Published: Sat, April 21, 2018
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

US State Department officials did not accompany Pompeo on trip to Pyongyang

US State Department officials did not accompany Pompeo on trip to Pyongyang

"We ask that you would be glorified in his life, that you would be lifted up, that you would strengthen him and his wife [Susan] and his son [Nick] as he goes through this process", the pastor uttered.

"The president had the right to have his people in place, and particularly in regard to secretary of state". Former Obama CIA Director Leon Panetta and former Secretary of State Colin Powell offered positive commentary about Pompeo's nomination.

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

Simply how unprecedented is that this state of affairs? Another key member of the panel, Sen. But a growing number of Democrats are coming out against his nomination this time, underscoring the pressure they are under from the liberal base to take a hard line against Trump's picks. Chris Coons of DE, said he is "leaning against" Pompeo's nomination, adding that his office is getting calls from constituents who are against Pompeo by a 50-to-1 margin.

Mr. Paul, a libertarian-leaning Republican, has announced that Mr. Pompeo will direct Mr. Trump toward an even more interventionist foreign coverage. Rand Paul, R-Ky., formally stated his opposition to Pompeo's bid.

And Pompeo fared no higher after assembly with Paul in individual on Thursday.

Brown says he's also concerned about the hawkish voices of Pompeo and National Security Advisor John Bolton, who will have President Trump's ear.

It is rather uncommon for a secretary of state nominee to face such opposition. 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.

Secretary of State-designate Mike Pompeo listens during the Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing on his confirmation
White House presses Senate to confirm Pompeo as secretary of state

"I hope that the members on the other side of the aisle that have not yet said how they are going to vote will think about the circumstances that we're in today and feel like that they can support a highly qualified Secretary of State", he added.

Final 12 months, Pompeo had little bother clinching the affirmation to be the director of the Central Intelligence Agency.

"We didn't hear any evidence at the hearing for Director Pompeo that he was willing to do that", said New Hampshire's Senator Jeanne Shaheen. This time round, they're voting no.

Although there are 51 Republicans in the Senate, Sen. Now, thanks to the opposition from those 10 Democrats and Paul, it appears that Pompeo could soon become the first secretary of state nominee in history to receive a negative recommendation from the committee.

On Thursday, Democratic 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.

In a press release, Heitkamp stated Pompeo "demonstrated throughout this nomination course of and through our assembly in March that he's dedicated to empowering the diplomats on the State Division to allow them to do their jobs in advancing American pursuits".

Trump was the primary difference between Tillerson's confirmation vote and those of his predecessors. Schumer voted to confirm Pompeo past year.

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