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Whitehouse reverses course, decides against Pompeo nomination ahead of hearings



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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Steve Ahlquist is Uprise RI's co-founder and lead reporter. He has covered human rights, social justice, progressive politics and environmental news for nearly a decade.