Pompeo arrives in Brussels for first overseas trip as secretary of State

Pompeo arrives in Brussels for first overseas trip as secretary of State

Secretary of State Mike PompeoMike PompeoNoem to travel to South Carolina for early voting event Poll: Trump leads 2024 GOP primary trailed by Pence, DeSantis Pence v. Biden on China: Competing but consistent visions MORE arrived in Brussels late Thursday for his first overseas trip in his new post just hours after being confirmed by the Senate.

Pompeo is set to meet with various NATO leaders and his European counterparts in Belgium before setting off for a Middle East tour that includes a stop in Israel.

The secretary of State is scheduled to meet with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson, German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas and French Political Director Nicolas de Riviere during his visit to Belgium.

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Pompeo, who has served as President TrumpDonald TrumpRealClearPolitics reporter says Freedom Caucus shows how much GOP changed under Trump Jake Ellzey defeats Trump-backed candidate in Texas House runoff DOJ declines to back Mo Brooks's defense against Swalwell's Capitol riot lawsuit MORE's CIA director, was confirmed by senators on Thursday in a 57-42 vote following steep opposition from Democrats.

Trump took to Twitter earlier this year to announce Pompeo as his pick  to replace Rex TillersonRex Wayne TillersonWant to evaluate Donald Trump's judgment? Listen to Donald Trump House passes legislation to elevate cybersecurity at the State Department Biden's is not a leaky ship of state — not yet MORE as the nation's top diplomat.

Pompeo appeared to be working in his new diplomatic capacity before he was confirmed, taking a secret trip to North Korea over Easter weekend to meet with North Korean Leader Kim Jong Un ahead of a possible meeting between Trump and Kim.

The White House on Thursday released photos of Pompeo's meeting with Kim, showing the pair shaking hands.