Our show begins with a pair of headlines. Thefirst from Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., where CIA Director Mike Pompeo appeared beforethe Senate Foreign Relations Committeeyesterday. Pompeo is U.S. President DonaldTrump's nominee to be the next secretary ofstate. If confirmed, he'd be America's 70thsecretary of state, responsible for advising the president on foreign affairs.
In his opening remarks, Pompeo indicated his priorities would be taking a hard line onRussia and Iran, avoiding past mistakes with North Korea and rebuilding the U.S. StateDepartment.
But it's not certain whether the Senate will confirm Pompeo to the State Departmentjob. He needs Senate approval to get it. And one Republican and some Democrats on thecommittee he spoke to yesterday are expected to oppose his nomination. We'll keepyou posted on that process.
Next, we're crossing the Atlantic and Mediterranean to bring you an update on eventsconcerning Syria. The Middle Eastern country is in the midst of a years-long civilwar. Other nations, including Russia, Iran and the U.S. have been involved. And Americaand its allies look like they're getting ready to take some sort of action there.
French President Emmanuel Macron says that he has proof that the Syrian government useda chemical weapon in a recent attack. That's illegal under international law.
And earlier this week, President Trump seemed to suggest that military action by theU.S. would be taken soon.
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has denied using chemical weapons and says anyinternational force against his country would threaten security and peace. Russia, anally of Syria, has called for a U.N. Security Council on Friday to discuss this issue.