Anti-LGBT statements prompt senators to oppose Pompeo nomination

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Mike Pompeo, President Trump's nominee for secretary of state, is the latest example of partisan proclivities replacing the Senate's constitutional duty to offer the president its "advice and consent".

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"Obviously, he has the confidence of the president", said Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky.

The panel is to vote on his nomination Monday, but with several committee Democrats and Sen.

Trump continued to say that he thinks Pompeo had extraordinary achievements including being top of his class at both Harvard and West Point military academy.

"We'll see", said the committee's chairman, Sen. After the assembly, Paul reiterated that he was nonetheless a "no" on Pompeo regardless of the president saying Wednesday of Paul: "He is by no means let me down".

To secure the committee's blessing, Pompeo will need at least one vote from the 10 Democrats on the 21-member panel because of Paul's opposition.

Republican Sen. Jeff Flake of Arizona could also be a wild card.

"I'm not a Talleyrand, but I am anxious Mike Pompeo could start a war with a man with a Napoleon complex", the Malden Democrat tweeted. Ben Cardin (MD), top Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee; and Sen.

In supporting Pompeo, Heitkamp said he "demonstrated during this nomination process and during our meeting in March that he is committed to empowering the diplomats at the State Department so they can do their jobs in advancing American interests", said Heitkamp. Joe Donnelly of IN are among several Democratic senators up for re-election IN Trump-won states that the administration and its allies have spotlighted.

"We're still talking", said Manchin, who met Tuesday with Pompeo.

On Thursday, Democratic Sen. Chris Coons of DE, who, as of Thursday afternoon was nonetheless "leaning in opposition to" his nomination.

"This is a vote she will not be proud of when she looks back on her career", Stephen Miles, director of Win Without War, told Common Dreams in response to Heitkamp's statement in support of Pompeo. He said "it was a good meeting" but would not engage on whether Pompeo will get his vote again.

Since the committee started contemplating nominees in the 19th century the Senate Foreign Relations Committee never extended a nominee for secretary of express anything but a vote, the former Senate historian said on Thursday.

Some moderate Democrats, as well as independent Sen. Angus King (I-Maine), supported Pompeo to be Central Intelligence Agency director previous year.

"I realize we're in an atmosphere now where that is just not going to be the case", Sen. Doug Jones, a Democrat from Alabama.

Menendez echoed concerns lodged by other Democratic senators that Pompeo did little during his public hearing to roll back his comments against Muslims and gay marriage, and failed to outline a clear foreign policy strategy. Jon Tester of Montana.

On Wednesday and Thursday, " Mr. Pompeo continued a charm offensive meant to medium his own picture and answer inquiries regarding a covert vacation he chose to North Korea to meet together with its reclusive pioneer, information of which surfaced this past week.

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