Senate panel narrowly endorses Pompeo for secretary of state after Trump intervenes

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26 April, 2018

Cardin also voted against Pompeo for CIA Director, mainly because of his position on torture.

Some lawmakers question whether Mr Pompeo, a hardliner who came to Washington as a Tea Party congressman, has the temperament for diplomacy, but he has one significant advantage - Mr Trump's confidence in him. While that meeting didn't seem to change things, Trump kept at it with Paul - understanding, rightly, that an unfavorable report out of the Foreign Relations committee could endanger Pompeo's chances at confirmation by the full Senate. Rand Paul, R-Ky., bowed to pressure from President Donald Trump and dropped his opposition.

First, after months of rumors, he jettisoned Rex Tillerson as secretary of state last month. Mr. Pompeo had advocated for a regime change in North Korea earlier. Pompeo is a smart, thoughtful leader who has the trust and the ear of the country's president.

The daily said Pompeo met South Korean National Intelligence Service officers in Seoul before he flew to Pyongyang, where he negotiated in secret for three days.

U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.) before the vote noted Pompeo co-sponsored a bill in the U.S. House of Representatives that would have allowed states to refuse to recognize the marriages of gays and lesbians.

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That's as progressive groups work to oppose Pompeo's nomination.

Senator Mitch McConnell, Republican of Kentucky and the majority leader, intends to move the full chamber to begin debate on Mr. Pompeo's nomination as soon as Wednesday, with a final vote expected before senators leave Friday for a weeklong recess. "It is hard to imagine a better nominee for this mission, at this moment, than Mike Pompeo".

"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. Joe Donnelly of IN who said they will support his nomination, according to the AP. 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.

Paul had opposed Pompeo for weeks, holding a news conference to announce his opposition to him, as well as Trump's pick to replace him at the CIA, Deputy CIA Director Gina Haspel. "In the end, a secretary of state is a secretary of state whether by one vote or 100". "Should he be confirmed as the next Secretary of State, we would hope to maintain an open and honest dialogue with him and others at the State Department about USA diplomatic relations with Israel, and a host of other global issues, including the refugee crisis, the rights of religious minority groups, climate change and nuclear proliferation".

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