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Pompeo Gets Testy Over 'Insulting' N. Korea Question

And Trump isn't too pleased with the media, either

(Newser) - President Trump was formally nominated for the 2019 Nobel Peace Prize in early May, with the House of Representatives members who submitted the nomination citing his efforts to broker peace on the Korean peninsula. Now, a second nomination, this time out of Norway. The AP reports two lawmakers with the... More »

More Americans Sent Home Amid China 'Sonic Attack' Fears

Consulate workers suffered 'neurological symptoms'

(Newser) - Something strange is happening to American diplomats and their families at a US Consulate in China—and it has disturbing echoes of the mysterious attacks on Americans in Cuba. The State Department evacuated at least two more Americans from China Wednesday after they fell ill with what one of them,... More »

North Koreans Will Deliver Letter From Kim to Trump

'I am confident we are moving in the right direction,' Pompeo says

(Newser) - A top aide to Kim Jong Un will make a rare visit to Washington Friday to hand a letter from the North Korean leader to President Trump, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said after reporting "good progress" in talks between the two sides to revive an on-again, off-again nuclear... More »

Trump Caught Between Pompeo, Bolton on Summit, Sources Say

He ultimately sided with Bolton

(Newser) - The summit between the US and North Korea is off , at least for now—and officials tell NBC News it's because President Trump wanted to nix things before Kim Jong Un had a chance to. "He doesn't want to be the bride left at the altar,"... More »

US Gives Iran New List of Demands

Secretary of state Pompeo wants Tehran to pull all troops out of Syria, among other things

(Newser) - Now that the US has withdrawn from the 2015 nuclear accord with Iran, what would it take to strike a new deal? A lot, as Secretary of State Mike Pompeo revealed Monday in a speech outlining US demands, reports the Wall Street Journal , the AP , CNN , and Al Jazeera . Pompeo... More »

In Wee Hours, Trump Welcomes Home '3 Really Great People'

Three former prisoners arrived back in US from North Korea early Thursday

(Newser) - A proud moment for President Trump: Trump, accompanied by Melania Trump, Mike Pence, and Karen Pence, was on hand to welcome three former prisoners back from North Korea at Joint Base Andrews outside Washington early Thursday, the AP reports. Kim Dong Chul, Kim Hak Song, and Kim Sang Duk were... More »

Pompeo Seemingly Stumbles on Kim Jong Un's Name

NYT reports he referred to 'Chairman Un' while en route to North Korea

(Newser) - Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is making his second visit to Pyongyang and South Korean officials say he will probably bring three detained Americans home with him. Pompeo arrived in Pyongyang Wednesday for meetings with Kim Jong Chol, director of the North's agency for inter-Korean relations, reports Reuters . An... More »

Trump's Pick to Replace Tillerson Gets the Job

Mike Pompeo is cleared by the Senate in one of the narrowest margins in recent history

(Newser) - The Rex Tillerson era is officially over. The Senate on Thursday confirmed Mike Pompeo to be the next secretary of state by a vote of 57-42, reports the AP . The confirmation of Pompeo, who is leaving his job as director of the CIA for the new position, had been in... More »

Thanks to Last-Minute Switch, Pompeo Clears Senate Panel

Rand Paul changed his mind in the 11th hour

(Newser) - President Trump's choice for secretary of state, Mike Pompeo, has cleared the Senate Foreign Relations Committee with a favorable recommendation, narrowly avoiding a rare rebuke as his confirmation heads to the full Senate. Democrats put up stiff resistance and voted against Pompeo, who's currently the CIA director. Only... More »

Pompeo's Nomination Gets Key Boost

Democratic senator Heidi Heitkamp says she'll vote to confirm him

(Newser) - Mike Pompeo's nomination for secretary of state received a boost Thursday with support from Democratic Sen. Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota as Republicans warned lawmakers not to reject President Trump's choice for top diplomat ahead of North Korea talks. Just a handful of senators could determine Pompeo's... More »

