US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo testified before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee during his hearing on April 1
The two Democratic members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee met the past Publicly supported Mike Pompeo as CIA Director, have publicly refused to support his nomination as Secretary of State, which makes it very unlikely that the panel will receive approval when the entire Senate votes on its nomination.
Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (DN.H.), who confirmed Pompeo as CIA director, said in a statement Tuesday evening that she could not do the same to become a top diplomat, referring to Pompeo's positions on gay rights and reproductive rights Rights of women.
"His previous roles are fundamentally different from those of the foreign minister, who represents American values around the world," Shaheen said in the statement. "The Foreign Minister is a political position and I remain deeply concerned about Mr Pompeo's earlier statements and political views."
Shaheen joined Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.), Who also supported Pompeo as CIA Director, but announced his opposition to Pompeo's foreign minister over the weekend, complaining that Pompeo "is compounding President Trump's weaknesses rather than ours diplomatic legacy "- especially when it came to using force to move closer to Iran.
Your Decisions It is unlikely that Pompeo's ultimate chances of being confirmed will be dashed, as the committee may still send Pompeo's nomination to the Senate for a vote on an unfavorable referendum, with only a minority of panelists offering supported. But they increase the potential that he would be the first foreign minister for almost a century, not to get a favorable recommendation from the committee before he has his say.
This potential scenario has pummeled Pompeo's nomination since the day after his announcement, when Senator Rand Paul (R-Ky.), A Republican member of the jury, formally declared his opposition to Pompeo's offer. Paul's announcement made it necessary for Pompeo to win at least one Democrat on the 21-member External Relations Panel – split between 11 Republicans and 10 Democrats – for a favorable referendum.
Pompeo was grilled by all Democrats last week, as was Paul, during his 5½-hour confirmation hearing last week, during which many of these senators questioned whether he would appeal to the President in matters such as the defeat of Iran. Or whether he simply approved the presidential intentions to remain in his good grace.
"My feeling for his answers is that he will not challenge the President, that he will be someone who will ultimately carry out what the President desires, even if he does not agree," Senator Robert Menendez (DN.J. .), said the top Democrat in the Senate Foreign Relations Committee after the hearing. Menendez has not yet announced how he will vote, although he did not support Pompeo as CIA Director.
The chairman of the panel Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) Seemed to be planning this possibility. After Pompeo's confirmation hearing last week, he told reporters that "there are procedures, whatever happens, for there to be a vote." The panel is expected to vote on Pompeo's nomination next week.
The Democrats who supported Pompeo for the CIA Director also publicly oppose his candidacy for the leadership of the State Department
Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), A senior member of the Intelligence Committee and senior member of the Judiciary Committee, said in a statement on Tuesday that she could not support Pompeo's nomination because "the foreign minister plays a very different role than the CIA director and director." it's not the kind of position you learn at work. "
" I have a certain disdain for the diplomacy of Mike Pompeo, which I think disqualifies him from our next senior diplomat, "Feinstein concluded.
But not every democrat who supported Pompeo last year fled from him now. Senator Joe Manchin III. (DW.Va.) said on Tuesday he met Pompeo earlier in the day and the meeting went well.
Seung Min Kim contributed to this report.