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Trump's secretary of state nominee faces rare opposition from Senate panel

Trump's secretary of state nominee faces rare opposition from Senate panel Trump's secretary of state nominee faces rare opposition from Senate panel
Bennie Garza | 23 April, 2018, 20:20

If all stick to that position at Monday's 5 p.m. ET vote, the nomination will not have enough support to be reported favorably to the full Senate.

Pompeo needs 51 votes to be confirmed by the full Senate to succeed Rex Tillerson, who was ousted in March - and with Paul's opposition and Sen.

But he is now one of Trump's most trusted advisers and has taken the lead in preparing for the upcoming summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. While he was convinced Mr. Pompeo, who now heads the Central Intelligence Agency, would help improve conditions for career professionals at the State Department, "I remain concerned that Director Pompeo will not challenge the President in critical moments".

Historically, secretaries of State have enjoyed large, bipartisan margins of support. "It's just sad that our nation has devolved politically to this point".

It's trickier than just getting to 50. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., has not publicly committed to supporting Pompeo, but his GOP colleagues are confident he ultimately will vote for his nomination.

"Democrats, especially on the Foreign Relations Committee, are really engaged in shameful political behavior", Cotton said Sunday on CBS' "Face the Nation".

Delaware Sen. Chris Coons on Friday became the final Democrat on the committee to say he wouldn't vote for Pompeo, in part suggesting, as other detractors have, that Pompeo might be too inclined to settle global crises by force instead of partnering with allies. Rand Paul of Kentucky saying they will not support the nomination.

Most Republican senators are rallying behind Pompeo and urging Democrats to confirm him, especially as the Senate prepares to consider two other critical Trump nominations: Gina Haspel's already-troubled bid to be the next Central Intelligence Agency director, and Ronny Jackson's to be the next head of the Department of Veterans Affairs.

So the man who has already been working to remove a nuclear option in Korea might need a nuclear option in Washington to keep working. Pompeo is at least as qualified as Kerry (who served as SFRC chair and member for several years) and is much more qualified than Clinton, who had been a senator for a little over one term in office.

President Donald Trump's secretary of State pick Mike Pompeo is likely to be rejected by a Senate panel after all its Democrats opposed his nomination, but he may still win final confirmation next week. "I mean, at the end of the day, whether the committee gives a negative recommendation and you still get 50 votes on the floor, even if it takes the vice president, you're still secretary of state and all of this dissipates", he said. "He should certainly be supportive of what the president is trying to do". Indeed, Sen. Ben Cardin, D-Md., said that Pompeo "has a clear record of public service to his nation - in uniform, in Congress, and as the director of the CIA." Sen.

According to the newspaper, all of the Democrats on the committee have said they will oppose his nomination.

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