Pompeo nomination picks up support of key Democratic senator

Mike Pompeo on track for confirmation for secretary of state

Mike Pompeo on track for confirmation for secretary of state

Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota as Republicans warned lawmakers not to reject President Donald Trump's choice for top diplomat ahead of North Korea talks.

Before he can take over the State Department, Mike Pompeo, President Trump's pick for secretary of state, needs to contend with rare opposition from the Senate panel that is supposed to consider his nomination.

Sen. Chris Coons of DE, the last committee Democrat to disclose how he'll vote, said calls are coming in overwhelmingly opposed to Pompeo.

"The Democrats, especially on the Foreign Relations Committee, are really engaged in shameful political behavior", Cotton said on CBS's "Face the Nation". "The Dems will not approve hundreds of good people, including the Ambassador to Germany".

But Pompeo looks likely to win confirmation from the full Senate, even if the committee reports his nomination out unfavorably.

That stands to change under Mike Pompeo, a veteran of Congress who has served Donald Trump as director of the Central Intelligence Agency. "I understand that", said Sen.

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New Hampshire Democratic Sen.

After Mr Trump announced in a tweet in March that he was firing Mr Tillerson and nominating Mr Pompeo, his chances for confirmation were considered tenuous enough that 45Committee, an advocacy group that backs the President, began running commercials to press wavering Democratic senators in states that voted for Mr Trump to vote for his confirmation. The senator 'is reviewing his record before making a final decision'.

Coons, the last Democrat on the panel to announce his position, said in a statement that he was encouraged by Pompeo's commitment to the diplomatic corps that he laid out in his confirmation hearing but concluded that the current Central Intelligence Agency director and former congressman would embolden rather than temper President Donald Trump's most bellicose instincts.

"I don't expect diplomacy to be negotiated out in the open, but I do expect for someone who is the nominee to be secretary of state, when he speaks with committee leadership and is asked specific questions about North Korea, to share some insights about such a visit", Menendez recently said. He has since become one of Trump's most trusted advisers.

There's just one instance where any Cabinet member has been confirmed after an unfavourable vote in committee - Commerce Secretary Henry Wallace in 1945, according to the Senate Historical Office.

As the nomination moves to the Senate floor, the GOP's slim majority, which slips with the absence of Sen. But he faces deep skepticism from Democrats.

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