Clinton advises Pompeo to stop ‘purge’ at State Dept.

Former Secretary of State Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonDems flip New York state seat that Republicans have held for nearly four decades Dems win majority in New York Senate, but won't control it Chelsea Clinton hits back at NYT reporter over details in new book MORE said Wednesday she recently urged Mike PompeoMichael (Mike) Richard PompeoOvernight Defense: VA nominee on the ropes | White House signals it will fight for pick | Trump talks Syria with Macron | McConnell tees up Pompeo vote Schumer to oppose Pompeo as secretary of State McConnell tees up Pompeo nomination after dramatic committee vote MORE, President TrumpDonald John TrumpRepublicans hold on to Arizona House seat Dems win majority in New York Senate, but won't control it Mulvaney to bankers: Campaign donations will help limit consumer bureau's power MORE's pick to lead the State Department, to retain senior career officials to handle global crises should he be confirmed.

Clinton, who served as secretary of State from 2009-2013 under former President Obama, said during an event in Michigan that she warned Pompeo against a "purge" of experienced administration officials when he called her recently.

"I told him that I thought he should take a hard look at retaining career diplomats who could advise him. Because you never know what might happen. You never know where the next hot spot or crisis will happen," Clinton said.

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Clinton said she was "deeply concerned" over the mass exodus of "some of the most qualified foreign service officers" over the past year and a half under recently ousted Secretary of State Rex TillersonRex Wayne TillersonRand's reversal advances Pompeo Frequent Trump critics NY Daily News, USA Today editorial boards back Pompeo Sarah Sanders: Dems have to decide if they love the US more than they hate Trump MORE.

Trump nominated Pompeo, the current director of the CIA, to lead the State Department following a reshuffling of senior advisers and Cabinet officials starting last month.

Should he be confirmed to his new post by the Senate, Pompeo would enter a State Department rocked by a departmentwide restructuring proposal and push by Tillerson for steep budget cuts.

Tillerson, who saw the department's entire senior administrative team resign when Trump took office, led the State Department for a little over a year.

Clinton said Wednesday she was "happy" to speak with Pompeo, who had once grilled her before a House committee hearing over the 2012 Benghazi attacks.

The Senate will begin confirmation hearings for Pompeo on Thursday.