Concerns over Pompeo's nomination were amplified among some Democrats after it was revealed late Tuesday that he secretly met with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un in Pyongyang earlier this month. Republicans hold 51 seats, but with Paul opposed and Senator John McCain away from Washington indefinitely as he battles brain cancer, at least some Democratic support would be needed to cross the finish line.
After completing his Senate Foreign Relations Committee confirmation hearing, Mr. Pompeo is now awaiting Senate confirmation and a floor vote.
Republicans have a narrow Senate majority, which gives them a single-vote advantage on the panel.
But a week after Pompeo underwent a five-hour grilling by Senate committee, the unofficial vote count was 10-9 against him Wednesday, with one Republican, Senator Rand Paul, breaking with his party to oppose the nominee.
"I can not imagine that senators like Joe Manchin from West Virginia and Joe Donnelly from IN and Heidi Heitkamp from North Dakota, who are facing re-election IN states that our president won by landslide elections are going to oppose an obviously qualified nominee for whom they voted a year ago", Cotton said.More news: ZTE, Huawei bans: Genuine security concerns or part of China trade spat?
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"I think that Mike will be in good shape". "We'll see what happens".
Democrats are navigating a political minefield as they weigh their support for Mike Pompeo's nomination as secretary of State. All but one of the committee's Democrats, Senator Chris Coons of DE, have said they will vote against him.
Even with a failed committee vote, Pompeo's nomination was still bound to come to the Senate floor for a vote. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.), referring to the 19th-century French diplomat Charles Maurice de Talleyrand-Périgord, widely affiliated with cynical and double-dealing diplomacy. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) and Sen.
Former Obama undersecretary of state Ellen Tauscher thinks Democrats who supported Pompeo past year can oppose him now. "And I thought it was a good thing".
On Wednesday, the committee's ranking Democrat, Sen. Several holdouts remain, however, including a mix of red state and centrist senators, including Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), Joe Donnelly (D-Ind.), Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.), Heidi Heitkamp (D-N.D.), Chris Coons (D-Del.), Maggie Hassan (D-N.H.), and Bill Nelson (D-Fla.). Under Pompeo's leadership, the CIA was able to strengthen us intelligence on North Korea, leading to the interdiction of shipments to the Hermit Kingdom in violation of United Nations sanctions. "It might be a positive thing, actually", said Sen.
He is now working to set the terms of debate and the preconditions for a successful negotiation with North Korea, which is one of the most vexing foreign policy dilemmas of the past two decades.