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Panel approves Pompeo for secretary of state

Panel approves Pompeo for secretary of state

During Mike Pompeo's confirmation hearing Senator Paul said, "My main concern is - will you be one who will listen to what the president actually wants, instead of being someone who advocates for us staying forever in Afghanistan, another Iraq war, bombing Syria..."

Pompeo's nomination now goes before the full U.S. Senate. The committee vote was along party lines, and some Democratic senators have expressed concerns about Pompeo's ability to conduct diplomacy.

"I'm going to oppose the nomination of Secretary Pompeo".

He most recently has been deeply involved in preparations for Trump's summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, including meeting with him three weeks ago.

"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.

"Mike Pompeo is qualified to be secretary of state".

Numerous senators who voted in favor of Pompeo becoming Central Intelligence Agency director a year ago now are coming up with absurd reasons why he is unfit to be secretary of state. Joe Manchin III of West Virginia and Joe Donnelly of IN pledged their support Monday, joining Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota, who declared her "yes" vote last week.

A former U.S. Congressman, Pompeo said he believes life begins at conception. "Urge Senator Manchin to again vote yes for Mike Pompeo".

But supporters of Pompeo feared that he would become the country's 70th secretary of state with a bruised standing on the world stage after a Foreign Relations Committee rebuke. Bob Corker of Tennessee, the committee's chairman, said Monday.

"I am voting "no" for those reasons, and I think people have good reasons to vote "no" for Secretary Pompeo, both on the foreign policy sphere, and in these areas", Schumer added.

McCaskill, D-Mo., told the Post-Dispatch Tuesday that she is weighing Pompeo's testimony in confirmation hearings versus what he has said outside of that context that she says has often leansed toward use of force. Joe Donnelly of IN who said they will support his nomination, according to the AP.

But Democrats have assailed Pompeo for his record of bellicose statements they say are at odds with his prospective job as the chief USA diplomat, and also have cited anti-Muslim and anti-LGBTQ statements he has made in the past. Last week, Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Ark., told reporters that "the Senate will set [the panel] straight" if it refuses to endorse Pompeo's nomination.

Others say Pompeo will make his reputation once in office - and that if he helps to rebuild the relevance of the department, which flagged in morale and staffing under Tillerson's stewardship, the politics surrounding his confirmation vote will not matter.


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