Mike Pompeo is sworn in as secretary of state

The Democrats who voted for Pompeo all have one thing in common

But after barely getting the nomination past the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Pompeo was easily confirmed by the entire body in a vote of 57-42, with a handful of Democratic senators facing tough re-election battles voting in favor.

President Donald Trump is applauding the Senate's confirmation of Mike Pompeo as secretary of state.

Last year, Pompeo had little trouble clinching the confirmation to be the director of the Central Intelligence Agency.

Pompeo is expected to be sworn into office immediately and then depart within hours of the vote for Europe on his first trip as secretary of state.

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"He's the flawless person to come in at this time and lead those efforts", Republican Senator Bob Corker, who chairs the foreign relations panel, said on the Senate floor moments before Pompeo was confirmed.

The outgoing Central Intelligence Agency director secured support from 57 senators, with 42 voting no and one senator absent.

It is very unusual for a secretary of state nominee to face such opposition.

Pompeo, a former Army officer who was a Republican congressman, is regarded as a Trump loyalist with hawkish world views. He is expected to be sworn in nearly immediately so he can begin serving as top diplomat.

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The U.S. Senate voted on Thursday to approve former Central Intelligence Agency director Mike Pompeo as secretary of state, after a bruising battle by Democrats against President Donald Trump's nominee. He was confirmed by the full Senate in a 66-32 vote at the time. The White House has also released a photo of Pompeo shaking hands with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un during their secret meeting over Easter weekend.

Pompeo has been deeply engaged in the administration's efforts on North Korea and recently traveled to Pyongyang.

Pompeo is expected to be sworn in nearly immediately.

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