Pompeo Nomination Officially Moving to the Senate Floor

Apr 25, 2018, 09:47
Pompeo Nomination Officially Moving to the Senate Floor

The Senate Foreign Relations Committee voting 11 to nine in favor of Pompeo to become the next Secretary of State.

"I will say this about Rand Paul: He's never let me down", Trump said last week at Mar-a-Lago.

Ben Cardin, D-Md., confer before the vote on President Donald Trump's nominee for secretary of state, Mike Pompeo, who has faced considerable opposition before the panel, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Monday, April 23, 2018.

Welp. Pompeo's war and torture is Rand Paul's war and torture now.

Former New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson, a Democrat who served as ambassador to the United Nations under Bill Clinton and is probably America's most experienced North Korea negotiator, has applauded the developments there - including Pompeo's meeting with Kim - and over the weekend also made a case for Pompeo's confirmation in a television interview. Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) about comments that seemed to indicate bias against Muslims and LGBTQ people, many LGBTQ rights groups pounced, denouncing Pompeo's past statements and urging senators to reject him. Under Senate rules, a committee member who is not present can not cast the decisive vote.

Sen. Rob Portman said Tuesday that he has confidence in Mike Pompeo's promise to use diplomacy over military action should he be confirmed as secretary of state. He said it would have been "heartless" to shuttle Isakson off his return flight straight to a delayed committee vote when the outcome was a foregone conclusion.

Pompeo is expected to be confirmed by the full Senate later this week, given unanimous support from Republicans and backing from a few Democrats. Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Sen. A first-in-class graduate of the U.S. Military Academy, Pompeo was a U.S. House member from Kansas before taking the Central Intelligence Agency reigns. His nomination is on its way to the Senate floor after avoiding a symbolic setback Monday.

The Democratic leader said that while he was "disappointed" in Pompeo's committee hearing, the two had "very good discussions" and he was "pleasantly surprised" by Pompeo's stance on Russian Federation and sanctions. Also Monday, French President Emmanuel Macron arrived in Washington for an official state visit.

When Pompeo's nomination was initially announced, JNS reported: "Farley Weiss, president of the National Council of Young Israel, to which more than 100 Orthodox synagogues belong, said he was "very pleased" by the choice of Pompeo, "who has a strong track record of support for Israel and clearly understands the threat from Iran".

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