Senate committee plans Monday vote on Pompeo as secretary of state

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Nationwide, he said members have made over 13,000 calls to ask senators to oppose Pompeo's nomination. Senator Rand Paul, a Kentucky Republican, has stated he can vote against Mr. Pompeo, also all 10 Democrats seem going to complete precisely the same.

"We need the Senate to approve Mike ASAP", Trump tweeted Thursday.

Shaheen said Pompeo's previous roles "are fundamentally different from that of secretary of state, who represents American values around the world".

Pompeo had more meetings in Congress Wednesday, including one with Sen.

"Democrats like Heitkamp think that voting for Trump picks will give them cred as far as winning over Trump voters".

Republicans have a narrow Senate majority, which gives them a single-vote advantage on the panel. "It's hard to imagine a better choice".

Retired U.S. Army Col. Ann Wright, center, protests the nomination of CIA Director Mike Pompeo, front right, for secretary of state, as he waits to testify before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee during a confirmation hearing on his nomination to be Secretary of State, Thursday, April 12, 2018 on Capitol Hill in Washington.

Failure to win the committee's backing would be unusual - aides said it hasn't happened since John Bolton was tapped as President George W. Bush's ambassador to the United Nations - but it would not halt the process. The top-ranking senator in the Senate committee who hails from the Democratic Party, Senator Bob Mendez was critical of Pompeo for his failure to disclose his meeting with the leader of North Korea in Pyongyang last month. Flake, whose vote is doubly significant as he is a member of Foreign Relations Committee, said he is still undecided on how he will vote on Pompeo, indicating he "still has some issues".

"I am leaning against, but I will tell you I'm really trying to think this through and make a thoughtful judgment", Coons said in an interview with CNN. Joe Donnelly of Indiana, Joe Manchin of West Virginia, Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota 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. Rand Paul, R-Ky., pledging to vote against Pompeo, his chances of securing the 21-member panel's favorable recommendation are slim.

"I don't accept the proposition that it has to be either-or", Menendez said. Tim Kaine and Jeanne Shaheen, as well as that of GOP Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) absent, Democrats have the power to block the Cabinet nominee on the Senate floor - something they haven't been able to do since President Trump took office. Jack Reed (RI), top Democrat on the Senate Armed Services Committee; Sen.

News of Pompeo's visit ricocheted on Capitol Hill after it was made public late Tuesday, but if it was meant to shore up support among wavering senators, it appeared to have the opposite effect among Democrats. "I realize my Democratic friends in many cases feel like that in supporting Pompeo, it's a proxy for support of the Trump administration policies, which many of them abhor".

Heitkamp met with Pompeo on March 22 to discuss his nomination and the State Department's approach to foreign policy.

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