Many Democrats praised Pompeo last week when it was revealed that he had secretly met with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un ahead of a scheduled summit with President Donald Trump.
"The United States will have a chief diplomat who enjoys the total confidence of the president", McConnell said.
Mike Pompeo is on track to become secretary of state after a key Republican senator gave a last-minute endorsement of the Central Intelligence Agency director.
Coons displayed a "statesmanship that I'm not accustomed to seeing in the Senate", said Senator Bob Corker, Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.
A US Senate committee has approved the nomination of CIA Director Mike Pompeo as secretary of state.
While committee Democrats unanimously opposed Pompeo because they consider him too hawkish and worry about his past harsh statements about Islam, he has the support of at least three Democrats in the full Senate, and no Senate Republican has announced opposition. Trump has publicly mused about firing Rosenstein, who is overseeing special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election.
Since it began considering nominees in the late 19th century, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee has never given a nominee for secretary of state anything but a favorable vote, according to the Senate historian. "The Dems will not approve hundreds of good people..."
Pompeo secretly traveled to Pyongyang in late March to meet with Kim to lay the groundwork for the meeting, which could take place in early June.
During the meetings, Trump assured him that he believes the Iraq War was a mistake and the USA must leave Afghanistan, and that Pompeo agrees with him.
The process did hit a slight snag as senators prepared for the final vote on Monday, however, as Sen.
"I can not overlook grave doubts about his anti-diplomacy disposition", said Sen.
With those assurances, the senator says he has "decided to support his nomination to be our next secretary of state". Pompeo's nomination ultimately will go to the Senate floor with a favorable recommendation. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson won approval with just 56 votes in favor of his nomination, the most votes against a state nominee in Senate history. "The State Department needs that same energy, fire and purposeful direction today, at a time when our country faces numerous threats and challenges that demand strong diplomacy", he said. He said he got guarantees that swayed him the other way.
As for the Democrats, lest they forget, Republicans were deferential to Barack Obama's two controversial attorney general nominees, Eric Holder and Loretta Lynch, and both were confirmed with Republican votes.