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 CardinCongress eyes tighter restrictions on next round of small business help Senate passes extension of application deadline for PPP small-business loans 1,700 troops will support Trump 'Salute to America' celebrations July 4: Pentagon MORE (D-Md.) said on Tuesday that he hoped former Rep. Mike PompeoMichael (Mike) Richard PompeoHillicon Valley: QAnon scores wins, creating GOP problem | Supreme Court upholds regulation banning robocalls to cellphones | Foreign hackers take aim at homebound Americans | Uber acquires Postmates Senate Democrats urge Pompeo to ensure Americans living overseas can vote in November Trump administration praises UK sanctions on human rights abusers 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 TrumpCNN's Anderson Cooper: Trump's Bubba Wallace tweet was 'racist, just plain and simple' Beats by Dre announces deal with Bubba Wallace, defends him after Trump remarks Overnight Defense: DOD reportedly eyeing Confederate flag ban | House military spending bill blocks wall funding 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 TillersonHow the US could respond to Russia's support of the Taliban Trump insulted UK's May, called Germany's Merkel 'stupid' in calls: report McEnany: Trump likes to hire people with 'countervailing viewpoints' MORE is concerned, I very much appreciate his commitment and his service and I wish him well. He's a good man."