In Trump’s first and only tweet of the day thus far, he went after Democrats for obstructing his nominees and potentially voting against Pompeo:
Hard to believe Obstructionists May vote against Mike Pompeo for Secretary of State. The Dems will not approve hundreds of good people, including the Ambassador to Germany. They are maxing out the time on approval process for all, never happened before. Need more Republicans!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 23, 2018
A vote for Pompeo will be held in the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. When the final vote occurs, Trump is more than likely right that most Democrats will vote against him, despite how Republicans have treated other Democrat Secretaries for State in the past, as Sarah Huckabee Sanders pointed out this morning:
If you just look at history, the past secretary of states have been confirmed unanimously, and Republicans have come on board and supported Hillary Clinton, John Kerry — people we know who they didn’t necessary agree with on the political spectrum — but they knew how important this position was, and they didn’t play games with it,” Mrs. Sanders said on Fox News.
The White House’s Marc Short says liberal groups are pushing Democrats hard not to vote for Pompeo:
“The reason for the opposition is the Moveon.org and the Bernie Sandinistas have littered Democratic offices. They’ll tell us that in private, but then in public they’ll go out and say something else,” Mr. Short said on CNN.
Chuck Schumer has been leading his Democrats to obstruct White House nominees as much as possible and the media has been giving them cover, so I can totally understand why they are getting under the skin of Trump.
All that said, I do expect Pompeo to get through the Senate today. I haven’t been paying attention to much over the weekend, but last we heard Pompeo was getting at least one Democratic vote and with Pence there to help push him over the finish line, he’ll should be just fine.
UPDATE: I mistakenly wrote that the final vote for Pompeo was being held today. It’s actually just a vote in the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. I’ve corrected it, but here’s an additional blurb by CNN from this morning:
The Senate Foreign Relations Committee is set to vote Monday on Mike Pompeo to be the next secretary of state, but the vote could prove to be a historic snub on the man vying to be the country’s top diplomat.
Democrats on the committee as well as Republican Sen. Rand Paul are expected to vote against Pompeo, which would lead the committee to report out his nomination without a favorable recommendation. But Republicans are still expected to bring his nomination to the floor anyway for a vote where Pompeo is on track to be confirmed.
As soon we know when they are bringing Pompeo’s vote to the floor for a final vote, we’ll let you know.