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 CardinOvernight Health Care: Senators target surprise medical bills | Group looks to allow Medicaid funds for substance abuse programs | FDA launches anti-vaping campaign for teens Bipartisan group wants to lift Medicaid restriction on substance abuse treatment More Dems come out in public opposition to Kavanaugh MORE (D-Md.) said on Tuesday that he hoped former Rep. Mike PompeoMichael (Mike) Richard PompeoOvernight Defense: Trump identifies first soldier remains from North Korea | New cyber strategy lets US go on offense | Army chief downplays talk of 'Fort Trump' Pompeo backed continued US support in Yemen war over objections from staff: report Pompeo’s staff cracks down on ‘correct use of commas’ at State Dept 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 rallies in Nevada amid Supreme Court flurry: 'We're gonna get Brett' Trump: 'Good news' that Obama is campaigning again Trump boosts Heller, hammers 'Wacky Jacky' opponent in Nevada 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 working to rebuild ties with US diplomats: report NYT says it was unfair on Haley curtain story Rubio defends Haley over curtains story: Example of media pushing bias MORE is concerned, I very much appreciate his commitment and his service and I wish him well. He's a good man."