US Senate panel says 'yes' to Pompeo

It would be an unprecedented slight, but it might not matter.

No Republican besides Senator Rand Paul, who changed his vote on Monday, had announced opposition.

The panel's vote was largely symbolic, since Pompeo had secured enough votes to be confirmed by the full Senate earlier in the day when two Democrats facing hard reelection challenges in 2018 - Sens. He's refusing to answer the simple question on whether he'll support President Trump's nominee for our nation's top diplomat. Tillerson was confirmed as secretary of state by a vote of 56 to 43, "a remarkably low level of support", said Jeff Rathke, a former career Foreign Service officer and senior fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies.

"This is all about: Do you have the President's trust, and can you demonstrate you have his trust?" President Trump's unceremonious dismissal of Rex Tillerson left a void at State at a moment when talks with North Korea, rising tensions with Russian Federation and a crisis in Syria hang in the balance.

"In Mike Pompeo, the United States will have a chief diplomat who enjoys the total confidence of the president, and who's uniquely qualified to reinvigorate our Foreign Service and represent our interests overseas", McConnell said.

Haspel, whose Senate confirmation hearing is next month, also faces a tough confirmation fight.

Yet Mr Tillerson was confirmed on a party-line vote of 56-43.

Pompeo's Senate confirmation vote could take place later this week. U.S. Sen. Chris Coons (D-Del.), who publicly opposes the nomination, voted present in order to accommodate Isakson.

After the trip was disclosed to the public last week, a USA official told the Asahi the North Korean leader had conveyed an intention to denuclearize in negotiations with the United States.

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"A majority of Democrats continue their pointless obstruction to score cheap political points with their base as a willful attempt to undermine American diplomacy", Sanders said. "Dems have an opportunity to put politics aside, acknowledge our national security is too important, and confirm Mike Pompeo".

Averting a historic rebuke, a Senate panel on Monday narrowly voted in favor of President Donald Trump's pick for secretary of state, Central Intelligence Agency director Mike Pompeo, with Kentucky Republican Rand Paul reversing his opposition to the nominee at the last minute.

They include Senators Joe Donnelly of IN and Mr Joe Manchin of West Virginia, who haven't yet said how they'll vote.

"I'm glad that he kept an open mind and heard what he needed to hear from Director Pompeo knowing he'll be a good Secretary of State", said Marc Short, Director of Legislative Affairs at the White House.

Pompeo's supporters appeared to be bracing for a negative outcome in the Foreign Relations Committee, arguing that the panel is not representative of the full Senate.

At the urging of panel chairman Bob Corker, R-Tenn., Democratic Sen.

"I am voting no for those reasons", Schumer said. Joe Donnelly of IN who said they will support his nomination, according to the AP. The entire Republican Senate caucus, and at least three Democrats from states won by President Trump, are expected to vote for confirmation.

Instead, the North demanded that the USA agree to establish diplomatic relations and ease economic sanctions, but declined at this stage to detail what measures it will take and in what timeframe, according to the daily. "Senate confirmation of anti-LGBTQ Mike Pompeo could have serious consequences for the United States and LGBTQ people around the globe".

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