Huckabee Sanders Challenges Dems Ahead of Pompeo Confirmation

Elias Hubbard
April 23, 2018

But the infrequent siphoned anticipated from your panel Monday, even after Pompeo's new trip together with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, would be the first time in years that a nominee for its high-level Cabinet position failed to receive a favorable committee vote.

Sanders called out Democrats, but a few Republican senators are also unsure about supporting Pompeo. Sen.

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.

Pompeo's confirmation ahead of the full Senate now hangs with the votes of simply a handful of senators ascertaining whether or not he becomes the country's best diplomat 30 days after Trump fired Rex Tillerson. "I can not overlook grave doubts about his anti-diplomacy disposition", said Sen. John McCain fighting cancer, Pompeo will need to flip a Democrat to a "yes" vote to get confirmed.

REPORT THE NOMINEE TO THE SENATE FAVORABLY - If at least 11 of the 21 committee members back Pompeo, he would be recommended favorably to the full Senate. "The left, the base on the Democratic side abhors the president and I realize many of them just don't want to do anything that shows a proxy of support for Trump by voting for his secretary of State", Corker said, "I really do think Pompeo is highly qualified, and I think in their heart of hearts, truth serum wise, (Democrats) would probably agree". But with Coons' announcement, all ten Democrats on the committee have now announced that they would not support Pompeo.

With a narrow Republican 51-49 majority, Sen.

Hillary Clinton had one negative vote from the committee when she was nominated for the position. Heitkamp's support would clinch 50 votes, and with the support of Vice President Mike Pence, Pompeo can be confirmed. Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D., who is facing a tough re-election fight in a state that voted heavily for President Donald Trump in 2016. Democrats are under pressure from progressive activist groups such as MoveOn and NARAL to oppose the nomination. But the fact that Pompeo's confirmation will not be referred favorably to the full Senate is an nearly unprecedented rebuke from the committee of jurisdiction.

Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., the chairman of the committee, also blamed stern politics for resistance to Pompeo, now the Central Intelligence Agency manager, expressing Pompeo is only as qualified since past secretaries of nation nominees Hillary Clinton or John Kerry, both of whom received overwhelming help.

President Trump has not fared as well.

Regardless of the outcome, Corker is expected to report the nominee to the full Senate for a vote. Later this week, Pompeo might test that record.

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