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tv   U.S. Senate Sens. Menendez Daines on Mike Pompeo Nomination  CSPAN  April 26, 2018 3:03am-3:21am EDT

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long. it is my view that the next secretary of state in this moment of history with a president who seems a radack and with little regard oftentimes for niche in history of president whose constitutional order. that secretary must he willing to the country first and stand up for our most sacred fundamental foundational values and the rule of law through the idea that no person not even the president is above the rule of law. unfortunately mr. pompeo in these difficult and troubled times times didn't meet that task as much as they wish he did i don't doubt that the president could nominate someone with the right experience, the right values and the right commitment to our core national principles to earn my vote is secretary of state but i do not believe
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mr. pompeo has those qualities. so i will be voting no on his nomination. i yield the floor. >> madam president i rise today to express my opposition to mike pompeo as the nation's top diplomat. as i said earlier in this committee and generally disappointed to be casting a vote against secretary of state nominee. they believe the united states needs an effective leader on the global stage but at the end of the day as i consider tractor pompeo's nomination including his past statements and recent revelations i have concern along three of rod themes. mr. pompeo failed to express any tangible diplomatic strategies for which you would advocate to advanced america's interest. failed to be forthright and finallyy i don't have a satisfactory answer to the question which mike pompeo emma
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asked to cast a vote on. unfortunately during his nomination process where we adjust all of these concerns directly pompeo offered contradictory statements and was less than forthcoming on ahe number of issues. given the opportunity outline strategies he would advocate with the administration to deal with the challenges of russia iran north korea china and venezuela to mention a few. failed to exhibit the depth of knowledge about what those strategies would be. under the constraints of this administration which has failed to offer strategic vision for american diplomacy a white house which has failed to effectively outlined policies to achieve a series of ever-changing goals and g objectives but i expect hr chief diplomat to have a vision for diplomacy. the meeting is not a -- a
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strategy in airstrikes areon noa strategy. unilaterally walking away from an international agreement is not a strategy. beyond the strategy i fear mr. pompeo was less than transparent through his confirmation process through truthfulness and the willingness to be forthcoming to the senate foreign relations committee are essential as the secretary off state nominee but such refusal to answer questions about the russian investigation in which he wasie interviewed a critical issue and to disclose information about the trip to north korea which he could have disclosed even a classified setting. both critical issues before the committee he exhibited he was -- to the kind assigned nature of the ca department. i don't expect him to publicly
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disagree the present andut inded it's his or her duty to carry out the president's agenda but his policies are being formulated i'm feeling skeptical whether he will beme forthcoming with members of congress. and what that means for our foreign policy. that lack oftn foresight and his leaves me wondering what he would be willing to put out against the president's worst instincts whether he'd be willing to say no on a different course or whether he would simply be a yes man. when the president blames russia's aggressive behaviors and democrats will director pompeii remind him that russia's aggressive behaviors caused by russia and no one else? as our nation's top diplomat what he said in his confirmation hearing values diversity and
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demand every employee be treated quote equally with dignity and respect. does he believe in his hearing equipment promoting america's ideals values and priorities including our corrective identity of the nation of immigrants and refugees fleeing oppression who have made the unitedl states their best hopen the world or representative by congressman pompeo who voted against the violence against women's act and gender-based violence and sponsored legislation to roll back marriage equality at the congressman pompeo and 2016 sponsored by his legislation to immediately responsible until revised reforms were measured. this legislative history paid to
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troubling picture of how the united states and our diplomatic efforts will be conducted by our allies and adversaries alike. will he speak to roll back women's access to health care programs that have significantly improved the lives not only of women all over the world but prosperity and governance reforms heard me talk about universal human rights in countries who seek to oppress people based on their orientation what would are nation's top diplomats say? as we work with our allies who are absorbing millions of refugees from devastating crises all over the world and his families in my own state of new jersey and got the country open theiray hearts what will be say to our own refugee program once the crown jewel of
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our foreign policy and establishing moral leadership and its supporting our partners. on our own border we simply cannot address the threat of opioids without productive collaboration. when the president wants to call mexicans drug traffickers in rapist as a top diplomat his record is exquisite with respect to treating people from each and every state with the dignity that they deserve or would it be the pompeo who once called the indian-american political opponent a turbine topper. how would he explain this kind of rhetoric to people at marriott different states within millions of orc christians in
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the horn of africa or cyber leaders in afghanistan with whom we are trying to build relationships based on democracy and human rights. what impact will the accusations that leaders in the united states are somehow complicit and devastating terrorist attacks have as he engages around the world. nearly 2 billion people in the world adhere to the muslim faith many in countries with whom we have relationships critical to protecting and promoting our national security and citizens who have suffered the most terrorism. similarly the exceptionalism of the united states comes from the power of our diaspora communities that serve as the public diplomats to the rest of the world. someone who has made such derogatory remarks conduct diplomacy.
