Rand Paul Reverses Himself, Announces Support for Pompeo

Rand Paul Reverses Himself, Announces Support for Pompeo

Central Intelligence Agency director and nominee for secretary of state Mike Pompeo may not be the worst potential leader of US State Department when it comes to the well-being of its diplomatic corps as they struggle amid pressure from Donald Trump's White House, which seems bent on destroying the department by cutting its budget and leaving key posts unfilled.

"After calling continuously for weeks for Director Pompeo to support President Trump's belief that the Iraq war was a mistake, and that it is time to leave Afghanistan, today I received confirmation that Director Pompeo agrees with President Trump", said Paul. On Friday, another senator, Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota, said she would support Mr. Pompeo.

"I haven´t been given anything, haven´t been promised anything", Paul said.

"Rather than act as a check against Trump and a unsafe new Middle East escalation, these senators are granting the president a war cabinet", Abdi added.

In a statement reacting to Monday's vote, Jamal Abdi, executive director of National Iranian American Council (NIAC) Action, said, "The Senate may have just blown its last chance to stop Trump from exiting the Iran deal and the catastrophe that will follow".

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell welcomed the committee's approval and said there were enough votes in the full Senate to confirm Pompeo as secretary of state later this week.

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The process did hit a slight snag as senators prepared for the final vote on Monday, however, as Sen.

"In Mike Pompeo, the United States will have a chief diplomat who enjoys the total confidence of the president and who is uniquely qualified to reinvigorate our foreign service and represent our interests overseas", McConnell said. "The left, the base on the Democratic side abhors the president, and I realize many of them just don't want to do anything that shows a proxy of support for Trump by voting for his secretary of state", Corker said. That means he is all but certain to be approved as the country's top diplomat.

A negative vote could have unsettled delicate negotiations with North Korea.

In a late setback Monday, the panel was short one Republican vote needed for a favorable recommendation because Sen.

While many Democrats consider Pompeo too hawkish and worry about past harsh statements on homosexuality and Islam, he has the support of at least three Democratic senators not on the committee who are running for re-election in states Trump won easily in 2016. Johnny Isakson was delivering a eulogy in his home state of Georgia.

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