REUTERS

The Senate approved Mike Pompeo's nomination as the next secretary of state on Thursday, installing the former CIA Director as the nation's top diplomat at a time when several high stakes negotiations are underway around the globe.

The vote was 57-42, CNN reports.

The State Department confirmed soon after the vote that Pompeo is expected to travel to Brussels for the NATO Foreign Ministerial meeting on Friday.

Read alsoCIA Director Pompeo met with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un over Easter weekendPresident Donald Trump fired his first Secretary of State Rex Tillerson in a Twitter message in March. He tapped Pompeo, a former Congressman, to take the job after the two developed a close relationship during his tenure as the chief intelligence officer, during which Pompeo personally delivered the daily briefings at the White House.