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as i've saidat by four i believe the secretary of state to be forthright someone with whom the american people and their allies can put their trust someone who will unequivocally champion our values to assist our global leadership.om art global leadership comes from our investment in diplomacy and development our primary policy drivers are brought to enforce and i don't believe director pompeii was someone who always prioritizes diplomacy particularly in the context ave gress of foreign policy enforcement growing around us in a particular concerned about his past comments on regime change in north korea and iran. our national interests and security is a little different than that. while he said in his confirmation hearing that war is quote last resort he's calling for military action and regime change in iran for example we
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are sure to follow him as we work with our allies to build on agreements to prevent iran from getting a nuclear weapon. his remarks about regime change in north korea will be ever-present as we pursue negotiations to roll back north korea's nuclear weapons program. madam president with all these concerns of mine ultimately i simply do not leave director pompeii was someone who can generally represent all americans and thus promote american foreign-policy interests. it is for these reasons among be votingt i will against director pompeo. but let me be very clear despite what some of my other colleagues may believe or tell the press this is not a vote in the name of political resistance to the president. i havef voted for amendments frm the secretary of defense to the former secretary of homeland
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security now the president chief of staff to our ambassador to united nations to mention some. i will never hesitate to agree with a sound policy or criticize a misguided one regardless of which party is in the white house. i think i have certainly proven that objective to be true. i will put our national security interest of reporters chip always. whether that be a nato summit or meeting with north korea know but he forced the president to fire his former secretary of state at the time and elect kim jong-un's unilaterally to hating the terms of our relations we should wait until we have the appropriate people and the dutiful preparation to achieve the success that we and the world need.
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in closing as we consider this nominee and the nominee that is subject to -- let me be clear. the white house wants to claim democrats are not obstructing nominees through this body. the facts are simply not on their side. of 17272 positions in the state department andid usaid criticalo advancing u.s. interests the administration has failed to even nominate 77 of those positions including 45 ambassadorial positions in critical countries including south korea, saudi arabia and georgia to mention a few. i could go on and on. all republicans control the votes on the senate floor propublica leadership can bring up any nominee once they pass the committee at any time. that is their prerogative. the founders recognized
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democracy needs coal equal branches of government to operate in a system of checks and balances. the president has elected the nominee whoever he wants to the congress has the responsibility to ensure that person is best suited for the job. .. prioritize diplomacy instead of war and promote fundamental values. if and when he is confirmed as someone who has served on both the house and senate committees tasked with overseeing foreign tasked with overseeing foreign >> there overseeing form policy and administration. i'm more than willing to work alongside with the nominee if he is confirmed to provide input as they seek to advance america interest on the american stage. in my capacity i will work
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alongside with comprehensive and coherent strategies that promote american interests. despite my misgivings always have an open door. we stand ready and willing to take on any in the interest of peace, security and all of americans. that has always been my northstar and it will always be. >> mr. president, following the remarks i asked consent center from ohio be allowed to make remarks from 3 - 5 minutes. i stand here to urge her swift competence confirmation of my good friend and former colleague, current director of the cia, mike pompei to serve as
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the next secretary of state. mike's resume would put him at the top of any pile. no spending time in public services resume shines. that's talk about his record of results. just returned from a trip from china. as with four u.s. senators. we visited china, south korea we went to the dmz. i'm at the premier of china. the same we can met with the premier of china, kim jong-un met with president she in beijing. we spent time with the president of south korea and other leaders. the feedback was clear. perhaps this is the story were not hearing. administrations resolve and diplomacy is what has brought kim jong-un to the negotiating
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table. the administration is moving forward to the denuclearize north korea. pompeo has played a critical role in those efforts. the secretary of state who defend american interests abroad protecting national security and making the world safer place. he has been the best at everything he's put his mind to. he was first in his class at west point. a graduate of the harvard law school. he served our country in the military. his run businesses before serving in congress. mike has the resume, the
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character, and the record and results to make him an exceptionally qualified leader for this job. as we weighed in limbo without a secretary of state lives are on the line. national security is on the line, our freedom is on the line. i urge my colleagues to stop putting politics before america's national interest. his body passed hillary through secretary of state with 94 votes. i urge them to make the best decision for country their constituents back home and join me in confirming mike pompeo as the next secretary of state. >> thank you. glad to be here today to be on the senate floor

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