Mike Pompeo’s Close Call ✔️

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Stamp of approval

Remember Trump’s new pick for Sec of State Mike Pompeo? He received approval from the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, but it was a close call. Initially, there was enough opposition from Democrats and Republicans to block his Foreign Relations Committee approval, but noted Republican holdout Rand Paul changed his vote at the last minute, giving Pompeo enough support for approval. Now, his confirmation is headed to the Senate floor on Friday for the final vote.
 

Barely eking by

Had Pompeo been rejected by the Foreign Relations Committee, it would have been pretty embarrassing for team Trump. High ranking cabinet level picks usually receive backing at the committee level pretty handily, and Pompeo would have been the first Secretary of State pick to not receive favorable approval at the committee level.



The right sees the whole committee confirmation fiasco as a sign that Democrats are willing to put their own political agenda of obstructing everything Trump does ahead of America’s best interests. Pompeo’s close personal relationship with Trump is seen as a positive because they believe America’s foreign policy will be more coherent and effective; unlike before, when Tillerson and Trump often had contradictory foreign policy views.

 

The left doesn’t believe Pompeo is fit to be Secretary of State. They claim he is undiplomatic in a job that requires diplomacy of the highest level, and are worried about his hawkish foreign policy stance. Also, because of his personal closeness with the President, they believe Pompeo won’t be able to stand up to Trump’s wild side the way Rex Tillerson was able to.  


Tougher confirmations over time

 

In the past, Senate confirmations were overwhelmingly approved with support from both parties. For example, George W Bush’s Secretary of State pick, Condoleezza Rice, was confirmed 85-13. Tillerson, on the other hand, received only 56 yes votes. Pompeo is expected to receive even less than that. To put it into perspective, Tillerson’s was the most contentious and partisan confirmation for Secretary of State since 1825 when Henry Clay was confirmed 27-14. It’s a sign that Congress is more divided and that voting is following party lines more often.

 

Pompeo waiting for his Senate confirmation

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