Top State Dept. nominee: Soft policy toward Russia ‘over’

WASHINGTON (AP) — Outgoing CIA Director Mike Pompeo will tell senators weighing his confirmation as secretary of state that years of soft U.S. policy toward Russia are “now over.”

That’s according to excerpts of his opening statement obtained by The Associated Press ahead of his Senate hearing Thursday.

Pompeo will emphasize that the Trump administration considers Russia “a danger to our country.” He’ll say diplomatic efforts with Moscow are “challenging” but “must...

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