Booker Challenges Pompeo On View That Homosexuality Is 'Perversion'

As crises swirl US Senate to grill Pompeo for secretary of state

Booker asked Pompeo about both of these stances during the hearing. The CIA chief told senators that he has been miscast as a "hawk" despite previous comments savaging the Iran accord and hinting at regime change in North Korea. But he wouldn't answer questions about the contents of the interview, arguing it would be improper since, as CIA director in charge of overseas intelligence gathering, he has been a "participant" in Mueller's probe.

Sen. Cory Booker of New Jersey pushed hard on secretary of state nominee Mike Pompeo over his alleged anti-gay views.

Pompeo was asked later whether he'd resign if Trump fired Mueller. "I don't recall what he asked me that day, precisely", Pompeo said. He said a long list of punitive actions taken under Trump show the USA takes the threat from Russian Federation seriously, adding that "we need to push back in each place we confront them", including the economic and cyber arenas.

Mr Pompeo declined to say that Mr Trump should pull out of the Iran nuclear deal unilaterally and pledged to counter Russia's attempts to undermine Western democracy.




Pompeo, now chief of the Central Intelligence Agency, has been nominated by U.S. President Donald Trump to replace Rex Tillerson, who was sacked by Trump from the post last month.

Pompeo equivocated when asked whether or not he still thought gay sex was a perversion.

Twitter users have responded to Pompeo's suggestion that Russian Federation is not exceptional, compared to the US.

"You're going to be dealing with Muslim states, and with Muslim issues, and I do not necessarily concur that you are [advancing] the values of our nation when you believe there are people in our country that are perverse, and when you think that you create different categories of Americans and their obligations when it comes to condemning violence", Booker said.

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