Pompeo has already been involved in the preparations from his Central Intelligence Agency position, but as secretary of state he would have a more public role.
Just before the hearing, President Donald Trump wished Pompeo good luck on Twitter. James Risch (R-Idaho), who is widely expected to lead the foreign relations committee when the current chairman, Sen.
"Will you be working from crisis to crisis?" In recent briefings with State Department staffers "they all, to a person, expressed a hope to be empowered in their roles, and to have a clear understanding of the President's mission", he said. Pompeo joined other members of the president's national security staff to warn that doing so would be a mistake, CNN reported.
Pompeo said it is not a "yes or no" question because it is a hypothetical, noting the May 12 deadline to decide whether to bring back previously waived sanctions against Iran.
The CIA director will pledge to make it "an immediate personal priority" for his department to work with USA allies in order to "fix" the nuclear deal, which was signed between Iran on one side and the US, the UK, France, China, Russia and Germany on the other.
Leaving no stone unturned, Menendez also grilled Pompeo on conversations he's had with the president regarding special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election.
Coats later reported that conversation with other officials, and decided that it would be improper to intervene with the Federal Bureau of Investigation, according to the Post.
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".
Pompeo is to say "President Trump isn't one to play games at the negotiating table, and I won't be either".
The CIA chief was also peppered with questions regarding his personal views on national security policies, particularly as they relate to North Korea and Iran.
Listing the measures taken by the Trump White House to tame Moscow, Pompeo mentioned the planned USA military build-up, modernization of its nuclear arsenal, as well as rounds of punitive measures against Russian Federation.
"Mr. Pompeo's long, documented record of anti-Muslim prejudice threatens to undermine the essential work our Secretary of State does in representing American interests and values overseas", Greenblatt said.
"It depends, clearly, if we're close ..."
"I want to fix this deal". "That's the objective. I think that's in the best interests of (the United States)".
Separately, Trump on Thursday commended China for helping set up a meeting with Kim, a process that is ongoing.
And despite suggesting when he was a House lawmaker that military strikes on Tehran would take care of Iran's nuclear program, Pompeo said Thursday that "my view is that the solution to preventing Iran from getting a nuclear weapon and finding ourselves in the same place we are in North Korea in Iran is diplomacy".
While in Congress, Pompeo voted against the repeal of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell", opposed expanding the Violence Against Women Act to include LGBT victims, and co-sponsored legislation permiting anti-LGBT discrimination under the guise of religious liberty. Thursday was no exception.
Pompeo has also been labeled as "anti-Muslim" based in part on remarks he made in 2014 to a church group while serving as the representative of Kansas's 4th District.
"Do you believe gay sex is a perversion, yes or no?"