tv Secretary of State Swearing- In Ceremony CSPAN May 6, 2018 2:13pm-2:31pm EDT
[applause] pres. trump: i must say that is more spirit than i have heard from the state department in a long time, many years. [laughter] we can say many years, maybe many decades. it is going to be a fantastic start to a fantastic day. that spirit will only be magnified. with this man right here, i know that. thank you all for being here. it is great to be with you, the extraordinary men and women of the state department. we are profoundly grateful for everything you do for our country, and you will be doing things that you don't even know
about. right now they are not even a glimmer in your eye. we have a couple going, mike, right now, that a lot of people don't know about that are very , very encouraging. i also want to thank vice president pence and the many members of my cabinet for joining us this morning. we are here to celebrate the swearing-in of america's new secretary of state, mike pompeo. [applause] this day is a testament to your exceptional skill, mike. a skill and service that has been honed over a lifetime. no matter where you went. we are joined by mike's wife susan and his son, nick. i want to thank you for sharing this wonderful moment with us. thank you.
thank you very much. [applause] mike is a true american patriot. he has devoted many years of his life to defending america, beginning when he entered west point. and as you all heard, he entered at 18 and he ended up graduating first in his class. you know, i heard that rumor a long time ago. i thought it was a rumor. [laughter] and i have heard it so many times, i have also heard i was first in my class at the wharton school of finance. sometimes when you hear it you don't say anything. you just let it go. but i heard it with him. being first in class at west point. i know it's a big deal. i asked, is that true? yeah. i brought it up four weeks ago and after that, everyone brings it up. he was actually first in his class at west point.
and soon he was deployed to germany where he served a cavalry officer prior to the fall of the berlin wall. after leaving active duty service, mike graduated from harvard law school with high honors. great student. mike was elected to congress in 2010 by the people of the fourth district of a great state, kansas. [applause] right? it is. in the house, he distinguished himself as a member of the intelligence committee. for the last 15 months, mike served our nation as the director of the central intelligence agency, where i can tell you they have such respect for him, it is unbelievable. they may be the only people that are not very happy right now. [laughter] but they will be happy with our gina who is here today. his exceptional leadership of
the cia earned the admiration of his colleagues from the cabinet, the congress, the intelligence community as well as our foreign allies and partners. mike has also earned respect and admiration, you will see why over the coming years. probably over the coming months. i have absolute confidence that he will do an incredible job as the nation's 70th secretary of state. as mike travels the world, he will carry out the greatest mission and highest duty of the state department, to represent the interests of the american people. this mission includes overseeing more than 13,000 foreign service officers who act as our representatives to the world, 12,000 consular officers, and administrator of just an incredible immigration system, a system that we're going to be changing, fixing, and making
better. a system that is under siege right now. but a system that will in fact, hopefully, be the talk of the world by the time we're finished. we have 3500 security personnel and thousands more diplomats, embassy staff, civil servants, and administrative personnel, all of whom collectively play a vital role in advancing the safety, liberty, prosperity, and all good things of the united states. very important people, great people. as president eisenhower said in 1953, make no mistake, the reason we have representatives around the world is to protect american interests. for nearly 230 years, the men and women of the united states state department have skillfully and proudly answered this call. and now at this moment in time i can think of no better person to lead these dedicated public servants than our new secretary of state, mike pompeo.
secretary pompeo, congratulations again. i have no doubt that you will make america proud as our nation's chief diplomat. you are an exceptional guy, a great friend, and somebody that truly loves our country. we are really, really proud of you. i speak on behalf of everybody in this room and also on behalf of your family. thank you very much, mike, and congratulations. [applause]
and now i would like to ask vice president pence to administer the oath of office. thank you. vp pence: raise your right hand and repeat after me. i, michael pompeo do solemnly swear. sec. pompeo: i, michael pompeo do solemnly swear. vp pence: that i will support and defend the constitution of the united states. sec. pompeo: that i will support and defend the constitution of the united states. vp pence: against all enemies foreign and domestic. sec. pompeo: against all enemies foreign and domestic. vp pence: that i will bear true faith and allegiance to the same. sec. pompeo: that i will bear true faith and allegiance to the same. vp pence: i take this obligation freely. sec. pompeo: i take this obligation freely.
