The Position of the US Secretary of State Remains Uncertain

Saturday, 21 Apr, 2018

"I think Mike Pompeo is going to go down as one of the great secretary of states", Trump said. Pompeo's nomination could still be taken up by the full Senate, with a vote expected later in the week.

Although there are 51 Republicans in the Senate, Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky, opposed — the committee may have few other options when it convenes as soon as next week. Even The Washington Post editorial board warned Democrats to quit playing games and confirm him.

He aded that the secretary of state nominee, when pressed on key proliferation issues, said ground troops could be used in a preventive strike on North Korea - a situation which the senator cautioned could result in tens of thousands of USA deaths in the first days of conflict alone. Pompeo notably did not specifically answer Booker's question about whether he thinks "being gay is a perversion". First in his class at West Point. Chuck Grassley (R., Iowa) as a "farmer from Iowa who never went to law school". A success at whatever he has done. We were heading for rocky shoals, as Democrats who had supported him for Central Intelligence Agency director either were hesitant to offer support or outright said they would oppose his nomination. Ohio's other senator, Democrat Sherrod Brown, says he has reservations.

In a press release, Heitkamp stated Pompeo "demonstrated throughout this nomination course of and through our assembly in March that he's dedicated to empowering the diplomats on the State Division to allow them to do their jobs in advancing American pursuits".

The White House cranked up pressure on Wednesday on Democratic senators facing tough re-election fights to back secretary of state nominee Mike Pompeo, who looked increasingly likely to face a rare committee rejection before the full Senate can vote on his nomination.

The announcement virtually ensures that Pompeo will become America's top diplomat-as he likely only needs one Democratic vote to make it through the Senate-and immediately drew criticism from progressives who have been pressuring Democrats to block his confirmation.

"It doesn't have anything related to him" Mr. Corker explained, referring to the Democrats' resistance to Mr. Pompeo.

Last fall, Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), the top Democrat on the Judiciary Committee, told a Catholic judicial nominee, Amy Coney Barrett, "The dogma lives loudly within you, and that's of concern".

Rarely has the Senate panel failed to back a nominee, and some said not since President George W. Bush nominated John Bolton as USA ambassador to the United Nations has the committee declined to recommend a White House pick. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), previously a top House leader and now chair of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, followed that same line of criticism during Vought's confirmation hearing.

By no means earlier than in at the least a century has a secretary of state nominee acquired an unfavorable advice from the International Relations Committee, in keeping with info supplied by the Senate Historic Workplace.

Booker notably acknowledged Pompeo's commitment to respecting everyone equally.