Sen. Ben CardinBenjamin (Ben) Louis CardinWashington puts Ethiopia’s human rights abusers on notice Overnight Defense: Mattis vows Dreamers in military won’t be deported | Pentagon unsure if military parade will be in Washington | Dem bill would block funds for parade Dems introduce bills to block funds for Trump’s proposed parade MORE (D-Md.) said on Tuesday that he hoped former Rep. Mike PompeoMichael (Mike) Richard PompeoThe CIA may need to call White House to clarify Russia meddling Intel agencies to brief officials from all 50 states on election threats Russia probe complicating House hearing on threats facing US: report MORE‘s (R-Kan.) tenure as CIA director has given him “a greater appreciation for the balance between national security and civil rights.”
Cardin’s comments came hours after President TrumpDonald John TrumpAccuser says Trump should be afraid of the truth Woman behind pro-Trump Facebook page denies being influenced by Russians Shulkin says he has White House approval to root out ‘subversion’ at VA MORE announced that he would nominate Pompeo to replace Rex Tillerson as secretary of State. Cardin, a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, voted against Pompeo last year after he was tapped as CIA chief.
“I am hopeful that after his time at the CIA, Director Pompeo has a greater appreciation for the balance between national security and civil rights, as well as the important role of our national security public servants,” Cardin said. “I look forward to a robust hearing in the near future.”
In nominating Pompeo to replace Tillerson at the State Department, Trump is angling to install a top diplomat more closely aligned with him on issues including the Iran nuclear deal.
Pompeo has supported keeping the prison at Guantanamo Bay open and has echoed Trump’s rhetoric on “radical Islamic terrorism.”
Speaking to reporters at the White House on Tuesday shortly after Tillerson’s ouster, Trump praised Pompeo, saying that the two are “always on the same wavelength” and that he was “getting very close to having the Cabinet” he wants.
“I think Mike Pompeo will be a truly great secretary of State. I have total confidence in him,” Trump said. “As far as Rex TillersonRex Wayne TillersonFormer WH adviser: Trump will want to rejoin Paris climate pact by 2020 Why the US should lead on protecting Rohingya Muslims ‘Bolivarian Diaspora’ can no longer be ignored MORE is concerned, I very much appreciate his commitment and his service and I wish him well. He’s a good man. “