Senator Rand Paul Chooses Policy Over Politics On Pompeo Vote

"Senate confirmation of anti-LGBTQ Mike Pompeo could have serious consequences for the United States and LGBTQ people around the globe".

It's said that President Donald Trump, obviously a supporter of Mike Pompeo - he appointed Pompeo, and all - made a handful of calls to Rand Paul prior to him changing his mind on the issue.

"As such, I ask and hope Senator Jones will put aside partisanship and defer to the wishes and judgment of President Trump and vote to confirm Mike Pompeo as Secretary of State".

Unlike his fired predecessor, Mr Rex Tillerson, Mr Pompeo can be expected to convey the President's messages to the world, and he may be able to get Mr Trump to heed sometimes unwelcome messages from other world leaders and lawmakers.

The divisions over Mr Pompeo reflect the conflicts over Mr Trump and his "America First" foreign policy.

In a statement Friday, Coons said, "On vital decisions facing our country, Director Pompeo seems less concerned with rule of law and partnership with our allies and more inclined to emphasize unilateral action and the use of force". Christopher Coons of DE volunteered to change his vote to "present" - making the vote 11 in favor, 9 opposed and 1 present, and enabling the committee to quickly push Pompeo's nomination to the floor. On the committee is 11 Republicans, all of whom supported Pompeo, and nine democrats, all of whom voted opposite Pompeo.

Kim Jong-un, the North Korean leader, expressed "joy" and "satisfaction" after his secret meeting earlier this month in Pyongyang with Mike Pompeo, director of the Central Intelligence Agency, saying the two men share the "same kind of guts", according to sources. "Having received assurances from President Trump and Director Pompeo that he agrees with the president on these important issues, I have chose to support his nomination".

Thinking of you, Mr. President. Heidi Heitkamp, D-North Dakota, last week became the first Democrat to announce her support for Pompeo. Joe Donnelly of IN who said they will support his nomination, according to the AP.

"As a Kansan, I hold a deep reverence for the sanctity of life, the solidarity of family, and the solemnity of marriage", he said previously.

Mr Colin Powell was confirmed as secretary by unanimous voice vote in 2001, while Mrs Hillary Clinton and Mr John Kerry cleared the Senate by votes of 94-3 and 94-2.

In a briefing Monday afternoon at the White House, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, the White House press secretary, dismissed Democratic opposition as "pointless obstruction to score cheap political points with their base as a willful attempt to undermine American diplomacy". He was out of town delivering a eulogy at his best friend's funeral, senators said. Mr. Menendez asked. Mr. Pompeo was earlier a member of the U.S. House of Representatives and is now Director of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). "In the end, a secretary of state is a secretary of state whether by one vote or 100".

  • Tracy Klein