In this April 12, 2018, photo, Secretary of State-designate Mike Pompeo speaks during the Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing on his confirmation on Capitol Hill in Washington. That year, Henry Wallace was confirmed to serve as President Franklin D. Roosevelt's commerce secretary without committee support.
Sanders told Fox & Friends early Monday morning that "at some point, Democrats have to decide whether they love this country more than they hate this president". Heidi Heitkamp, also represents a Trump supporting state, West Virginia. If Paul and all of the Democrats decline to support the nomination, Pompeo would not be recommended favorably to the Senate before a full vote.
Pressure is mounting on senators from both sides.
Trump tweeted about the opposition Pompeo in the hours before his vote. As soon as Sen.
The White House pressured senators to endorse Pompeo, now the Central Intelligence Agency director, with Trump blasting Democrats as "obstructionists" and his spokeswoman Sarah Sanders accusing them of playing "political games" with the crucial cabinet post.
Former Secretary of State Rex Tillerson was ousted from the role by Trump last month, and the president then nominated Pompeo, a former Tea Party congressman, for the role.
There are two other now undecided senators who caucus with the Democrats who are viewed as on the fence and possible yes votes: Sen.
In the committee, the resistance was building beforehand of Monday's session.
On the Senate floor, the focus will be on moderate Democrats who say they're keeping an open mind on Mr Pompeo.
Several days ago, Trump said, "I will say this about Rand Paul: He's never let me down". "But I continue to be anxious that Director Pompeo won't challenge the President in significant moments. On vital decisions facing our country, Director Pompeo seems less concerned with rule of law and partnership with our allies and more inclined to emphasize unilateral action and the use of force". But the rare rebuke expected from the panel Monday, even after Pompeo's recent visit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, would be the first time in years that a nominee for the high-level Cabinet position did not receive a favorable committee vote.
In a rare rebuke to a US president on a confirmation vote for a key national security position, the panel could give Pompeo an unfavorable recommendation and still send his nomination to the full Senate. Bob Menendez, D-N.J., ranking member on Foreign Relations, said in remarks last week announcing his opposition to Pompeo.
There are 11 of Trump's fellow Republicans and 10 Democrats on the Foreign Relations Committee.