Mike Pompeo

Sen. Ben Cardin joins Democrats in opposing Mike Pompeo as Trump's new secretary of state

Sen. Ben Cardin joins Democrats in opposing Mike Pompeo as Trump's new secretary of state

U.S. Sen. Ben Cardin announced Wednesday that he opposes the nomination of CIA director Mike Pompeo to serve as President Donald Trump’s next secretary of state.

The Maryland Democrat, a senior member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, thanked Pompeo for his service in the military, in Congress and as CIA director. But Cardin expressed concern over Pompeo’s past statements about Muslims and the LGBT community.

Those statements, Cardin said in a statement, “make it challenging for him to represent our country to the world and oversee our smart power arsenal.”

“After meeting with Mr. Pompeo and reviewing his testimony, I do not believe he would be an independent...

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