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The U.S. Senate on a 57-42 vote on Thursday confirmed President Donald Trump's nominee Mike Pompeo as the new secretary of state after Trump abruptly fired Rex Tillerson in March.

The Senate on Thursday easily confirmed Mike Pompeo as the nation's 70th secretary of state, elevating the current C.I.A. director and an outspoken foreign policy hawk to be the nation's top diplomat, APA reports quoting The New York Times.

Pompeo replaces Rex Tillerson who was sacked in March.

Senator Ben Cardin, a senior Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said that attitude, and Pompeo's backing for Washington's withdrawal from the nuclear agreement if it can not be changed, were among reasons he opposed him.

Opponents also anxious that Pompeo was too hawkish, and said his past remarks about homosexuals and Islam made him unsuitable to represent the United States on the world stage. Mike brings years of public service and expertise to the job. The organization said in a press statement it delivered 33,656 petitions to the U.S. Senate Wednesday urging senators to reject Sen.

Many opponents also anxious that Pompeo would fail to serve as a counterbalance to what one Democratic senator called Trump's "worst instincts".

Weeks before his Senate confirmation, Pompeo secretly traveled to North Korea to meet Kim Jong Un and negotiate the expected breakthrough over Pyongyang's nuclear program.

Pompeo is a former Republican congressman from Kansas. That spending level, frequently incorrectly referred to by Trump as a contribution to North Atlantic Treaty Organisation itself, is particularly important given the allies need to combat increased Russian aggression, the official said.

President Donald Trump applauded the confirmation of his former Central Intelligence Agency director as secretary of state, calling him a "patriot".

Mr. Pompeo was once a voluble member of the Republican chorus opposing the pact.

Despite Mr Pompeo's huge workload, his appointment could be met with some relief at the State Department, which fractured under the controversial leadership of Mr Tillerson who left key posts unfilled and demoralised staff in his wake.

Sen. Robert Menendez, the top Democrat on the foreign relations panel, was a vocal opponent of Pompeo's confirmation, but said he did not think the bruising confirmation fight would leave Pompeo wounded.

Pompeo was officially sworn in soon after voting ended.

Pompeo's nomination faced a number of challenges over the last few days, and he took a lot of scrutiny for not disclosing his secret trip to North Korea. He served as a United States Cavalry officer patrolling the Iron Curtain before the fall of the Berlin Wall.