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 PompeoMichael (Mike) Richard PompeoOvernight Defense: Second Trump-Kim summit planned for next month | Pelosi accuses Trump of leaking Afghanistan trip plans | Pentagon warns of climate threat to bases | Trump faces pressure to reconsider Syria exit Pompeo planning to meet with Pat Roberts amid 2020 Senate speculation Trump to meet with top North Korean official to discuss 'fully verified' denuclearization 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 John TrumpTrump knocks BuzzFeed over Cohen report, points to Russia dossier DNC says it was targeted by Russian hackers after fall midterms BuzzFeed stands by Cohen report: Mueller should 'make clear what he's disputing' 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 TillersonPompeo planning to meet with Pat Roberts amid 2020 Senate speculation Trump concealed details of meetings with Putin from senior officials: report Forget the border wall, a coup in Guatemala is the real emergency 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.