Trump formally sends Pompeo nomination to Senate

Trump formally sends Pompeo nomination to Senate
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President TrumpDonald John TrumpHarris bashes Kavanaugh's 'sham' nomination process, calls for his impeachment after sexual misconduct allegation Celebrating 'Hispanic Heritage Month' in the Age of Trump Let's not play Charlie Brown to Iran's Lucy MORE formally sent Mike PompeoMichael (Mike) Richard PompeoSchiff: Diplomacy with Iran 'only way out of this situation' Bolton exit provokes questions about Trump shift on Iran Buttigieg: Not too late for US to be 'constructive force' in Middle East MORE’s nomination for secretary of State to the Senate on Tuesday.

Pompeo, who previously ran the CIA, would replace Rex TillersonRex Wayne TillersonPompeo sees status grow with Bolton exit Trump blasts 'Mr. Tough Guy' Bolton: 'He made some very big mistakes' Fox's Cavuto roasts Trump over criticism of network 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 SchumerSinema says she would back Kennedy in race against Markey Democrats threaten to withhold defense votes over wall Pelosi: 'People are dying' because McConnell won't bring up gun legislation 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 PaulLiz Cheney says world is more stable, 'safer' under Trump Sunday shows preview: Democratic candidates make the rounds after debate Paul calls into Wyoming TV station to talk Cheney feud 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 GrahamBolton exit provokes questions about Trump shift on Iran The 13 Republicans needed to pass gun-control legislation Graham: US should consider strike on Iranian oil refineries after attack on Saudi Arabia MORE (R-S.C.), however, has said he believes Pompeo has enough support to be confirmed.