Kaine to vote against Pompeo for secretary of State

Mike Pompeo

Mike Pompeo

Pompeo was tapped by President Donald Trump to replace the fired Rex Tillerson.

Kaine says he's made a decision to vote no, because "we have a president who is anti-diplomacy, and I worry that Mike Pompeo has shown the same tendency to oppose diplomacy...he spoke about the relative ease of wiping out Iran's nuclear capacity with a bombing run". "I did vote for him as Central Intelligence Agency director". "I think everyone knows that we sent a strong message, and our hope is that they listen to it". "And I worry that Mike Pompeo has shown the same tendency to oppose diplomacy". "He was not just against the Iran deal when he was a House member, but he spoke about the relative ease of wiping out Iran's nuclear capacity with a bombing run". But look, we have a president who is anti-diplomacy.

Pompeo, who graduated first in his class at West Point and served in the Persian Gulf War, addressed his "hawk" reputation during his confirmation hearing, saying war should always be "the last resort".

However, those Democrats say the role of secretary of state requires greater scrutiny as Pompeo's job will be to ensure all diplomatic channels are exhausted before any potential war. These new sanctions "will go directly to any sort of companies that were dealing with equipment related to [Syrian President Bashar al-Assad] and chemical weapons use", she said. "It must always be so".

Other lawmakers, including Republican Sen. Pacific commander nominee heads before Congress Trump should actually welcome Chuck Grassley's bill to protect Robert Mueller MORE (R-Ky.) has also said he will oppose Pompeo.

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