Pompeo wins Senate panel approval as top USA diplomat

GOP senator Democratic opposition to Pompeo 'driven 100 percent by politics'

GOP senator Democratic opposition to Pompeo 'driven 100 percent by politics'

That Mike Pompeo may have a problem being confirmed as secretary of State is another example of the usual obstruction by Democrats and the persistent nonsense exhibited by some Republicans.

McConnell says that with Pompeo, "the United States will have a chief diplomat who enjoys the total confidence of the president".

Mr. Pompeo has outstanding academic records from West Point and Harvard University, and he performed extremely well as a USA representative and director of the Central Intelligence Agency.

In the days leading up to Monday's vote, Pompeo was widely expected to advance to the full Senate without a favorable recommendation from the Foreign Relations Committee.

The U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee has approved the nomination of CIA Director Mike Pompeo to become President Donald Trump's second secretary of state.

Earlier Monday, Pompeo's nomination looked like it would be unfavorably reported by the committee because no Democrat on the 11-10 panel would support him and neither did Paul, R-Ky. Trump has publicly mused about firing Rosenstein, who is overseeing special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election.

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Pompeo´s nomination will now proceed to a vote by the complete Senate, where the support of at least three Democrats guarantees its passage.

"After calling continuously for weeks for Director Pompeo to support President Trumps 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", Paul wrote. A grilling is expected Wednesday of Ronny Jackson, the White House physician nominated to head the VA, and Pompeo's potential replacement at the CIA, Gina Haspel, is also facing scrutiny.

After a little song-and-dance, Democratic Sen.

After officially becoming the secretary of state, Pompeo will deal with preparations for the first summit between leaders of the U.S. and North Korea. "I believe Mike Pompeo is prepared to lead", Isakson said. He wrote, "I have chose to support his nomination to be our next secretary of state". It would be extraordinary for the Senate to confirm Pompeo after the committee did not vote to recommend him.

While Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) suggested holding off on the final vote until later Monday night when Isakson could attend, Sen. Paul's office said he "got a win" - the promise that Pompeo sides with Trump on those issues - out of the situation, but declined to provide details. He said he was anxious that Mike Pompeo would put more troops and would not be enough of a diplomat.

Ten Republicans voted yes, as did one Democrat.