US Senate panel votes to confirm Pompeo

US Senate panel votes to confirm Pompeo

And, rather than simply attack Paul when the Kentucky Republican voiced his concerns about the hawkishness of Pompeo on national security and foreign policy matters, Trump praised Paul publicly and worked to convince him privately. It is easy to say you are against war and Iraq-style regime change, but Pompeo's record speaks for itself.

Trump's assurances came as some of his supporters criticized his decision to bomb Syria in response to President Bashar Assad using chemical weapons on his own people.

According to media reports, Pompeo has conservative views and has virtually no disagreement with President Donald trump. But Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., who had pledged to oppose him, tweeted moments before the vote that Trump had talked with him and changed his mind. But his bid was aided after at least three Democrats-Senators Joe Manchin, Heidi Heitkamp and Joe Donnelly-said they'll vote to confirm Pompeo.

However, there are other Republicans Coons said he could support, including Corker.

Sen. Johnny Isakson, R-Georgia, who Coons described as a good friend, was at home in Georgia Monday afternoon to deliver a eulogy for a friend.

Pompeo appeared at risk of becoming the first Secretary of State nominee not to win a favorable recommendation from the committee until Paul announced his support.

Senate rules prevent a member who is not present from casting the determinative vote to favorably advance a nomination. But for GOP leaders, time was of the essence: They want Pompeo to be confirmed in time to attend a meeting of North Atlantic Treaty Organisation foreign ministers Friday. He said it would have been "heartless" to shuttle Isakson off his return flight straight to a delayed committee vote when the outcome was a foregone conclusion.

"When the President wants to call Mexicans drug-traffickers and rapists, as our nation's top diplomat, would Director Pompeo advise him not to?"

On Monday, White House officials again urged Senate Democrats to support Pompeo's nomination, with White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders saying on Fox News Channel that the administration hopes "that some members will change their minds".

Coons said that he still meant to vote against Pompeo's nomination on the Senate floor.

He added, "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 to be our next Secretary of State". Senior Democratic aides were pessimistic all along that they would be able to defeat Pompeo, a signal that Minority Leader Chuck Schumer was not pressuring senators like Heitkamp, Manchin, or Donnelly to stick with the party on the vote. Republicans have also mentioned Senator Claire McCaskill of Missouri and Doug Jones of Alabama as possible votes for Pompeo. And he has been a staunch supporter of Pompeo's nomination, helping to ensure that it would not get bottled up in committee even without enough votes for approval.

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