Senator Rand Paul has already announced that he will vote against the confirmations of Mike Pompeo and Gina Haspel. Both are Trump’s picks to be the next secretary of state and CIA director.
The Kentucky Republican said that both were the “wrong fit” for their positions during a press conference on Capitol Hill.
You can watch a video from the press conference that Paul tweeted on Wednesday.
Senator Paul Press Conference on Secretary of State and CIA Nominations https://t.co/kQmxft8YI6
— Senator Rand Paul (@RandPaul) March 14, 2018
The senator expanded on his position during a Wednesday interview on MSNBC.
“One of the things that I liked about President Trump was that he consistently and loudly is opposed to regime change in Iraq, the Iraq war,” he explained. “But he’s appointing people around him who not only still support the Iraq war, never learned the lesson that regime change led to instability and chaos in the Middle East. These are people that he’s appointing, Pompeo, who advocated for regime change in Iran next door.”
“These aren’t the kind of people who actually support the notion that the Iraq war was misguided,” Paul continued. “On Miss Haspel, if you read her quotes, when she was present during waterboarding, she was gleeful at the waterboarding and was sort of gloating at the fact that the guy is acting as he’s struggling to breathe and drowning in fluid.”
“This is not what America stands for. Torture is not what America is about. I have family members in the armed service. I don’t want to send a message to the world that torture is fine because our young men and women can be captured at some point in time too. If the whole world thinks America tortures prisoners, they’ll do the same to ours. This is the woman who is a poster child for what went wrong with waterboarding after 9/11. She should never, ever be at the head of the CIA.”
Senator Paul was the only Republican that voted against Pompeo during his Senate confirmation hearing to become the CIA Director.
With Senator McCain also coming out against the Presidents nominee’s this give Democrats some serious leverage in the confirmation process.
Watch the clip below and let us know what you think.
Credit: Daily Caller