Democrats threatened to derail the appointment of Mike Pompeo as secretary of state but he prevailed in the end. The senate confirmed him today on a vote of 57 to 42.
Pompeo confirmed as secretary of state
The Senate confirmed Mike Pompeo to be President Donald Trump’s secretary of state on Thursday, after a handful of Democrats facing difficult reelection challenges joined every Republican in backing the CIA director.
Pompeo’s hawkish foreign policy views drew strong opposition from the left, but he ultimately won over Democratic Sens. Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota, Joe Manchin of West Virginia, Joe Donnelly of Indiana, Bill Nelson of Florida, Claire McCaskill of Missouri and Doug Jones of Alabama.
Pompeo, who was confirmed on a 57-42 vote, was sworn in early Thursday afternoon by Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito, according to State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert.
He’s wasting little time. Almost immediately after being sworn in, Pompeo was to fly to Brussels for a meeting of foreign ministers, followed by stops in Riyadh, Jerusalem and Amman over the next four days. The newly minted secretary of state is expected to discuss a range of hot issues with counterparts in Europe and the Middle East, including the fate of the Iran nuclear deal.
Pompeo will be great in this role. It’s excellent that he can now get started.