Rand Paul is Correct to Block Pompeo
U.S. Senator Rand Paul (R-Ky.) vowed during a press conference Wednesday to block the nominations of Mike Pompeo to secretary of state and Gina Haspel to CIA director.
“My announcement today is that I will oppose both Pompeo’s nomination and Haspel’s nomination,” Paul said.
The senator told reporters he was perplexed by President Trump’s decision to nominate the pair, who were chosen Tuesday following the firing of Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, given their support of policies opposed by Trump during his campaign.
“I think it goes against most of the things that President Trump campaigned on, that the unintended consequences of regime change in Iraq actually led to instability in the Middle East and actually made the conditions worse in the Middle East,” Paul said of Pompeo. “So it perplexes me that he is now nominating for secretary of state someone who has advocated and pushed for regime change in Iran.”
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