White House Drives Democrats to Rear State Dept nominee Pompeo

Sen. Angus King said CIA Director Mike Pompeo does not yet have his vote to be President Donald Trump's next secretary of state

Sen. Angus King said CIA Director Mike Pompeo does not yet have his vote to be President Donald Trump's next secretary of state

The Senate Foreign Relations Committee has set a vote for Monday on Mike Pompeo's nomination as President Donald Trump's secretary of state.

But Democrats, Corker said, "In their heart of hearts, surely they'd rather have Pompeo sitting down with Mattis talking to the president about things like leaving Syria immediately or whatever than they would him not having a secretary of state".

The news that Pompeo traveled to Pyongyang as the Trump administration's envoy to meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is unlikely to change the minds of any Democratic senators who have already pledged to oppose Pompeo's nomination - meaning that his chances of getting a favorable recommendation from the Senate Foreign Relations Committee are still seriously in jeopardy.

It would appear that Trump's nominee for Sec. of State, Mike Pompeo, is not wasting his time by meeting with Kim Jong Un. "He's never let me down". Rand Paul, his nomination is on track to be sent to the full Senate without the approval of the committee.

Paul's continued his questioning of Pompeo by asking, "With regard to Afghanistan, some have argued that it's time to get out of Afghanistan". He also confronted those who threatened our interests and security: Pompeo's Central Intelligence Agency acted quickly a year ago to provide the president with a high-confidence assessment that the Syrian regime had used chemical weapons against its own people, laying the groundwork for the missile strikes against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's regime.

As of now, Senator Angus King (I-ME) is undecided.

Republican Sen. Jeff Flake of Arizona could also be a wild card.

In addition to Pompeo's past defense of so-called "enhanced interrogation methods", Democrats also took issue with his controversial statements on Islam and homosexuality.

U.S. Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.), on a press call along with White House aide Kellyanne Conway, called Paul and Democratic committee members "two-bit Talleyrands", a reference to 18th-century French politician Charles Maurice de Talleyrand-Perigord, who fellow politicians distrusted.

Shaheen said Pompeo's previous roles "are fundamentally different from that of secretary of state, who represents American values around the world". But Pompeo risks becoming the first secretary of state nominee in nearly a century to fail to gain a favorable committee recommendation before advancing to the floor. But Democrats, in particular, were left dissatisfied with his answers.

Paul said he wants Pompeo to say publicly, not privately, that he agrees with Trump's position. John McCain (R., Ariz.) is not available to vote, and Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.V., Joe Donnelly, D-Ind., and Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D., as three Democrats from states that Trump won big in 2016.

But as support peels away, Pompeo's confirmation might come down to a handful of senators.

"The Senate Foreign Relations Committee, in particular on the Democratic side, is not representative of the Senate as a whole". On Wednesday, Trump told reporters that the meeting would take place "in the coming weeks" and that "hopefully that meeting will be a great success".

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