Late Wednesday afternoon, Sen. Doug Jones (D-Mountain Brook) revealed he would be voting to confirm CIA Director Mike Pompeo to be the next secretary of state.
Jones joins Democratic colleagues Sens. Joe Donnelly (D-IN), Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND) in crossing the aisle to support Pompeo’s nomination.
“After meeting with Director Pompeo, reviewing the record of his confirmation hearings, and speaking with others with expertise in national security and diplomacy, I believe he has the skills required to meet the weighty and urgent demands facing our State Department today,” Jones said in a statement. “I have therefore decided to support his confirmation as Secretary of State.
In his role at the CIA, Mr. Pompeo has demonstrated the ability to be an effective manager and operator on the world stage. I also believe his perspective having worked in the intelligence community will be valuable given the national security challenges he would face as Secretary on day one.”
“In our conversations, I did share my concerns about certain troubling statements he made as a member of Congress,” he added. “He gave me his word that, as Secretary of State, diplomacy would always be his first priority and he would ensure that our nation continues to be a leader in protecting human rights and the dignity of all people. If he is confirmed, I will join my colleagues both in working with him to tackle the very serious challenges and threats we face as a nation, as well as to provide continued oversight of his and his department’s actions.”