The United states Senate Foreign Relations Committee voted favourably recommend Mike Pompeo to be US President Donald Trump’s secretary of state to replace Rex Tillerson who was fired last month.
Pompeo who currently is serving as director of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA] got favoured by committee voted along party lines on Monday.
The vote was closely watched because Pompeo was at risk of not winning a majority, which would have been a rare rebuke of a nominee for the job of secretary of state. Other recent nominees have received the unanimous backing of the committee.
Pompeo’s nomination now goes to the full Senate, where votes are tallying in his favour. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says he looks forward to voting to confirm Pompeo this week.
After calling continuously for weeks for Director Pompeo to support President Trump’s belief that the Iraq war was a mistake, and that it is time to leave Afghanistan, today I received confirmation the Director Pompeo agrees with @realDonaldTrump,” Paul tweeted. “I have decided to support his nomination to be our next Secretary of State.”
All Republicans originally voted in favor of Pompeo, while all Democrats voted against him — but Sen. Johnny Isakson (R-GA) was not present at the committee because he was giving a eulogy for a friend. He voted for Pompeo by proxy, but according to Sen. Bob Corker (R-TN), the committee’s chairman, the committee could not send Pompeo’s nomination to the floor with an endorsement unless all the present “yes” votes outnumbered the present “no” votes.
The Senate, where Republicans hold a 51-49 advantage, to officially confirm Pompeo because three Democrats have already said they’ll vote for Trump’s pick. The endorsements by Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (ND), Sen. Joe Manchin (WV), and Sen. Joe Donnelly (IN) — who are all up for reelection in states Trump won — will pave the way for Pompeo to become the nation’s chief diplomat.
One Republican, Senator Rand Paul, voted yes after saying last week that he planned to break ranks and join all 10 Democrats in voting no. He told the committee he had been given assurances from the president that Pompeo has “incorporated the idea that the Iraq war was a mistake.”
Pompeo is expected to become secretary of state when the full Senate votes later this week. Republicans hold a thin majority in the chamber, and a few Democrats have said they will vote yes