Kaine to oppose Pompeo for secretary of state

- April 15, 2018

Sen. Tim Kaine announced on Sunday he would oppose Mike Pompeo to be secretary of state, further complicating the CIA director's confirmation prospects on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

“We have a president who is anti-diplomacy. And I worry that Mike Pompeo has shown the same tendency to oppose diplomacy," Kaine, a member of the Foreign Relations Committee who voted for Pompeo to take over the CIA, said on CBS' "Face the Nation.”

"I don’t want a secretary of state who is going to exacerbate [President Donald Trump's] tendencies," the Democratic senator from Virginia said, noting Pompeo's opposition to the Iran nuclear deal and for taking military action without the approval of Congress.

In addition to Kaine, fellow panel members Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) and Rand Paul (R-Ky.), have signaled they would also vote against Pompeo's nomination.

Even if Pompeo doesn't win the committee's endorsement, Senate Republican leaders will still likely bring his nomination to the floor, where he could be approved.

“We're going to have a floor vote. I'm telling what you my vote is,” Kaine said.


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