Senate confirms CIA Director Mike Pompeo to be Trump’s second secretary of state

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WASHINGTON — Outgoing CIA Director Mike Pompeo was confirmed to become secretary of state on Thursday.

The Republican-controlled Senate approved Pompeo’s onfirmation, 57-42.

Pompeo’s confirmation narrowly made it out of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Monday after last-minute support from Republican Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky.

Pompeo will replace Rex Tillerson, the former Exxon Mobil CEO who was fired by President Donald Trump on Twitter last month.

Pompeo is expected to be sworn in almost immediately.

A long list of pressing issues awaits him including a decision on the Iran nuclear deal and Trump’s upcoming summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

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