hearing in the Senate, chanting, “No Pompeo” and “No more war.” In addressing his hawkish reputation, Pompeo said, “War is the last resort … and I know I work for a president who feels the same.” “The U.S. needs a military balance of power but “the best outcome are always won at the diplomatic table. … Diplomacy gives us a chance to achieve what we want peacefully,” he added. President Trump is in the process of deciding how to respond to an alleged chemical attack in Syria that has been blamed on forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar Assad, who Russia has pledged to protect. Trump taunted Russia Wednesday, saying on Twitter that missiles “will be coming, nice and new and ‘smart!’”

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