Washington, DC – Today, Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) released the following statement opposing the nomination of CIA Director Mike Pompeo to serve as Secretary of State:
“The Secretary of State has a much broader policy portfolio than the CIA Director. In that portfolio, Mr. Pompeo’s record as a member of Congress is alarming. He denied human beings’ role in driving climate change. He vilified people based on their faith, and attacked women’s essential reproductive rights. And he pushed reckless military intervention over diplomacy. His extreme views on these issues – and many more – make me unable to support his nomination as America’s top diplomat.
“I hope he comes to recognize the vital role the State Department plays in strengthening the power of America’s example, and in fostering peace and prosperity around the globe.”