Nikki Haley's Retort Sends Message to Trump

UN ambassador shows she won't quietly take public humiliation from the White House

(Newser) - Nikki Haley is getting a lot of attention for her not-so-subtle rejoinder to the White House. It all began when the UN ambassador declared that the US would be imposing new sanctions on Russia, only to have President Trump change his mind about them. When Trump economics adviser Larry Kudlow... More »

Pompeo Secretly Visited North Korea, Met Kim

Talks took place over Easter weekend

(Newser) - CIA Director Mike Pompeo secretly travelled to Pyongyang over Easter weekend to meet Kim Jong Un for the highest-level direct talks between the US and North Korea since Madeleine Albright's visit as secretary of state in 2000, sources tell the Washington Post and the AP . Pompeo made the highly... More »

Pompeo Breaks With Trump on Russia During Senate Hearing

But dodges Mueller questions

(Newser) - Aiming to quell concerns before what is likely to be a narrow confirmation vote, Secretary of State-designate Mike Pompeo vowed on Thursday to ramp up efforts against Russia in "each place we confront them." But he ducked and dodged when asked whether he supports President Donald Trump's... More »

Tillerson Got a Warning: 'You May Get a Tweet'

Fired secretary of state says he'll return to private life as 'proud American'

(Newser) - Right on the heels of the news that Rex Tillerson was out as secretary of state came the news that Tillerson didn't know he was out as secretary of state and only learned that CIA Director Mike Pompeo was replacing him when the rest of the world did. Tillerson... More »

First Female Nominee to Lead CIA Has Controversial Resume

Gina Haspel has ties to agency's waterboarding program

(Newser) - With his decision to move CIA chief Mike Pompeo into the post of secretary of state, President Trump made a little history. He also nominated Gina Haspel to replace Pompeo, thus setting her up to be the first woman to run the spy agency. The nomination must be confirmed by... More »

Tillerson Unexpectedly at White House After News of Plan

The 'New York Times' says a plan for his ouster is in place

(Newser) - Rumors of a planned ouster of Rex Tillerson are nothing new, but the New York Times reports it's learned of an actual plan to do so. Unnamed senior White House officials tell the paper that chief of staff John Kelly has created a transition plan, to be put... More »

CIA Weighs In After Trump Sides With Putin on Election Meddling

Director Mike Pompeo 'stands by' report of Russian intereference

(Newser) - Despite President Trump calling them "political hacks" on Saturday, CIA director Mike Pompeo "stands by" a report issued by the intelligence community that found Russia tried to influence the 2016 election with the aim of getting Trump elected, the Hill reports. "The intelligence assessment with regard to... More »

In a Shift, CIA Units Now Going After Taliban

Agency takes more aggressive approach in Afghanistan under Pompeo, Trump

(Newser) - CIA director Mike Pompeo has talked about the need to be more "aggressive" against militants, and the New York Times reports that his words are turning into reality in Afghanistan. The agency is ramping up its mission against the Taliban in the country, sending out small paramilitary units with... More »

Sources Float Name of Possible Replacement for Tillerson

CIA Director Mike Pompeo, as Trump's rift with current secretary of state reportedly deepens

(Newser) - It's been a tumultuous week on the Tillerson-Trump front, with the secretary of state forced to hold a presser to address rumors he'd once nearly resigned (he denied that) and that he'd called the president a moron (he didn't say either way, though a spokeswoman later... More »

Harvard Withdraws Chelsea Manning Offer

University faced backlash from intelligence officials

(Newser) - Harvard University has withdrawn a fellowship invitation to Chelsea Manning after outrage from intelligence officials, including CIA Director Mike Pompeo, who canceled a Thursday speaking engagement and called her an "American traitor." Douglas Elmendorf, dean of Harvard Kennedy School, says Manning is still invited to speak at the... More »

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