Published: Mon, April 16, 2018
People | By Leon Thompson

Pompeo withholds judgment on State Dept. cyber structure, but cites 'holes'

Pompeo withholds judgment on State Dept. cyber structure, but cites 'holes'

Tim Kaine said Sunday that he would not support Pompeo in the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and said he had an "anti-diplomacy" streak, meaning his process could stall.

CIA Director Mike Pompeo, President Trump's nominee for secretary of state, said during his confirmation hearing last week that he has yet to draw conclusions on cybersecurity organizational issues at the State Department, but that he "has seen the holes" in the department's current cyber set-up.

"I think it's important as much as America has done for quite some time".

"We have a president who is anti-diplomacy and I worry that Mike Pompeo has shown the same tendency to oppose diplomacy", Kaine told host Margaret Brennan.

"There's no one like someone who understands the value of diplomacy and the terror and tragedy that is war like someone who has served in uniform", Pompeo said.

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There are procedural ways the Senate could still get Pompeo to a full floor vote, but that hasn't been necessary for a secretary of state nominee for almost 100 years, according to reports.

Pompeo faced protests at his hearing in front of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

. Rand Paul already a "no" vote, Pompeo needs at least one Democratic vote to get out of committee. If all of the panel's Democrats vote against Pompeo, he would not get a positive vote out of committee. Jeanne Shaheen, who voted for him as CIA Director, has also voiced concerns about moving him to State. "So he answered some of those questions but from my perspective, he just gave the wrong answers".

Pompeo, now chief of the Central Intelligence Agency, has been nominated by U.S. President Donald Trump to replace Rex Tillerson, who was sacked by Trump from the post last month.

Kaine had previously supported the nomination of Pompeo, seen as close to Trump, to be Central Intelligence Agency chief, though his opposition comes as the nominee has also faced scrutiny for the position fourth in line to the presidency.

Even red-state Democrats up for reelection in Trump country are hesitant on whether they could confirm him again.

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