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Pompeo poised to be top US diplomat even if Senate panel spurns him

We certainly have some disagreements with the president's conduct of foreign policy, but that's no reason to oppose the appointment of Mr. Pompeo.

A negative vote on Pompeo's nomination would not necessarily have precluded the full Senate from taking it up.

Yet Mr Tillerson was confirmed on a party-line vote of 56-43. Regardless of what the committee does, however, his fate will nearly certainly reach the Senate floor for approval. Christopher Coons of DE volunteered to change his vote to "present" - making the vote 11 in favor, 9 opposed and 1 present, and enabling the committee to quickly push Pompeo's nomination to the floor.

"Nothing could better underscore the importance of getting America's top diplomat in place for such a time as this", White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders tweeted. "I also met with and spoke to Director Pompeo".

Sen. Rand Paul said Wednesday that his conversation with Mike Pompeo about Middle Eastern policy helped change his position and support Mr. Pompeo's nomination as secretary of state.

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They include Senators Joe Donnelly of IN and Mr Joe Manchin of West Virginia, who haven't yet said how they'll vote.

Democrats also point to comments by Pompeo that they say betray prejudice against lesbians, gay men, bisexuals and transgender people and against Muslims. Again, what makes Pompeo any different?

But supporters of Pompeo feared that he would become the country's 70th secretary of state with a bruised standing on the world stage after a Foreign Relations Committee rebuke.

At the urging of panel chairman Bob Corker, R-Tenn., Democratic Sen.

Because Democrats Joe Manchin, Joe Donnelly, and Heidi Heitkamp http://thehill.com/homenews/senate/384530-rands-reversal-advances-pompeo have said that they will vote for Pompeo, he's slated to get 53 votes - a win.

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Among them are Mr Doug Jones of Alabama and Mr Mark Warner of Virginia, who as the top Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee says he has a strong working relationship with Mr Pompeo.

The Kentucky senator was originally against Mr. Pompeo's confirmation for his past support of the Iraq War.

Instead, the North demanded that the US agree to establish diplomatic relations and ease economic sanctions, but declined at this stage to detail what measures it will take and in what timeframe, according to the daily.

Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Arizona, had also expressed some reservations about Pompeo, but told CBS News' Ed O'Keefe that he had also made a decision to support Pompeo's nomination. Sen.

"My mission, and I've articulated my own personal views on this - we have a responsibility to achieve a condition where Kim Jong-un is unable to threaten the United States of America with a nuclear weapon", Pompeo said.

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