Kaine to oppose Pompeo for secretary of state

Kaine to oppose Pompeo for secretary of state

By Martin Matishak (Politico) –

Sen. Tim Kaine announced on Sunday he would oppose Mike Pompeo’s nomination to be secretary of state, further complicating the CIA director’s confirmation prospects on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

“We have a president who is anti-diplomacy. And I worry that Mike Pompeo has shown the same tendency to oppose diplomacy,” Kaine, who as a member of the committee voted for Pompeo to take over the CIA, said on CBS’ “Face the Nation.”

“I don’t want a secretary of state who is going to exacerbate [President Donald Trump’s] tendencies,” the Democratic senator from Virginia said, noting Pompeo’s opposition to the Iran nuclear deal and support for taking military action without the approval of Congress.

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