Trump formally sends Pompeo nomination to Senate

Trump formally sends Pompeo nomination to Senate
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President TrumpDonald John TrumpSunday shows preview: Trump sells U.N. reorganizing and Kavanaugh allegations dominate Ex-Trump staffer out at CNN amid “false and defamatory accusations” Democrats opposed to Pelosi lack challenger to topple her MORE formally sent Mike PompeoMichael (Mike) Richard PompeoSunday shows preview: Trump sells U.N. reorganizing and Kavanaugh allegations dominate Pompeo: 'We've not been successful' in changing US-Russia relations Positive Moon-Kim summit creates a diplomatic opening in North Korea MORE’s nomination for secretary of State to the Senate on Tuesday.

Pompeo, who previously ran the CIA, would replace Rex TillersonRex Wayne TillersonSunday shows preview: Trump sells U.N. reorganizing and Kavanaugh allegations dominate Pompeo working to rebuild ties with US diplomats: report NYT says it was unfair on Haley curtain story 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 SchumerTrump, GOP regain edge in Kavanaugh battle READ: President Trump’s exclusive interview with Hill.TV The Hill's 12:30 Report — Trump slams Sessions in exclusive Hill.TV interview | Kavanaugh accuser wants FBI investigation 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 PaulConservatives left frustrated as Congress passes big spending bills Senate approves 4B spending bill Some employees' personal data revealed in State Department email breach: report 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 GrahamSunday shows preview: Trump sells U.N. reorganizing and Kavanaugh allegations dominate Kim, Moon toss ball to Trump in ‘last, best chance’ for Korean peace GOP senator: Kavanaugh accuser 'moving the goalposts' MORE (R-S.C.), however, has said he believes Pompeo has enough support to be confirmed.