Trump formally sends Pompeo nomination to Senate

Trump formally sends Pompeo nomination to Senate
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President TrumpDonald John TrumpCNN analyst Kirsten Powers: Melania's jacket should read 'Let them eat cake' CNN's Cuomo confronts Lewandowski over 'womp womp' remark Sessions says FBI agent Peter Strzok no longer has his security clearance MORE formally sent Mike PompeoMichael (Mike) Richard PompeoThe Hill's 12:30 Report — Sponsored by Delta Air Lines – First lady makes surprise visit to migrant children at border The Hill's Morning Report — Sponsored by PhRMA — Trump caves under immense pressure — what now? Mattis 'not aware' of North Korea taking any steps to denuclearize MORE’s nomination for secretary of State to the Senate on Tuesday.

Pompeo, who previously ran the CIA, would replace Rex TillersonRex Wayne TillersonTrump cannot blame policy of separating children on Obama North Korea looked to set up communications back channel through Kushner: report North America wins 2026 bid to host World Cup after lobbying from Trump MORE, who was ousted from his top spot at the State Department by Trump earlier this month.

Trump offered praise for his new Secretary of State nominee during a speech at a GOP fundraiser dinner on Tuesday.

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"Mike is going to do a great job,” Trump told the audience.

The abrupt replacement comes as the president prepares to meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un to negotiate the regime's weapons program.

Some Senate Democrats have voiced concerns about Pompeo, though Minority Leader Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerMontana's environmental lobby teams with governor to kill 600 jobs Dems allow separation of parents, children to continue, just to score political points Democrats' education agenda would jeopardize state-level success MORE (D) has said he isn’t actively urging Democrats to oppose his nomination and a White House aide has said the administration expects enough Democrats to support him.

Sen. Rand PaulRandal (Rand) Howard PaulGOP senators call for probe of federal grants on climate change Overnight Health Care — Presented by the Association of American Medical Colleges — Key ObamaCare groups in limbo | Opioids sending thousands of kids into foster care | House passes bill allowing Medicaid to pay for opioid treatments US watchdog: 'We failed' to stem Afghan opium production MORE (R-Ky.) however has criticized Trump for appointing someone who has a favorable opinion of the Iraq War, refusing to rule out a possible filibuster.

Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamSenate panel advances three spending bills Trump says he will sign executive order to end family separations Trump backs narrow bill halting family separations: official MORE (R-S.C.), however, has said he believes Pompeo has enough support to be confirmed.