Mike Pompeo Wins Democratic Senator's Backing for Secretary of State Job

Mr. Paul, a libertarian-leaning Republican, has announced that Mr. Pompeo will direct Mr. Trump toward an even more interventionist foreign coverage.

Moments later Paul told reporters in Washington that Trump called him and asked him to meet with Pompeo, a prospect Paul said he's "open to", despite his vocal criticisms of Pompeo's support for the Iraq War. The two met in Paul's Senate office building for fewer than 40 minutes. "And I don't think he'll let us down again", Trump said. In a telephone interview co ordinated by the Trump administration, former Secretary of State Henry A. Kissinger said a committee vote contrary to confirmation "could stopped him".

So long as no different Republican defects, and with Heitkamp's vote secured, Pompeo may change into the following head of the State Division. Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota as Republicans warned lawmakers not to reject President Donald Trump's choice for top diplomat ahead of North Korea talks.

Pompeo demonstrated during the nomination process and their meetings "that he is committed to empowering the diplomats at the State Department so they can do their jobs in advancing American interests", she said in a statement.

"I'm very concerned about his attitude towards religions not his own, towards human rights".

If Republicans use the pressing need for United States diplomatic leadership as a case to compel Democrats to vote against their interests, then they'll in part be using a crisis of Trump's own making. It was somebody else that voted against it that hurt us. "I don't think Mike Pompeo will be that voice", Udall said.

Mike Pompeo's nomination for secretary of state received a boost Thursday with support from Democratic Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn. "In Congress, Pompeo voted as the conservative Republican he is".

Pompeo's confirmation isn't a sure thing, but Democrats who under other circumstances might have opposed him may reluctantly support this nominee because of the possibility that he might be able to retrain his volatile boss. "For these reasons, I have concluded that I can not support Director Pompeo to lead the State Department at this critical time". Rand Paul, opposes Pompeo, so the nominee would need at least one Democrat to get a majority of votes on the committee, which has 11 Republicans and 10 Democrats.

Flake, whose vote is doubly significant as he is a member of Foreign Relations Committee, said he is still undecided on how he will vote on Pompeo, indicating he "still has some issues". He also confronted those who threatened our interests and security: Pompeo's Central Intelligence Agency acted quickly previous year 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. Many have cited what they consider Pompeo's anti-American views on religious freedom, Muslims and gay people.

He said the recent chemical weapons attack in Syria by President Bashar al-Assad and other global threats required President Donald Trump to have "a full national security team on the job to continue a strong foreign policy that puts America first".

There was even an olive branch to his former colleagues in Congress in the form of an endorsement of the idea that it would be good for Congress to endorse USA military action in Syria. Former Obama CIA Director Leon Panetta and former Secretary of State Colin Powell offered positive commentary about Pompeo's nomination.

  • Leroy Wright