Sen. Cardin Weighs In On Pompeo For Secretary Of State

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Pompeo is a smart, thoughtful leader who has the trust and the ear of the country's president. President Trump's unceremonious dismissal of Rex Tillerson left a void at State at a moment when talks with North Korea, rising tensions with Russian Federation and a crisis in Syria hang in the balance. The full Senate will vote on his nomination later this week. That changed significantly past year when Rex Tillerson's nomination was approved on a largely party-line vote of 56-43 that saw just four Democrats cross the line to vote yes.

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

Senator Paul's last-minute vote shift, which came just hours before the Pompeo nomination had received the support of two more red state Democrats that essentially guaranteed that he would be confirmed on the floor regardless of what happened in the committee.

A negative vote could also have unsettled delicate negotiations with North Korea, as Pompeo has taken the lead in arranging a historic summit between Trump and Kim Jong Un, the North Korean leader.

"A majority of Democrats continue their pointless obstruction to score cheap political points with their base as a willful attempt to undermine American diplomacy", Sanders said.

Mike Pompeo won the endorsement of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee to be the U.S Secretary of State on Monday after all the Republicans on the panel stayed united behind him. Heidi Heitkamp, D-North Dakota, last week became the first Democrat to announce her support for Pompeo.

"I'm glad that he kept an open mind and heard what he needed to hear from Director Pompeo knowing he'll be a good Secretary of State", said Marc Short, Director of Legislative Affairs at the White House.

CIA Director Mike Pompeo testifies to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on April 12, 2018. Bob Corker of Tennessee, the committee's chairman, said Monday.

Mort Klein, national president of the Zionist Organization of America, told JNS about the ADL's opposition to the nomination, saying that the ADL's "primary mission is to help the Jewish people, so why are they so hostile to one of the best friends to Israel we've ever had?"

Pompeo is expected to be confirmed by the full Senate later this week, given unanimous support from Republicans and backing from a few Democrats. "He has an impeccable reputation, graduated first in his class at West Point, served as a Captain in the U.S. Army, graduated Harvard Law School (where he made Law Review), and has served capably and honorably as the Director of the Central Intelligence Agency".

Late last week, Mr Pompeo was still making the rounds on Capitol Hill, speaking with key senators who still haven't committed, including Mr Warner, Mr Manchin, and Mr Jeff Flake of Arizona, the only Republican on the Foreign Relations Committee who's undecided.

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