Picked to be top diplomat, Pompeo seen as tight with Trump

WASHINGTON (AP) - The former congressman and current CIA director President Donald Trump wants as secretary of state, Mike Pompeo, is expected by many to bring a new, blunt-speaking style to the job of America's top diplomat.

Trump announced Tuesday he is replacing Rex Tillerson with Pompeo, who must first be confirmed by the Senate. A Republican with a say on that score, Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, says no one has a stronger relationship with Trump than Pompeo and that their relationship will empower Pompeo as secretary of state.

Tillerson's 14 months at the State Department were marked by budget cuts and staffing reductions, and his management style was seen as aloof. The agency was all too often sidelined on many of the nation's most pressing national security matters.