Mike Pompeo Nomination Barrels Ahead Despite Growing Democratic Opposition

Saul Bowman
April 20, 2018

A Senate panel appears increasingly likely to vote against the nomination of Mike Pompeo to be secretary of state next week, but Republican leaders say they still plan to hold a full Senate confirmation vote.

Retired U.S. Army Col. Ann Wright, center, protests the nomination of CIA Director Mike Pompeo, front right, for secretary of state, as he waits to testify before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee during a confirmation hearing on his nomination to be Secretary of State, Thursday, April 12, 2018 on Capitol Hill in Washington.

Pompeo did help set the table for those negotiations to commence, when Kim and Trump meet in a yet-to-be-determined location.

"The Senate Foreign Relations Committee, in particular on the Democratic side, is not representative of the Senate as a whole".

"I like the fact that Pompeo met with him", Corker told reporters Wednesday at an event hosted by the Christian Science Monitor. "Let's see what happens in committee and then we'll figure out where to go from there". I hope that a lot of other people would be doing the same thing.

"Now that he has actually sat down with Kim Jong-un, I think that is the best evidence that he is committed to diplomacy".

In recent days, a number of Democrats have spoken out against his nomination.

"Mike Pompeo is already helping President Trump negotiate denuclearization of North Korea". That they have to do this in the first place is unprecedented: Historically, secretaries of state have sailed through the confirmation vote.

It's possible Trump is attempting to signal to Paul that Pompeo has abandoned his past as a torture-defending hawk and is ready to play the role of peace-seeking diplomat.

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.

Despite the Democrats' opposition, Republicans could squeak out a favorable recommendation for Pompeo were it not for Kentucky Republican Sen. Thom Tillis (R-N.C.) told HuffPost.

President Donald Trump confirmed hours earlier that he dispatched Pompeo, who's now director of the Central Intelligence Agency, to Pyongyang to meet with Kim in advance of a summit expected for late May or early June where Trump will press the case for North Korea to give up its expanding nuclear arsenal. Joe Manchin from West Virginia, a state that voted overwhelmingly for Trump in the 2016 presidential election. She doesn't like that Mr. Pompeo supports traditional marriage. Join us in a conversation about world events, the newsgathering process or whatever aspect of the news universe you find interesting or important.

Pompeo's path to the State Department could be a tricky one. Sen. After the meeting, Paul reiterated that he was still a "no" on Pompeo despite the president saying Wednesday of Paul: "He's never let me down".

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