North Korea meeting won't affect Pompeo vote in US Senate: committee chair

Mike Pompeo hunts for Democratic votes in his floor confirmation strategy

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Democrats aren't the only lawmakers on the committee who have announced their opposition to Pompeo. Sen. "Got along with him really well, really great", Trump said.

Pompeo would need 51 votes in the 100-member chamber. Should they lose more Republicans, more Democrats would be needed to get the nomination across the finish line.

"I will say this about Rand Paul".

Paul's opposition is significant because he sits on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and his stance puts Pompeo on track to be the first nominee for this position to have an unfavorable recommendation out of committee since 1925, when committee decisions on secretary of state nominees began being made public.

"Even in my private conversations with him, he didn't tell me about his visit to North Korea", Menendez, a New Jersey Democrat, said in his statement. "And I don't think he'll let us down again", Trump said.

Foreign Relations Committee members Jeanne Shaheen and Tim Kaine have both expressed their concerns about his suitability for the role, meaning it is extremely unlikely he will have the panel's endorsement when the full Senate votes on his nomination. Rove said the opposition stems from an "impulse of rage against President Trump", rather than a true objection to his qualifications. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.), referring to the 19th-century French diplomat Charles Maurice de Talleyrand-Périgord, widely affiliated with cynical and double-dealing diplomacy. Pompeo has been making the rounds on Capitol Hill, meeting with previous "yes" votes, such as Manchin and Democratic Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) and Sen.

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"I'm just hear working every vote", Pompeo told reporters in passing between meetings.

"You're heading in the right direction", Democratic Sen. With Paul a "no" vote and Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (D-N.D.) and Joe Donnelly (D-Ind.).

Aides to Paul did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Pompeo's prospects may lie with a handful of moderate Democrats running for re-election this November in states Trump won.

Senator Bob Corker, the chairman of the foreign relations committee, acknowledged it was "difficult" for Democrats to vote for Pompeo. "I'm glad that he was there".

Cardin joined other Democrats on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee in opposing Pompeo's nomination. "I will not be supporting his nomination to be Secretary of State", Cardin wrote on Twitter.

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Republicans countered this narrative, saying his surprise visit to Pyongyang was further evidence that the Senate needs to confirm him quickly and could put those who oppose him in a bind.

"Mike will be in good shape". "He's already invested deeply in the upcoming summit between the president and [North Korean leader] Kim Jong Un". "I have a feeling it's going to work out very well".

He also slammed Pompeo for not disclosing the secret Kim meeting over Easter. Pompeo met directly with Kim, who since taking power in 2011 has ramped up the country's nuclear weapons program despite overwhelming worldwide condemnation.

President Trump confirmed on Twitter earlier Wednesday that Pompeo, 54, the Central Intelligence Agency director whom he nominated after firing Rex Tillerson last month, had met secretly with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un over the Easter weekend. His supporters say they expect that at best he would be confirmed by a narrow margin by the full Senate.

Other Democrats who voted yes previous year, like Sen.

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