President Trump appears to have brushed aside another hurdle at getting Mike Pompeo confirmed as his Secretary of State.
After initially saying he could not endorse Pompeo, Senator Rand Paul has reversed his position and will now be voting to confirm the appointment.
One of the reasons Rand Paul was not supporting Pompeo is because he believed Pompeo was not on the same page as Trump regarding our involvement in several conflicts.
After speaking to both the President and Pompeo several times, Rand is now confident the President will be receiving advice that fits in with his overall agenda.
Rand stated, “Many of these wars were ill-advised, and his goal is, really to get out of many of these wars. That’s a goal I share.”
Rand released a statement via Twitter explaining his new position.
The Senator tweeted, “President Trump believes that Iraq was a mistake, that regime change has destabilized the region, and that we must end our own involvement with Afghanistan.”
He continued, “Having received assurances from President Trump and Director Pompeo that he agrees with the President on these important issues, I have decided to support his nomination to be our next Secretary of State.”
One Obstacle Behind
Pompeo getting through the Senate Committee is a huge step.
Because Pompeo was not getting across-the-board Republican support, many questioned if Pompeo would even get to the next step in the process.
Had Paul not flipped, Pompeo would have been the first-ever Secretary of State nominee not to make it past the Senate Committee.
Getting Past the Senate
Believe it or not, the hard part may actually be behind Pompeo.
Even with “obstructionists” trying to block the appointment, it should go through without much of a problem.
As it stands now, at least three Senate Democrats have said they will give Pompeo a “yes” vote during his confirmation hearing.
If that holds true, and assuming all Republicans vote “yes,” Pompeo will have enough votes to begin his service as our Secretary of State.
Like many of Trump’s other cabinet appointments, Pompeo has military experience (he actually graduated first in his class at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point) with a law degree from Harvard as the cherry on top.
He has already been the front man for Trump to negotiate the summit meeting with North Korea, which alone has many thinking he is the perfect man for the job.