Sanders to oppose Pompeo's nomination for State

Sanders to oppose Pompeo's nomination for State
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Sen. Bernie SandersBernard (Bernie) SandersFive takeaways from Cruz, O'Rourke's fiery first debate Ben & Jerry’s co-founders announce effort to help 7 Dem House challengers Dems look to Gillum, Abrams for pathway to victory in tough states MORE (I-Vt.) said Monday that he will oppose Mike PompeoMichael (Mike) Richard PompeoPositive Moon-Kim summit creates a diplomatic opening in North Korea The Hill's Morning Report — Sponsored by United Against Nuclear Iran — Kavanaugh, accuser say they’re prepared to testify Haley wasn’t invited to key White House meeting on refugee policy: report MORE to lead the State Department days before his nomination hearing. 

"Mike Pompeo is absolutely the wrong choice to serve as the United States’ top diplomat, and I will vote against him," Sanders said in a statement. 

Pompeo, who is currently CIA director, is slated to testify before the Foreign Relations Committee on Thursday.

Sanders isn't a member of the panel and previously opposed Pompeo's nomination to lead the CIA. 

He added on Monday that "we need a secretary of State who will represent the best principles of the United States to the rest of the world."

Sanders pointed to Pompeo's position on climate change, "longstanding relationship with anti-Muslim extremists" and "hawkish" foreign policy views.

Potential 2020 White House contenders, including Sanders, have taken some of the firmest positions against Trump's nominees.

But because nominations only need a simple majority, Pompeo could skate through without any Democratic support. 

Sen. Rand PaulRandal (Rand) Howard PaulConservatives left frustrated as Congress passes big spending bills Senate approves 4B spending bill Some employees' personal data revealed in State Department email breach: report MORE (R-Ky.) has said he will oppose Pompeo, leaving Republicans with the 50 minimum votes if every other GOP senator supports it. 

But he could also pick up Democratic support. More than a dozen Democratic senators voted for Pompeo's nomination for CIA chief.