President Donald Trump officially has a new secretary of state. CIA Director Mike Pompeo was confirmed Thursday with a 57-42 vote in the Senate.
A number of Democrats even voted to confirm Pompeo, including Indiana’s own, Joe Donnelly. One could easily come to the conclusion that this was a vote to help him in his November reelection effort in red state Indiana, where Trump continues to be popular.
BREAKING: Senate votes 57-42 to confirm CIA Director Mike Pompeo to be Trump's secretary of state
— AP Politics (@AP_Politics) April 26, 2018
All Republicans voted to confirm except Arizona Senator John McCain, who abstained.
Mike Pompeo is confirmed 57 to 42 officially as the 70th Secretary of State. In addition to red state dems Donnelly, McCaskill, Doug Jones, Bill Nelson, Heidi Heidkamp, Joe Manchin + Angus King. Intel ranking Mark Warner votes no.
— Andrea Mitchell (@mitchellreports) April 26, 2018
Pompeo replaces former Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, who Trump fired in March. Tillerson apparently learned of his dismissal on Twitter.
Likely, one of the first things Pompeo is likely to do in his new position, if he’s not already doing so, is to follow @RealDonaldTrump on Twitter and check it often.