As Tillerson Exits, Nominees Prepare For The Hot Seat

Published on 14 Mar 2018, 15:18
President Donald Trump's two new cabinet nominees are expected to be greeted with some very tough questions at their Senate confirmation hearings. Specifically, they're sure to be asked about the administration's posture toward Russia, the possibility of an unprecedented summit with North Korea, the Iranian nuclear deal--and torture. The president's abrupt firing of Secretary of State Rex Tillerson Tuesday set off a chain reaction that has the Senate now preparing for two new confirmation hearings at a tumultuous time on the foreign policy and national security front. According to NBC News, the selection of current CIA Director Mike Pompeo to head the State Department and career intelligence officer Gina Haspel to run the CIA also comes as Congress is approaching peak campaign season and already struggling to pass several politically complicated measures. For Democrats and some GOP critics, the confirmation hearings for the high-profile positions are expected to be an opportunity to scrutinize both the nominees and the president's policies.

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