A big week for Pompeo, on a rocky path to Senate confirmation

23 April, 2018, 21:55 | Author: Diane Mills
  • Donald Trump urges senators to back Mike Pompeo ahead of crunch vote

On Monday the Central Intelligence Agency director will face a vote by the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

"If you're asking me if he should on Tuesday, be confirmed as secretary of state, or Monday, I guess is when the vote is up, I don't support that, no", she said. Senators have generally held the view that presidents are allowed to have the cabinet of their choosing as long as there are no glaring problems with the nominees.

All Democrats on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, as well as committee member Sen. Joe Donnelly of IN, and Claire McCaskill of Missouri - all of whom are up for re-election this year IN states that Trump won by big margins IN 2016.

Mike Pompeo spent his Easter working in a tense diplomatic environment to prevent a nuclear crisis on the Korean Peninsula from spiraling out of control. As soon as Sen.

Pompeo got a major boost late Monday morning with an announcement by Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, said Sunday on "Meet the Press" on NBC.

Pompeo also has solid knowledge of the world, the discipline to oversee complex diplomacy and - a double-edged sword, we admit - the trust of a President who seems to believe in nearly no one.

Sanders argued that partisan politics were getting in the way of the security of the country and pointed to Republicans who had "come on board" in the past to support the nominations of John Kerry and Hillary Clinton as secretary of state.

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Pompeo is set to be voted out of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee with an unfavorable recommendation after Republican Sen.

In hearings, Pompeo committed to rebuilding a State Department where experienced staff fled in droves and morale hit rock bottom during the feckless leadership of Tillerson.

"I realise 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", Senate Foreign Relations Chairman Bob Corker of Tennessee, who has often been unsparing in his criticism of the President, said last week. "However, I remain concerned that Director Pompeo will not challenge the President in critical moments".

The panel may not have enough votes to recommend him for confirmation Monday as all Democrats, and at least one Republican, have said they will oppose him. "On vital decisions confronting our country, Director Pompeo looks not as focused on principle of legislation enforcement and partnership together with our allies and even more inclined to emphasize unilateral activity and using force".

Brooks sent a letter to the Senate office of Jones urging him to vote in Pompeo's favor.

Critics say Pompeo is too conservative to represent the country on the world stage, given past harsh remarks about Islam and homosexuality and fears he would favour military action over diplomacy and be too likely to agree with Trump rather than step back and give his best advice to the commander in chief.


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