Whitehouse reverses course, decides against Pompeo nomination ahead of hearings

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Today, Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (Democrat, Rhode Island) released the following statement opposing the nomination of Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) Director Mike Pompeo to serve as Secretary of State:

“The Secretary of State has a much broader policy portfolio than the CIA Director. In that portfolio, Mr Pompeo’s record as a member of Congress is alarming. He denied human beings’ role in driving climate change. He vilified people based on their faith, and attacked women’s essential reproductive rights. And he pushed reckless military intervention over diplomacy. His extreme views on these issues – and many more – make me unable to support his nomination as America’s top diplomat.

“I hope he comes to recognize the vital role the State Department plays in strengthening the power of America’s example, and in fostering peace and prosperity around the globe.”

On Sunday Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (Democrat, Rhode Island) declined to commit to opposing Pompeo’s nomination.

Both Senator Jack Reed (Democrat, Rhode Island) and Whitehouse voted in favor of Pompeo to lead the CIA.

Earlier today Reed also issued a release declaring opposition to Pompeo as Secretary of State.

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  1. APRIL 17: Whitehouse said, “I can’t foresee a circumstance that would cause me to vote ‘Yes’ for Mike Pompeo for Secretary of State.”

    APRIL 18: Whitehouse said Pompeo’s, “views on these issues – and many more – make me unable to support his nomination as America’s top diplomat.”

    Not sure, Steve, why you call that a “reversal.” Both statements sound equally opposed to Pompeo to me. To be frank, I think you’re splitting hairs in order to spin up some “reversal” that doesn’t exist. At no time did Whitehouse ever say he supported Pompeo, and both statements say he won’t support him.Where’s the reversal?

    • Because in the first article he would not absolutely say no until the hearings were over, and in the second article he said no ahead of the hearings. That is a reversal.

      • I see. He said he didn’t want to make a statement until after the hearing, and then he made a statement before the hearing. You’re right. Thanks for clarifying! i appreciate it.

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