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Feinstein comes out against Pompeo for secretary of State

Feinstein comes out against Pompeo for secretary of State
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Sen. Dianne FeinsteinDianne Emiel FeinsteinThe Hill's Morning Report — Presented by the Coalition for Affordable Prescription Drugs — Pollsters: White college-educated women to decide if Dems capture House Trump, Feinstein feud intensifies over appeals court nominees American Bar Association dropping Kavanaugh review MORE (D-Calif.) said on Tuesday that she opposes CIA Director Mike PompeoMichael (Mike) Richard PompeoIMF's Christine Lagarde delays trip to Middle East Saudi mystery drives wedge between Trump, GOP Overnight Defense: Trump worries Saudi Arabia treated as 'guilty until proven innocent' | McConnell opens door to sanctions | Joint Chiefs chair to meet Saudi counterpart | Mattis says Trump backs him '100 percent' MORE’s nomination to be secretary of State.

“I sense a certain disdain for diplomacy in Mike Pompeo that I believe disqualifies him from being our next senior diplomat,” Feinstein said in a press release. “I urge President TrumpDonald John TrumpFive takeaways from Cruz, O'Rourke's debate showdown Arpaio files libel suit against New York Times IMF's Christine Lagarde delays trip to Middle East MORE to nominate someone capable of proudly representing all of America in the pursuit of peace.”

Feinstein said that she was concerned about Pompeo’s past statements about Muslims and the LGBT community and thinks that the secretary of State should be “committed to diplomacy and view war as a last resort.”

She attacked Pompeo for his opposition to multilateral negotiations with Iran that later led to the Iran nuclear deal, which Pompeo said he “looked forward to rolling back.”

President Trump abruptly fired Secretary of State Rex Tillerson last month and announced Pompeo, a former Kansas congressman, as his replacement.

With Sen. John McCainJohn Sidney McCainComey donates maximum amount to Democratic challenger in Virginia House race Live coverage: McSally clashes with Sinema in Arizona Senate debate Is there difference between good and bad online election targeting? MORE (R-Ariz.) in Arizona battling cancer and Sen. Rand PaulRandal (Rand) Howard PaulSaudi mystery drives wedge between Trump, GOP Noisy democracy, or rude people behaving like children? Lawmakers, Wall Street shrug off Trump's escalating Fed attacks MORE (R-Ky.) saying he will vote "no", Pompeo would need at least one Democrat and all remaining Republicans in the Senate to back his confirmation.

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Republicans and Trump have targeted a number of red-state Democrats who are vulnerable in the upcoming midterm elections and might vote for Trump’s nominee to win favor with Trump supporters in their districts.

Feinstein, however, is facing a primary challenge from the left in California but is unlikely to get a difficult Republican challenger in November's midterms.

Even though a substantial number of Democrats backed Pompeo during his confirmation to be CIA director, he has yet to receive a single Democrat’s commitment to vote for his confirmation in Foggy Bottom.

Sen. Chris MurphyChristopher (Chris) Scott MurphySaudi mystery drives wedge between Trump, GOP Overnight Defense: Trump worries Saudi Arabia treated as 'guilty until proven innocent' | McConnell opens door to sanctions | Joint Chiefs chair to meet Saudi counterpart | Mattis says Trump backs him '100 percent' Pompeo: Saudis committed to 'accountability' over journalist's disappearance MORE (D-Conn.), a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said Monday that he will vote against Pompeo’s confirmation because of his hawkish record that would prioritize military solutions over diplomatic solutions.

Murphy’s opposition makes it harder for the committee to report him out favorably.