Senate Barrels Towards Showdown Over Pompeo Confirmation for State

23 April, 2018, 21:47 | Author: Genevieve Gibbs
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Coons said he anxious that Pompeo "will embolden, rather than moderate or restrain, President Trump's most belligerent and unsafe instincts".

Pompeo has performed ably in his current job, with none of the gaffes or ethical lapses of some of Trump's other appointees. Joe Donnelly of IN also said he supports the Central Intelligence Agency director to be secretary of state.

"This is all about: Do you have the President's trust, and can you demonstrate you have his trust?"

Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (D-N.D.) has said she would vote to confirm Pompeo.

"Mike Pompeo is outstanding".

According to the Senate historian, no secretary of state nominee has received an unfavorable committee vote going back to 1925.

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A favorable report is very much in doubt as the committee's 10 Democrats have said they will oppose Pompeo, as has Republican Sen.

Amid tough committee questioning of Pompeo last week, the White House looked to burnish his credentials to serve as the nation's next top diplomat by highlighting the revelation that he had met in secret with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in advance of a potential summit between him and Trump.

"Nothing could better underscore the importance of getting America's top diplomat in place for such a time as this", White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders tweeted. "I sense a certain disdain for diplomacy in Mike Pompeo that I believe disqualifies him from being our next senior diplomat".

"I realize my Democratic friends in many cases feel like that in supporting Pompeo, it's a proxy for support of the Trump administration policies, which many of them abhor", Corker said.

They include Senators Joe Donnelly of IN and Mr Joe Manchin of West Virginia, who haven't yet said how they'll vote. "Urge Senator Manchin to again vote yes for Mike Pompeo". State Department even more vital than usual.

On the Senate floor, the focus will be on moderate Democrats who say they're keeping an open mind on Mr Pompeo.

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"I've known Director Pompeo for eight years", Gardner said.

Gardner also supports Pompeo because their views align on North Korea, both agreeing that the North Korean nuclear program poses the biggest threat to the United States.

She said Mr Pompeo convinced her that he's committed to empowering the diplomatic corps and filling key vacancies such as the USA ambassador to South Korea.

Republican Senator Jeff Flake, meanwhile, has said he remained undecided.

Schatz said he is voting against confirming Pompeo because he has "an alarming tendency towards military provocation and brinkmanship".

President Donald Trump's selection for secretary of state could get a rare Congressional "no" vote.

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