Menendez rips characterization of Pompeo as 'nation's top diplomat'

Menendez rips characterization of Pompeo as 'nation's top diplomat'

Sen. Bob MenendezRobert (Bob) MenendezTrump lowers refugee goal to 30,000, he must meet it Blame Senate, not FBI, for Kavanaugh travesty Dems urge tech companies to remove 3D-gun blueprints MORE (D-N.J.) lashed out on Wednesday at White House counselor Kellyanne ConwayKellyanne Elizabeth ConwayWatchdog files Hatch Act complaint against Sanders for picture with Kanye in MAGA hat Kellyanne Conway goes after Hillary Clinton on 'dangerous' civility comments Conway attacks idea of ‘Medicare for all’ in swipe at Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez MORE's suggestion that President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump: 'I don't trust everybody in the White House' JPMorgan CEO withdraws from Saudi conference Trump defends family separations at border MORE already considers Secretary of State nominee Mike PompeoMichael (Mike) Richard PompeoPastor prays for Trump to have 'supernatural wisdom' Brunson release spotlights the rot in Turkish politics and judiciary Kim Jong Un has major powers falling for his flirtations MORE the "nation's chief diplomat."

"This is not about the President’s perception. No matter how President Trump sees it, Dir. Mike Pompeo is NOT the nation’s chief diplomat, as of today," tweeted Menendez, the top Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

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The tweet is in reference to Conway's claim on a conference call on Wednesday that referenced a trip Pompeo, the current CIA director, took to North Korea representing the United States.

Pompeo was nominated for the top State Department post last month, after Trump abruptly dismissed Secretary of State Rex TillersonRex Wayne TillersonTrump administration rigging the game, and your retirement fund could be the loser Haley’s exit sends shockwaves through Washington Turkey-Russia Idlib agreement: A lesson for the US MORE.

Menendez plans to vote against Pompeo's confirmation, as does Democratic Sen. Jeanne ShaheenCynthia (Jeanne) Jeanne ShaheenBrunson release spotlights the rot in Turkish politics and judiciary Overnight Defense — Presented by The Embassy of the United Arab Emirates — Missing journalist strains US-Saudi ties | Senators push Trump to open investigation | Trump speaks with Saudi officials | New questions over support for Saudi coalition in Yemen Senators demand answers on Trump administration backing of Saudi coalition in Yemen MORE (N.H.), which would leave the former Kansas congressman short of a favorable recommendation from the Foreign Relations panel.

The Washington Post first reported Tuesday that Pompeo had travelled to North Korea earlier this month, where he held a secret meeting with that country's leader, Kim Jong Un. 

The meeting came as Trump prepares for a landmark meeting with Kim.