ND Senator Heitkamp 1st Democrat to Support Pompeo For Secretary of State

Feinstein comes out against Pompeo for secretary of State

Feinstein comes out against Pompeo for secretary of State

These senators join a pool of other Democrats on the Foreign Relations Committee who have already vowed to oppose the acting Central Intelligence Agency director to head the State Department. Sen.

Karl Rove said Wednesday that the decision by some Democrats to oppose the nomination of CIA Director Mike Pompeo to be secretary of state is "irresponsible stupidity". "He had a great meeting with Kim Jong Un and got along with him really well, really great", Trump said, referring to a trip Pompeo made over Easter weekend that was revealed Tuesday night.

Opponents of Mr Pompeo's nomination have cited concerns, including worries that he would favour military action over diplomacy and past links to groups viewed as anti-Muslim and socially conservative views that they say would make him the wrong person to represent the United States on the world stage. "He's never let me down", Trump said.

Yet, just as it would seem Democrats would endanger American national security to score a win against the Trump administration, red state Democrat Heidi Heitkamp (D-SD) announced that she would support Pompeo's nomination. Many Democrats argue he's too hawkish on US policy toward Iran, North Korea and elsewhere to lead the diplomatic corps.

Trump tapped the 54-year-old Pompeo to become secretary of state after firing Rex Tillerson - with whom the president was frequently at odds.

To secure the committee's blessing, Pompeo will need at least one vote from the 10 Democrats on the 21-member panel.

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Sen. Robert Menendez of New Jersey, the top Democrat on the Foreign Relations Committee, voted against Pompeo a year ago and cited his recent secret North Korea trip as one reason he was opposing him this time around, saying Pompeo had been "less than forthcoming" with the committee during his hearing last week.

"Conjecture is bad for your health", he said when asked what would happen next.

"I think that Mike will be in good shape", Trump added.

Previous secretary of state nominees from both parties have passed through the chamber with flying colors: John Kerry floated through 94-3; Hillary Clinton pulled similar numbers with 94-2, and Condoleezza Rice scored 85-13 in favor.

Such a move would be quite rare, especially since the Senate historian's office has said no secretary of state nominee has received an unfavorable committee vote since 1925. Pompeo is facing so much opposition from Democrats on the committee that the panel could be forced to take the unusual step of sending the nomination to the full Senate without a favorable recommendation. He says Pompeo has done a good job in his current role, but that it is not a policy job. Pompeo has been making the rounds on Capitol Hill, meeting with previous "yes" votes, such as Manchin and Democratic Sen. Robert Menendez, N.J., acknowledged that while a denuclearized North Korea was a noble goal, the planned meeting between Trump and Kim "is not a strategy" and announced that he would oppose Pompeo's confirmation.

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