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

President TrumpDonald John TrumpDemocrats' CNN town halls exposed an extreme agenda Buttigieg says he doubts Sanders can win general election Post-Mueller, Trump has a good story to tell for 2020 MORE on Wednesday expressed optimism that Mike PompeoMichael (Mike) Richard PompeoThe Hill's Morning Report - Will Joe Biden's unifying strategy work? Iran sanctions aren't a realistic path to peace Schumer, author discussed possible Kansas Senate run: report 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 PaulDem super PAC campaign urges Republicans to back impeachment Booker, Harris have missed most Senate votes Trump vetoes measure ending US support for Saudi-led war in Yemen 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.”