Marc Short: Democrats are being pressured to vote against Mike Pompeo

Mike Pompeo testifying to the Senate during hearings on his appointment as Secretary of State

President Donald Trump's nominee for secretary of state, Mike Pompeo, is facing serious opposition before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, which may not have enough votes to recommend him for confirmation because all Democrats, and at least one Republican, have said they will oppose him.

Coons, the last Democrat on the panel to announce his position, said in a statement that he was encouraged by Pompeo's commitment to the diplomatic corps that he laid out in his confirmation hearing but concluded that the current Central Intelligence Agency director and former congressman would embolden rather than temper President Donald Trump's most bellicose instincts. "I can not overlook grave doubts about his anti-diplomacy disposition", said Sen.

However, since Republican Senator Rand Paul and all 10 committee Democrats have announced opposition, Pompeo will not be approved by the committee unless someone changes their position.

An unfavorable recommendation out of committee has no practical effect.

Pompeo's confirmation before the full Senate now hangs in balance, with the votes of just a handful of senators determining whether he becomes the nation's top diplomat after Trump fired Rex Tillerson last month.

Mr. Pompeo now heads the Central Intelligence Agency but was nominated by President Trump to take over at the State Department after former Secretary Rex W. Tillerson was sacked.

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"I think Mike Pompeo will go down as one of the great secretary of states", he said. "He (was) a very studious member of Congress - always came prepared and could always come up with a creative solution on whatever policy problem was in front of us". GOP Sen. Jeff Flake of Arizona has signaled he has some concerns about Pompeo's nomination but hasn't yet said how he'll vote. Heidi Heitkamp, also represents a Trump supporting state, West Virginia.

The chairman of the committee, Republican Sen.

The committee action won't necessarily stall Pompeo's confirmation before the full Senate, but it would be an unusual setback not seen since the panel took a pass on John Bolton, President George W. Bush's pick for ambassador to the United Nations. Seven Democrats remained publicly uncommitted, including other Red State Democrats up for reelection this year such as Sens. Joe Donnelly of IN, and Claire McCaskill of Missouri - all of whom are up for re-election this year IN states that Trump won by big margins IN 2016.

Historically, secretaries of State have enjoyed large, bipartisan margins of support. Both Secretaries Hillary Clinton and John Kerry were confirmed with 94 votes in support under President Obama.

President Trump has not fared as well. Later this week, Pompeo might test that record.

Instead of allow an unfavorable vote onto your panel, at which Republicans have a majority, in case Pompeo can't discover capital senators may choose not to issue a recommendation.

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