President Donald Trump sends CIA Director Mike Pompeo to North Korea to lead diplomacy while Pompeo waits for Senate approval to put the Democrats in a difficult position.
With the release of Foreign Minister Rex Tillerson, just months before a meeting with North Korea's Kim Jong Un, Trump has increased the pressure on Democrats in the Senate to confirm a candidate for a top diplomat they really do not like. 19659005] Pompeo failed to obtain the approval of the Senate Foreign Affairs, but he was now able to vote on the Senate. All 49 Democrats must weigh the benefits of rejecting a candidate they disagree with against leaving the US without their top diplomat.
Democrats in the Foreign Relations Committee grilled Pompeo for his obvious loyalty to Trump, past commentaries on Muslims and the end of LGBT rights, which ultimately denied him the recommendation.
But while the Senate is arguing over whether Pompeo is fit for the job or not, the CIA director seems to have begun a secret visit to North Korea in April to prepare for the job.
"If some of my colleagues fear that Pompeo will hold high-level talks with NK because that's the role of a foreign minister, they should act quickly and validate it, and I have every confidence in his ability to hold these talks to To corrode regimes, "tweeted Cory Gardner of Colorado .
Trump has an upcoming meeting with North Korea's Kim Jong Un in the summer, continuing trade disputes with China, a troubled relationship on the verge of conflict with Russia, and a deadline to "fix" the Iran deal by May 12
With 51 republicans and 49 Senate Democrats and Republican Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky addressing Pompeo as head of the State Department, Trump must stop a few Democrats and keep the other Republicans in check.
The Democrats have already shown a small sign of failure under pressure when Senator Joe Manchin from West Virginia met with Pompeo on Tuesday and said it had gone well.
But it was Trump who deposed Tillerson with a pile of diplomatic tasks that still needed urgent presence.
If republicans use the urgent need for US diplomatic leadership to force Democrats to vote against their interests, they will in part take advantage of a crisis Trump himself has caused.