Senate Dem hoping Pompeo now has 'greater appreciation' for balancing national security, civil rights

 Senate Dem hoping Pompeo now has 'greater appreciation' for balancing national security, civil rights
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Sen. Ben CardinBenjamin (Ben) Louis CardinSenate confirms two Treasury nominees over Democratic objections Congress passes bill to begin scenic byways renaissance GOP lawmaker: 'Dangerous' abuse of Interpol by Russia, China, Venezuela MORE (D-Md.) said on Tuesday that he hoped former Rep. Mike PompeoMichael (Mike) Richard PompeoOvernight Defense: Trump says he has 'many options' on Iran | Hostage negotiator chosen for national security adviser | Senate Dems block funding bill | Documents show Pentagon spent at least 4K at Trump's Scotland resort Trump says he has 'many options' on Iran Trump doubles down on Graham: 'How did going into Iraq work out?' MORE's (R-Kan.) tenure as CIA director has given him "a greater appreciation for the balance between national security and civil rights."

Cardin's comments came hours after President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump conversation with foreign leader part of complaint that led to standoff between intel chief, Congress: report Pelosi: Lewandowski should have been held in contempt 'right then and there' Trump to withdraw FEMA chief nominee: report MORE announced that he would nominate Pompeo to replace Rex Tillerson as secretary of State. Cardin, a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, voted against Pompeo's confirmation as CIA chief last year after Trump tapped Pompeo for the job.

"I am hopeful that after his time at the CIA, Director Pompeo has a greater appreciation for the balance between national security and civil rights, as well as the important role of our national security public servants," Cardin said. "I look forward to a robust hearing in the near future."

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In nominating Pompeo to replace Tillerson at the State Department, Trump is angling to install a top diplomat more closely aligned with him on issues including the Iran nuclear deal. 

Pompeo has supported keeping the prison at Guantánamo Bay open and has echoed Trump's rhetoric on "radical Islamic terrorism."

Speaking to reporters at the White House on Tuesday shortly after Tillerson's ouster, Trump praised Pompeo, saying that the two are "always on the same wavelength" and that he was "getting very close to having the Cabinet" he wants.

"I think Mike Pompeo will be a truly great secretary of State. I have total confidence in him," Trump said. "As far as 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 is concerned, I very much appreciate his commitment and his service and I wish him well. He's a good man."