A Democratic senator opposed to Mike Pompeo for secretary of State voted "present" Monday to advance the nomination after one of his best friends on the other side of the aisle had to miss the critical Senate Foreign Relations Committee vote.
Conservative activists and the White House mounted a months-long campaign to pressure Democrats to either drop their opposition to Grenell or have McConnell hold a vote on his nomination, which costs valuable debate time on the floor of theSsenate. It went from "Potential disaster looms for Pompeo, Trump" to "Pompeo confirmation appears to be on a glide path".
After Paul announced that he was reversing his vote, Trump told reporters: "I said he'd never let us down".
"I do not believe Director Pompeo is someone who will always prioritize diplomacy over conflict, particularly in the context of the aggressive foreign policy voices growing around him", said Senator Robert Menendez, the top Democrat on the Foreign Relations Committee, citing Pompeo's past openness to regime change in North Korea and Iran.
Welp. Pompeo's war and torture is Rand Paul's war and torture now. The panel is unlikely to have the votes to give a favorable recommendation, but the nominee is expected to find wider support in the full Senate.
"I honestly don't see that", said Sen.
"As you know, with the success of what will hopefully soon be Secretary of State Pompeo, everybody was very surprised".
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.
Coons said that he still meant to vote against Pompeo's nomination on the Senate floor.
His road to confirmation has consistently faced opposition. The former Bush administration official's nomination was held up from unanimous approval by Senate Democrats. The first time was as an eighteen-year-old West Point cadet.
Georgia Republican Senator Johnny Isakson was unable to make Monday's Senate panel hearing for CIA Director Mike Pompeo.
Republican Sen. Tom Cotton of Arkansas questioned Shaheen's decision after she made the announcement. He most recently has been deeply involved in preparations for Trump's summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, including meeting with him three weeks ago.
From left, Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Corker, R-Tenn., and Sen. As CIA director, he has been a professional, demonstrating his competence and qualification to be secretary of state....