In a stunning reversal, Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) has expressed his support for nominating CIA Director Mike Pompeo as Secretary of State after weeks of promising to block him over his interventionist views.
“Having received assurances from President Trump and Director Pompeo that he agrees with the President on these important issues, I have decided to support his nomination to be our next Secretary of State,” Paul tweeted Monday.
“President Trump believes that Iraq was a mistake, that regime change has destabilized the region, and that we must end our involvement with Afghanistan.”
Paul had previously said he would “do whatever it takes” to block Pompeo’s nomination, citing his support for the Executive Branch to use unconstitutional unilateral authority to conduct war.
“You really want a diplomat to be in charge of the State Department, not someone who is advocating for war,” he told Face the Nation about the CIA Director.
“I frankly think that Pompeo’s positions are too much of an advocate for regime change, really everywhere.”