Trump downplays concerns over Pompeo confirmation: He'll be a great secretary of State

President TrumpDonald John TrumpCNN's Camerota clashes with Trump's immigration head over president's tweet LA Times editorial board labels Trump 'Bigot-in-Chief' Trump complains of 'fake polls' after surveys show him trailing multiple Democratic candidates MORE on Wednesday expressed optimism that Mike PompeoMichael (Mike) Richard PompeoTrump's Iran policy proves the primacy of US power — but to what end? The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by JUUL Labs - Trump attack on progressive Dems draws sharp rebuke State Department raises concerns about Sweden's treatment of detained American rapper MORE, his pick for secretary of State, will make it through the confirmation process.

“I think that Mike will be in good shape. A lot of people are predicting other things, but I have a feeling it’s going to work out really well,” Trump told reporters at Mar-a-Lago.

As Pompeo faces a difficult confirmation vote, Trump praised his credentials, arguing that he'll go down "as truly a great secretary of State." 


"And by the way, he just left North Korea. He had a great meeting with Kim Jong Un and got along with him really well, really great," Trump said, referring to a trip Pompeo made over Easter weekend that was revealed Tuesday night.

All but one Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee has come out in opposition to Pompeo as secretary of State. As a result, he likely lacks the votes to win the support of a majority of the committee during a vote next week.

Sen. Rand PaulRandal (Rand) Howard PaulTrump nominees meet fiercest opposition from Warren, Sanders, Gillibrand Lawyer: Flynn will keep cooperating after co-conspirator revelations Fairness for High Skilled Immigrants Act exposes Silicon Valley's hollow diversity slogans MORE (R-Ky.) has already vowed to oppose Pompeo’s nomination, meaning Pompeo will need a Democratic senator to vote in his favor to be confirmed.

Trump on Wednesday downplayed concerns over the lack of support for Pompeo and suggested Paul may change his mind. 

“I will say this about Rand Paul — he’s never let me down,” Trump said. “Rand Paul is a very special guy, and as far as I’m concerned he’s never let me down, and I don’t think he’ll let us down again.”