White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders asked Democrats to weigh their love of country versus their hate of President Donald Trump ahead of a committee vote about the nomination of CIA Director Mike Pompeo to be secretary of state. Sanders made the appeal on an appearance on Fox News’ Fox & Friends Monday morning.
“Look, at some point, Democrats have to decide whether they love this country more than they hate this president,” said Sanders. “And they have to decide that they want to put the safety and the security and the diplomacy of our country ahead of their own political games. And we’re very hopeful that they will.”
Former Secretary of State Rex Tillerson was ousted from the role by Trump last month, and the president then nominated Pompeo, a former Tea Party congressman for the role. The Senate Foreign Relations Committee is slated to vote on their support of the nomination Monday.
Democrats on the committee have indicated opposition to his candidacy, and at least one Republican, Senator Rand Paul, has as well. If Paul and all of the Democrats decline to support the nomination, Pompeo would not be recommended favorably to the Senate before a full vote. The lack of support does not preclude Pompeo from facing a full Senate vote.
If Pompeo does not receive the endorsement, however, he will be the first nominee to the position to not receive the committee’s recommendation, according to Vox.
The chairman of the committee, Republican Senator Bob Corker, set up the Trump comparison of the vote last week on the Senate floor.
“I realize my Democratic friends in many cases feel like that in supporting Pompeo, it's a proxy for support of the Trump administration policies, which many of them abhor. I understand that,” said Corker.
Trump also weighed in on Monday morning, blasting the Democrats on Twitter.
Hard to believe Obstructionists May vote against Mike Pompeo for Secretary of State. The Dems will not approve hundreds of good people, including the Ambassador to Germany. They are maxing out the time on approval process for all, never happened before. Need more Republicans!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 23, 2018
Neither the White House nor Corker's office responded immediately to Newsweek’s request for comment.
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