Sanders to oppose Pompeo's nomination for State

Sanders to oppose Pompeo's nomination for State
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Sen. Bernie SandersBernard (Bernie) SandersSanders expected to announce exploratory committee next week Bernie Sanders records announcement video ahead of possible 2020 bid Bill Maher to Dems: ‘Let’s not eat our own’ in 2020 MORE (I-Vt.) said Monday that he will oppose Mike PompeoMichael (Mike) Richard PompeoHeather Nauert withdraws her name from consideration for UN Ambassador job The Hill's Morning Report — Presented by the American Academy of HIV Medicine — Trump, Congress prepare for new border wall fight Overnight Defense: Trump to sign funding deal, declare national emergency | Shanahan says allies will be consulted on Afghanistan | Dem demands Khashoggi documents 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 PaulCongress must step up to protect Medicare home health care Business, conservative groups slam Trump’s national emergency declaration The Hill's 12:30 Report — Presented by Kidney Care Partners — Trump escalates border fight with emergency declaration 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.