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CIA Director Mike Pompeo testifies before a Senate Foreign Relations Committee confirmation hearing on his nomination to be secretary of state on April 12.

Pompeo's nomination faces stiff opposition from a handful of Republicans and many Democrats as well as supporters of the Iran nuclear deal, environmentalists and minority rights groups, and his testimony before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee appeared created to blunt their criticism.

Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) went after Pompeo over his claims that Muslims have a special obligation to denounce extremism and that gays should not be permitted to marry. Pompeo also did not directly answer Booker's question about whether he thinks "being gay is a perversion".

Booker repeated the question, and Pompeo tried to avoid answering it directly, stressing instead that he would respect every individual working at the State Department in the same way regardless of their sexual orientation.

Pompeo says that bolstering the Iran nuclear deal will be a priority if he's confirmed as the nation's top diplomat.

Mr Pompeo refused to speculate about Washington's next step if this did not happen.

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"Someone [Gabriel] who runs an organization that has been considered a hate group by the Anti-Defamation League and the Southern Poverty Law Center".

Booker was referencing a 2015 speech when, as a congressman, Pompeo cited a prayer by the Rev. Joe Wright: "America had worshiped other Gods and called it multiculturalism".

That's like saying "I am certain I have never left my house for the last three days" but also noting that "I can't recall what I did on Wednesday night".

President Donald Trump's pick to become Washington's top diplomat pledged Thursday to work with U.S. allies to strengthen the Iran deal and played down fears he is bent on regime change in North Korea.

The former Kansas congressman emphasized he has a record, including in the Central Intelligence Agency, of treating every employee fairly, regardless of sexual orientation.

"Russia continues to act aggressively, enabled by years of soft policy toward that aggression", Pompeo says in his prepared remarks.

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"An effective secretary of state must be able to prioritize the issues for the president and attempt to drown out the noise and chaos that can so often distract and bog down the leader of the free world from making sound and informed decisions", he said.

Despite several Democratic attempts, Pompeo also repeatedly declined to weigh in on Trump's repeated denunciations of Special Counsel Robert Mueller's Russian Federation investigation. Trump in the coming days is also expected to potentially authorize a military strike against Syria after President Bashar al-Assad's regime used chemical weapons to attack a one-time rebel stronghold outside of the country's capital of Damascus.

While India did not figure even once in his 13-page opening testimony during his confirmation hearing, Pompeo identified China, Russia, Iran and North Korea as the major challenges.

In his prepared remarks, Mr Pompeo also addressed key issues that will be on his plate as secretary of state, including Russian Federation and Iran. Trump said: "He will be a great Secretary of State!"

Pompeo said he believes Russian Federation interfered in the 2016 US election. Mr Trump has said he will abandon the accord by May 12th, if his team can not fix what Mr Pompeo described as its "most egregious flaws". Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-D.C.) are among the members of the U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday who signed a letter to Corker and Menendez that urges the committee to vote against Pompeo's nomination.

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