It could be a week focused on global challenges, and it’s starting out with what looks to be an embarrassing rebuke of President Trump’sforeign policy.Barring a last-minute change of votes, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee is expected Monday to reject secretary of State nominee Mike Pompeo, Tracy Wilkinson reports.
It would be the first time in years that a nomination for such a high-level Cabinet position did not receive backing at the committee level. Despite the snub, the full Senate is expected to approve CIA Director Pompeo’s nomination later this week thanks to a handful of Democratic votes.[Italics added]
. . . Much less a snub.
An odd way to report a story.
Later: From the quite a bit more reliable in its no-nonsense news reporting, Murdoch-owned Wall St. Journal:
WASHINGTON—Two more Senate Democrats said Monday they would support Mike Pompeo for secretary of state, giving him some breathing room in the full Senate despite his likely rejection by the Senate panel considering his nomination.
Sens. Joe Donnelly of Indiana and Joe Manchin of West Virginia—both representing red-leaning states that President Donald Trump won in the 2016 election—said Monday they would back Mr. Pompeo’s nomination. On Friday, another senator, Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota, said she would support Mr. Pompeo.
Straight reporting, with eye to main point, not to stick a finger in POTUS’s eye, per LA Times.