Pompeo Faces Steep Opposition at Senate Panel

Mike Pompeo testifying to the Senate during hearings on his appointment as Secretary of State

Trump's comments about the German ambassador refer to former United Nations spokesman Ric Grenell, who, despite being voted by the committee for approval, has had his confirmation in the senate delayed by Democrats for months.

Senior White House officials on Monday urged Democrats and a key Republican to reconsider their positions on Mike Pompeo's nomination as secretary of state ahead of what could be an unfavorable committee vote later in the day. The Dems will not approve hundreds of good people, including the Ambassador to Germany. They are maxing out the time on approval process for all, never happened before. Tim Kaine, D-Va., in a statement opposing Pompeo even though he was one of 14 Democrats who voted in favor of his previous nomination for his current post at Central Intelligence Agency.

Even if Monday's vote is negative, his nomination will still go to the full Senate.

On Monday the Central Intelligence Agency director will face a vote by the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

Sen. Angus King, an independent from ME, said he doubted Pompeo would be the "moderating influence" Democrats seek on Trump, and which outgoing secretary Rex Tillerson was seen to be providing. Corker weighs in on the president tapping Pompeo as the next secretary of state. "It's just sad that our nation has devolved politically to this point". But the nomination can advance to the full Senate regardless, and there, several Democrats, many facing tough re-election battles in conservative states, have indicated they will support Pompeo.

Rep. Nancy Pelosi said she wouldn't vote to confirm him.

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Paul, the libertarian-leaning senator from Kentucky, was the only Republican to vote against Pompeo during his Central Intelligence Agency confirmation hearing. Rand Paul (R-KY), for one, is no fan of his hawkish foreign policy record.

Pressure is mounting on senators from both sides. Joe Donnelly of IN, and Claire McCaskill of Missouri - all of whom are up for re-election this year IN states that Trump won by big margins IN 2016. As soon as Sen. Bob Menendez, D-N.J., ranking member on Foreign Relations, said in remarks last week announcing his opposition to Pompeo. "But I believe he has an extensive knowledge of world affairs that has been enhanced by his time at the Central Intelligence Agency".

All eyes had been on a handful of moderate Democrats who Republicans are trying to win over, including Manchin and Sens.

"I do not make this decision lightly or without reservations", Coons said in a statement Friday. To deliver such an undeserved rebuke to Pompeo at such a critical diplomatic moment would be a shameful abdication of the committee's responsibilities. Republicans hold 51 of the chamber's 100 seats. Corker is expected to report the nominee to the full Senate for a vote.

There are 11 of Trump's fellow Republicans and 10 Democrats on the Foreign Relations Committee.

But several Democratic senators who supported Pompeo for Central Intelligence Agency director say Pompeo's views are not reflective of those they want in the top diplomat.

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