Pompeo gets confirmation support from AL's Democratic senator
MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - CIA Director Mike Pompeo has found a supporter in Alabama' Democratic Sen. Doug Jones to become the next Secretary of State.
Jones said he and Pompeo met on April 19 and spoke again by phone Thursday.
His office released a statement saying the senator will support Pompeo's confirmation but also stating the senator's concerns about "troubling statements" Pompeo made while in Congress.
The statement reads:
“Around the world, we face dangerous threats from terrorist organizations like ISIS and state actors like North Korea and Russia, who are actively working to undermine our democracy and hurt Americans. Our nation needs a leader at the State Department who will put diplomacy first, defend our interests, strengthen our alliances, help keep our service members out of harm’s way, and work toward a more peaceful and stable world.
“After meeting with Director Pompeo, reviewing the record of his confirmation hearings, and speaking with others with expertise in national security and diplomacy, I believe he has the skills required to meet the weighty and urgent demands facing our State Department today. I have therefore decided to support his confirmation as Secretary of State. In his role at the CIA, Mr. Pompeo has demonstrated the ability to be an effective manager and operator on the world stage. I also believe his perspective having worked in the intelligence community will be valuable given the national security challenges he would face as Secretary on day one.
“In our conversations, I did share my concerns about certain troubling statements he made as a member of Congress. He gave me his word that, as Secretary of State, diplomacy would always be his first priority and he would ensure that our nation continues to be a leader in protecting human rights and the dignity of all people. If he is confirmed, I will join my colleagues both in working with him to tackle the very serious challenges and threats we face as a nation, as well as to provide continued oversight of his and his department’s actions.”
Pompeo avoided a rare rebuke Monday as the Senate Foreign Relations Committee narrowly recommended him, but the vote served as a warning shot to the White House as nominees to lead the CIA and Veterans Affairs are hitting stiff resistance, the Associated Press reported.
Democrats are overwhelmingly opposed to Pompeo's confirmation, but Jones support gives him at least his third supporter from across the aisle in a razor-thin, Republican-controlled Senate.
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