Pompeo Faces Steep Opposition at Senate Panel

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Trump has tweeted several favorable comments about Pompeo, whom he recently dispatched to Pyongyang to meet with North Korean ruler Kim Jong Un in advance of Trump's planned summit with Kim over denuclearization of the Korean peninsula.

"Look, at some point, Democrats have to decide whether they love this country more than they hate this president", said Sanders.

Manchin of West Virginia and Donnelly of IN joined Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota as the first three Senate Democrats IN supporting the nominee.

Even Democrats who are not facing tough reelection races are leery about setting a new standard by trying to block Pompeo in committee.

Pompeo needed to win over at least one democratic senator to get a simple majority of the chamber in Monday's vote after Rand Paul opposed and John McCain is still absent.

Pressure is mounting on senators from both sides. All are up for re-election this year in states that supported Trump in 2016. As soon as Sen.

The board commended Pompeo for being willing to negotiate on the Iran deal and overcoming his "discomfort" with gay marriage to support LGBTQ rights around the world.

"I don't agree with every position he's taken or every word he has spoken", Sen.

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Pompeo also has solid knowledge of the world, the discipline to oversee complex diplomacy and - a double-edged sword, we admit - the trust of a President who seems to believe in nearly no one. Bob Corker, blames partisan politics for opposition to Pompeo, saying the Central Intelligence Agency chief is just as qualified as past nominees for secretary of state. The senator "is reviewing his record before making a final decision".

In hearings, Pompeo committed to rebuilding a State Department where experienced staff fled in droves and morale hit rock bottom during the feckless leadership of Tillerson.

Sen. Chris Coons, D-Del., who was among the last Democrats on the panel to announce his no vote, said he's is concerned that Pompeo "will embolden, rather than moderate or restrain" Trump's "most belligerent and risky instincts". "I remain concerned that Dir".

Marc Short, the White House legislative director, said recent weeks have been "incredibly disheartening" as he has had private conversations with Democrats who say Pompeo is qualified but will not vote for him because of political considerations.

REPORT WITHOUT A RECOMMENDATION - The committee can vote to send a nomination to the full Senate without a recommendation, which would still allow a vote.

Passage by the full Senate seems likely but not assured: approving a rejected nominee on the Senate floor hasn't happened since 1945.

"Democrats, especially on the Foreign Relations Committee, are really engaged in shameful political behavior", Cotton said Sunday on CBS' "Face the Nation". GOP leaders seem confident that some other Democrats will join Heitkamp, and they have been targeting those with hard reelection battles this year in states that Trump carried in 2016.