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SPLC statement on the confirmation of Mike Pompeo as secretary of state

With the confirmation of former CIA Director Mike Pompeo as secretary of state, President Trump is playing right into the hands of the radical anti-Muslim movement in the U.S. and abroad.

At a time when we’re seeing hate groups have unprecedented access to the White House, Pompeo's ties to anti-Muslim hate groups are extremely alarming. This new position gives anti-Muslim extremists another ally in a high place.

Pompeo will now be responsible for shaping American foreign policy that will likely have harmful effects on American Muslims and Muslims across the world. This confirmation, once again, shows President Trump’s anti-Muslim agenda.

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