Pompeo is a good choice to run State Dept.

Posted April 26, 2018

Rand Paul, R-Ky., changed his mind last minute.

Paul had beensteadfast in his pledge to block Pompeo.

"Having received assurances from President Trump and Director Pompeo that he agrees with the President on these important issues, I have made a decision to support his nomination to be our next Secretary of State", Paul added. Joe Donnelly of IN who said they will support his nomination, according to the AP. Reporting on the looming battle over Pompeo's nomination, he explained: "Chances are that Pompeo, at least, will ultimately prevail in the Senate within the next few weeks, humbled but not necessarily hobbled by the Foreign Relations Committee". Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., a Pompeo supporter, failed to show up for the vote.

Pompeo "demurred", the NY senator said. The full Senate will vote on his nomination later this week.

Pompeo secretly travelled to Pyongyang in late March to meet with Kim to lay the groundwork for the meeting, which could take place in early June.

"As a Kansan, I hold a deep reverence for the sanctity of life, the solidarity of family, and the solemnity of marriage", he said previously.

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The gesture is an increasingly rare one in the politically divided Congress, where it is hard for lawmakers to extend personal gestures without facing political scrutiny.

"I was happy to do that for a friend", Senator Coons commented.

"I do not believe director Pompeo is someone who will always prioritize diplomacy over conflict", the committee's top Democrat, Bob Menendez of New Jersey, said.

Of course, it's no wonder that we're seeing this void of leadership from Democrat Donnelly. 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. As a freshman member of Congress from the Fourth District, Pompeo served on the House Intelligence Committee during a time when its intelligence-gathering methods were under fire.

The nomination will go to the full Senate, where three Democrats have announced they will join Republicans in voting to confirm Pompeo.

Senate leaders are expected to put the nomination to a floor vote later this week.

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"The Secretary of State needs to be our top diplomat, a person who is in conversation with the President in the White House, always be an advocate of diplomacy and engaging our global partners", Cardin said.

Pompeo's predecessor, Rex W. Tillerson, was confirmed 56-43 by the Senate in February 2017.

That partisan environment had, in the end, provided Pompeo a lift.

This is more about preventing President Donald Trump's nominees from being confirmed, not about Pompeo himself.

The Zionist Organization of America was enthusiastic about the appointment as well, given Pompeo's promise to roll back the Obama-era Iran nuclear deal, which it calls "disastrous".

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