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US Senate confirms Mike Pompeo as head of CIA

The US Senate confirmed Mike Pompeo to head the CIA in President Donald Trump’s new administration.

His appointment was confirmed despite opposition from some Democrats, who highlighted the Kansas Republican’s varying viewpoints on key issues such as surveillance, torture and Russia’s “influence campaign” in the 2016 Presidential election.

During his senate confirmation hearing, Pompeo refused to accept findings by Nasa on climate change and said he would not let his personal views against gay marriage interfere with his new role.

Mr Pompeo will lead the major agency as the intelligence community has been thrust into the spotlight and become an increasingly partisan issue.