“It is inconceivable he got security clearance twice,” his former boss said. “I’m horrified Gebert worked for me at the State Department.”
The employee allegedly hosted white nationalist meetings at his home and attended an invite-only dinner with Holocaust denier David Irving.
An official argued that the change did not signal a shift in State Department policy.
There has been no anti-Semitism monitor since President Trump assumed office in January 2017.
A number of liberal Jewish groups had called on the Senate to reject Pompeo, in part because of his past remarks about Muslims.
The position of Special Envoy to Monitor and Combat Anti-Semitism has not been filled since Trump was inaugurated.
A State Department official said in January that the Trump administration considers the position “crucial” — but it still hasn’t named a leader.
Steve Goldstein, the State Department’s undersecretary for public affairs and public diplomacy, emerged in recent months as Rex Tillerson’s chief spokesperson. On Tuesday, shortly after news broke about Tillerson’s firing, it was Goldstein who spoke to the press, relaying the ousted secretary’s feelings.
The replacement of Tillerson with Mike Pompeo as secretary of state could harden America’s posture toward Iran, and improve bilateral diplomatic ties.
It took the tie-breaking vote of Vice President Mike Pence, but on Wednesday the Senate finally approved, in the narrowest of margins, Sam Brownback as the State Department’s next ambassador at large for international religious freedom. Immediately after, Brownback announced his resignation from his post as governor of Kansas.