Reed, Whitehouse To Oppose Pompeo Nomination

Cheryl Sanders
April 19, 2018

"Now, I don't expect diplomacy to be negotiated out in the open, but I do expect for someone who is the nominee to be secretary of state, when he speaks with committee leadership and is asked specific questions about North Korea, to share some insights about such a visit".

Karl Rove said Wednesday that the decision by some Democrats to oppose the nomination of CIA Director Mike Pompeo to be secretary of state is "irresponsible stupidity". Mark Warner (D-VA) on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., April 18, 2018.

Menendez called Pompeo's hawkish record "deeply troubling" and chided him for not being fully forthcoming about his involvement in the investigation of Russia's meddling in the 2016 presidential election, as well as his recently revealed trip to North Korea to meet with its dictator, Kim Jong Un. But even if he is confirmed, Pompeo risked becoming the first secretary of state known to take office without the approval of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

On Sunday Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (Democrat, Rhode Island) declined to commit to opposing Pompeo's nomination.

Trump then referred to Paul's support for repealing basic elements of Obamacare last July, though Arizona Sen. If all Democrats join him, the committee will have few options. Republicans hold 51 seats, but with Paul opposed and Senator John McCain away from Washington indefinitely as he battles brain cancer, at least some Democratic support would be needed to cross the finish line. The tenth, Senator Chris Coons, is still undecided. "More critically his past sentiments did not reflect our nation's values and are not acceptable for our nation's top diplomat". He also criticized him for supporting the CIA's past use of waterboarding and other interrogation techniques widely considered torture.

The nominee's supporters are concentrating instead on winning a vote on the Senate floor, where they are pressuring numerous 10 Democrats up for re-election this year in states that Trump won in 2016. Before the 1920s, such votes were not made public, and none has been rejected by the panel since. Joe Manchin of West Virginia and independent Sen. "If they do and they're up for re-election, they may suffer the consequences".

Senator Robert Menendez, top Democrat on Foreign Relations, announced earlier on Wednesday he would cast a "no" vote.

It would appear that Trump's nominee for Sec. of State, Mike Pompeo, is not wasting his time by meeting with Kim Jong Un.

Menendez said in a speech at the Center for Strategic and International Studies think tank.

"I will say this about Rand Paul: He's never let me down", Trump told reporters from his Mar-a-Lago club in Florida, when he was asked about Paul's steadfast opposition to the Central Intelligence Agency director becoming the nation's next top diplomat.

"I will say this about Rand Paul".

'I believe that Mike Pompeo would exacerbate President Trump's weaknesses rather than uphold our diplomatic legacy, ' Kaine said in a statement.

The meeting came as Trump prepares for a landmark meeting with Kim.

Sergio Gor, Paul's deputy chief of staff, said the senator had agreed to meet with Pompeo but nothing else had changed.

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