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The Senate vote on his nomination also is expected to be close, with as yet only two Democrats, Senators Heidi Heitkamp and Joe Manchin, announcing their support for Pompeo's confirmation.

Director Mike Pompeo is on track for a negative recommendation Monday from the Senate committee considering his nomination as secretary of state, a vote that would mark an unusual rebuke to a central member of President Donald Trump's foreign policy team.

Democrats are more likely to object because Pompeo is too closely aligned with Trump on global issues, hostile to the Iran nuclear deal and given to harsh remarks about Muslims and homosexuality.

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. "The Dems will not approve hundreds of good people, including the Ambassador to Germany".

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.

Paul, the libertarian-leaning senator from Kentucky, was the only Republican to vote against Pompeo during his Central Intelligence Agency confirmation hearing. White House allies are unloading ad campaigns against Democrats from Trump-won states, including North Dakota, Indiana and Missouri, to vote for the president's nominee.

"Mike Pompeo is outstanding".

"I don't agree with every position he's taken or every word he has spoken, ' Sen".

Later on Monday, Democratic Sen.

With a razor-thin Republican majority in the Senate and Democrats largely opposed to Mr Pompeo's nomination, the White House has been playing up his readiness for the job, casting him as an already crucial member of Mr Trump's foreign policy circle who sees him most mornings to help deliver the intelligence community's classified daily briefing.

"Just as President Obama was entitled to nominees, even if I disagreed with them, President Trump has his nominees that should be voted on", Gardner said. 'However, I remain concerned that Director Pompeo will not challenge the President in critical moments. "I believe Director Pompeo is capable of advancing USA interests and leading the State Department, and I will support his nomination".

As the nomination moves to the Senate floor, the GOP's slim majority, which slips with the absence of Sen. He has since become one of Trump's most trusted advisers. But he faces deep skepticism from Democrats.

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