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Mo Brooks urges Doug Jones to confirm Mike Pompeo as Secretary of State

26 April, 2018

The Delaware Democrat chose to vote present on the nomination of CIA Director Mike Pompeo for Secretary of State.

Johnny Isakson, a Republican Senator hailing from Georgia, was out of town yesterday, on Monday, April 23, 2018, and buzzed in remotely to vote yes via proxy. One Republican switched his vote late in the day, enabling Pompeo's nomination to advance to a vote by the full Senate.

Coons said that he still meant to vote against Pompeo's nomination on the Senate floor.

The committee ultimately voted 11 to 10 along party lines to endorse Pompeo. Rand Paul, R-Ky., bowed to pressure from President Donald Trump and dropped his opposition.

"I realise 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", Senate Foreign Relations Chairman Bob Corker of Tennessee, who has often been unsparing in his criticism of the President, said last week. And when he was confirmed as Central Intelligence Agency director, he had the support of 14 Senate Democrats, including Donnelly.

If Paul had not reversed his position, Pompeo would have become the first secretary of state-nominee on record to be rejected by the committee, according to the Senate Historical Office.

They include Senators Joe Donnelly of IN and Mr Joe Manchin of West Virginia, who haven't yet said how they'll vote. Joe Donnelly of IN who said they will support his nomination, according to the AP.

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"I am voting "no" for those reasons, and I think people have good reasons to vote "no" for Secretary Pompeo, both on the foreign policy sphere, and in these areas", Schumer added.

Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Arizona, had also expressed some reservations about Pompeo, but told CBS News' Ed O'Keefe that he had also made a decision to support Pompeo's nomination. Sen. 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.

Schumer's opposition won't impact Pompeo's ability to be confirmed. But he noted that the strength of Pompeo's bipartisan mandate will be "historically low" and "will mean a reinforcement of the partisan divide on foreign policy".

Brooks continued, "With the upcoming vote on Mike Pompeo, Senator Jones has the opportunity to keep his campaign promise to be bipartisan and put the interest of America above the partisan obstructionism that has plagued the Senate for years".

The Zionist Organization of America was enthusiastic about the appointment as well, given Pompeo's promise to roll back the Obama-era Iran nuclear deal, which it calls "disastrous".

Secretary of State, she said, requires more diplomacy and less instinct toward fighting as a first resort.

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