vp pence: without any mental reservations, or purpose of evasion area that i will well and faithfully discharge the duties. sec. pompeo: without any mental reservations, or purpose of evasion area that i will well and faithfully discharge the duties. vp pence: of the office upon which i'm about to enter. sec. pompeo: of the office upon which i'm about to enter. vp pence: so help me god. sec. pompeo: so help me god. vp pence: congratulations. [applause] sec. pompeo: this is truly humbling. thank you very much, mr. president, for those kind words. thank you mr. vice president for being here today to honor me by swearing me in. thank you, ambassador. i used to work for her for $7.25 an hour. [laughter]
it is a great honor to have so many distinguished guests here. formerng many of my colleagues in congress. thank you for coming today. i was also glad to see the usda administrator mark green, i look forward to working with you. i want to first think god for this opportunity and for the many blessings he has granted to me in my life. my wife susan and my son nick are two of the greatest of these. they are my number one fans, most days. [laughter] and they have shown unyielding support throughout my confirmation process and in every other stage in my public service career. i love you both very, very much. [applause] i want to thank john sullivan. deputy secretary sullivan. where is john? john, thank you.
thank you for your service in this interim period. [applause] mr. president, i also want to say thank you to you. you have entrusted me with a weighty and awesome responsibility to serve the american people. first as the director of the cia and now as the secretary of state. this responsibility becomes more sobering when we consider the many threats to american security, prosperity, and our liberty. mr. president, i promise you, my team will be unrelenting in confronting those threats. we will employ tough diplomacy when necessary to put the interests of the american people first. i will work to ensure their safety, to preserve their rights and defend their values. and i will make sure america is always a respected and principal -- principled leader on the world stage. [applause] we are but 15 months into this administration and we have
already made outstanding progress by speaking the truth about the challenges we face, by confronting them head on, by partnering with strong sovereign independent nations to make america and the world more prosperous and secure. we have put a hurt on the isis caliphate in iraq and syria. we have done so by great diplomatic work. we are confronting all types of iranian hostility and are deciding on the next steps for the flawed jcpoa. we have imposed real consequences on russia for its acts of aggression. we will soon move our embassy in israel to jerusalem years ahead of schedule. [applause] we are bringing fairness and reciprocity to our economic relationship with china and protecting our intellectual property from them as well. [applause]
and we saw in your meetings last week with president macron and chancellor merkel we continue to uphold and strengthen our time-honored alliances. one more thing. right now we have an unprecedented opportunity to change the course of history on the korean peninsula. i underscore the word opportunity. we are in the beginning stages of the work and the outcome is certainly yet unknown. but one thing is certain, this administration will not repeat the mistakes of the past. our eyes are wide open. it is time to solve this once and for all. a bad deal is not an option. the american people are counting on us to get this right. we are committed to the permanent, verifiable, irreversible dismantling of north korea's weapons of mass destruction program and to do so without delay. to my colleagues here, when i say we are going to do this, i mean we. this is a team effort at the state department and the whole of the united states government. mr. president, when you offered me the job to be the director of
cia, i was honored to lead the world's finest intelligence corps. and i am incredibly honored and humbled by the opportunity to lead the world's finest diplomatic corps now. [applause] mr. president, you read a great quote from the greatest president ever from kansas. [laughter] it was a historic quote, but frankly, things have not changed much since then. i've been an army officer, congressman, director of cia, now here at state. we have much to do. but in every position i have had, i have witnessed the skills, expertise, and patriotism of our foreign affairs professionals. whether political appointees or local employed staff, you all lay it on the line to make sure america is safe, prosperous, and free. thank you for that.
[applause] as i have said, and i will elaborate more, i want the state department to get its swagger back. we need our men and women out on the front lines executing with great vigor. we should be proud of that and i'm counting on you all to help communicate to every corner of the world. mr. president, i have full confidence that my team here in washington and around the world can and will execute that mission for the benefit of the american people. and i am eager to work with you all to get that job done. you all know this is essential work. that is why you are here. it is why i am here. i look forward to doing this together. thank you also much for the warm welcome i have received in these first days. i can't wait to get after this with you. thank you again, mr. president,
announcer: with mike pompeo now as secretary of state, the cia meets this week to consider the nomination of gina haspel to take over as the head of the cia where she is currently serving as acting director. you have live coverage of her confirmation wednesday on c-span3. you can also watch online at www.c-span.org or listen on the free c-span radio app. a look at north korea and upcoming talks with the u.s. speakers include two south massachusetts senator ed markey.