Manchin Will Vote to Confirm Pompeo

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"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. Pompeo's nomination could still be taken up by the full Senate, with a vote expected later in the week. "Urge Senator Manchin to again vote yes for Mike Pompeo".

Both of the senators join North Dakota Sen.

CIA Director Mike Pompeo is appearing to have enough support to clear the Senate.

The Senate Foreign Relations Committee will vote on Pompeo's nomination Monday. Those opposed to Pompeo have pointed to his hawkish foreign policy positions and comments about minorities, particularly Muslims and gay people. As soon as Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D., became the first Democrat to come out in favor of Pompeo.

"I haven't made up my mind", Manchin said this week. 'But I believe he has an extensive knowledge of world affairs that has been enhanced by his time at the Central Intelligence Agency'.

Later on Monday, Democratic Sen.

Delaware Democratic Sen. Chris Coons, who was among the last Democrats on the panel to announce his no vote, said he's is concerned that Pompeo "will embolden, rather than moderate or restrain" Trump's 'most belligerent and risky instincts'. "I'm leaning against", Coons said Wednesday.

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"If he's confirmed, I'll hold Mr. Pompeo accountable to make sure he advances our country's leadership in the world and supports our embassies - including by filling critical jobs that have been vacant, like for the U.S. Ambassador to South Korea". On vital decisions facing our country, Director Pompeo seems less concerned with rule of law and partnership with our allies and more inclined to emphasize unilateral action and the use of force'.

Despite colleagues' reservations about his appointment to be the nation's top diplomat, Gardner has remained steadfast in his support for Pompeo since his nomination was announced.

Pompeo needs 51 votes to be confirmed by the full Senate to succeed Rex Tillerson, who was ousted in March - and with Paul's opposition and Sen.

Sen. Tom Cotton, an Arkansas Republican who has been among Pompeo's most vocal champions in the Senate, lambasted his colleagues ahead of voting.

He could receive an unfavorable recommendation, which according to the Senate historian's office has never happened for a secretary of state nominee before. But he faces deep skepticism from Democrats.

But with Coons' announcement, all ten Democrats on the committee have now announced that they would not support Pompeo.