Senator Tim Kaine (D-Va.) said Sunday he will not support confirming CIA Director Mike Pompeo’s nomination to secretary of state.
“I have decided to vote against him to be secretary of state,” Kaine said on CBS News’ “Face the Nation.”
“We have a president who is anti-diplomacy and I worry that Mike Pompeo has shown the same tendency to oppose diplomacy,” Kaine told host Margaret Brennan. “We need a secretary of state who is going to stand up for strong diplomacy. I don’t believe that is Director Pompeo’s inclination.”
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In a separate statement shared on Twitter, Kaine explained that though he had voted for Pompeo to be CIA Director and “honor[ed] his public service,” he could not support him taking the role as the nation’s top diplomat.
“Now more than ever, we need a Secretary of State who will stand strong for vigorous U.S. diplomacy. I believe that Mike Pompeo would exacerbate President Trump’s weaknesses rather than uphold our diplomatic legacy,” he said.
Other lawmakers, including Republican Sen. Rand Paul (Ky.), have said they will oppose Pompeo’s nomination.
Members of the women’s grassroots organization Code Pink also raised concerns about Pompeo taking on the role of secretary of state during his confirmation hearing last week.
One of the protesters was escorted away by police after interrupting the hearing to shout: “This man is no diplomat! Warmonger!”
It was revealed last week that special counsel Robert Mueller has questioned Pompeo as part of his probe into alleged Russian meddling and collusion in the 2016 presidential campaign.