In today's heated, partisan climate, the political attacks are predictable and many expect Democrats and their outside allies will do their best to undermine and radicalize Pompeo's views despite the fact just over a year ago he won Senate confirmation as CIA Director by a 66-32 margin.
"What I liked about candidate Trump was his strong condemnation of the Iraq War", said Paul.
"I can't support people who never understood America First and want to manipulate the President into the sphere of the neocons who never met a war they didn't want to star in", Paul said.
It will be the first meeting between Pompeo, who is leaving his post as Central Intelligence Agency director, and Tillerson since Trump's decision to fire the former Exxon Mobil CEO last week following a series of rifts over policy on North Korea, Russia and Iran.
Paul also expressed concern over Pompeo's support for maintaining and expanding the growing surveillance state, including his call in a 2016 Wall Street Journal op-ed for Congress to "pass a law re-establishing collection of all metadata, and combining it with publicly available financial and lifestyle information into a comprehensive, searchable database".
Paul said he takes issue with Pompeo's hawkish statements and does not think the congressman turned spy chief would be a "good fit" for the nation's top diplomatic post. "He shares the president's worldview that North Korea is a risky place, and I think he can do an outstanding job to the world explaining President Trump's foreign policy".
At a routine news conference in Taipei, Department of North American Affairs Director-General Remus Chen (陳立國) said Pompeo was "an extraordinary friend" of Taiwan.
"Torture is the hallmark of totalitarianism", Paul continued.
"It has been postponed for now", an informed United States official said. One Republican, Senator Rand Paul, another member of the foreign relations committee, has already said he will not vote for him. Wyoming Rep. Liz Cheney, the daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney, tweeted that Paul is "defending and sympathizing with terrorists".