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"It would send a very bad sign, and it would, I believe, set back the preparations and perhaps even the results of that upcoming summit for Senate Democrats to oppose as a block Mike Pompeo's nomination to be secretary of state", he added.

No Democrats have said yet they'll support Mike Pompeo, keeping the Central Intelligence Agency director's fate unclear as the Senate prepares to vote on his nomination to be secretary of state. "He had a great meeting with Kim Jong Un and got along with him really well, really great", Trump said, referring to a trip Pompeo made over Easter weekend that was revealed Tuesday night.

Paul confirmed to reporters that he would meet with Pompeo on Thursday after receiving a call from Trump.

As Corker spoke on Wednesday, the top Democrat on Foreign Relations, Robert Menendez, was giving a speech in Washington announcing that he would not vote for Pompeo. "The American people deserve better".

Corker said he holds out hope that some Democrats will back Pompeo as a potentially good influence on an unpredictable president. "I'm very anxious that this summit is going to go very badly. but I think we should all admit that it's good, not bad, that the Trump administration is trying to do some work ahead of this meeting, perhaps setting the stage for success rather than failure". "Some here worry you're going to be too much in agreement with the president, I worry you're going to be too much in disagreement with the president".

In recent days, a number of Democrats have spoken out against his nomination.

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Are Senate Democrats trying to tank the bilateral negotiation with North Korea? Rand Paul of Kentucky, opposed — the committee may have few other options when it convenes as soon as next week.

Other Democrats echoed the notion that Pompeo would prioritize military solutions over diplomatic negotiations.

In addition to Pompeo's past defense of so-called "enhanced interrogation methods", Democrats also took issue with his controversial statements on Islam and homosexuality.

But with stiff opposition from Democrats - and at least one Republican, Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.), referring to the 19th-century French diplomat Charles Maurice de Talleyrand-Périgord, widely affiliated with cynical and double-dealing diplomacy. Democratic Sens. Dianne Feinstein of California, Jeanne Shaheen of New Hampshire, and Tim Kaine of Virginia all voted for Pompeo last time but have already expressed opposition to his nomination for secretary of state. She doesn't like that Mr. Pompeo supports traditional marriage. Many senators questioned whether he would stand up to the president on matters such as ripping up the Iran deal or launching talks with North Korea - or whether he would simply approve the president's predelictions to stay in his good graces. The trip was meant to hash out details on what would be the first-ever meeting between a US president and North Korean leader.

Likewise, Democratic Sens. Joe Manchin and Doug Jones have both said they arekeeping an open mind about Pompeo. John McCain, R-Ariz., is not well enough to vote. Rand Paul, R-Ky., was the lone Republican to vote against Pompeo's confirmation as the nation's spy chief past year.

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