Mike Pompeo will be an "outstanding secretary of state," Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Corker, R-Tenn., predicted Tuesday, following his committee's narrow vote to advance the CIA director's nomination on to the full Senate for confirmation.
"As I told the president this morning, he will be the first secretary of state since I've been here that actually has the kind relationship with the president where it's one of trust, where they listen to each other," Corker told Fox News' "America's Newsroom."
"I think that will bode well for our country."
He also praised Sen. Chris Coons, D-Del., for casting a "present" vote that allowed the ballot to continue for Pompeo, even with one senator not able to attend the vote.
"I'm so proud of him," Corker said. "I talked to him multiple times [Monday]. He came to the Senate like myself and many others to make a difference. He did so last night, and I'm really happy for him. I'm sure he will catch some grief by members, by people on the left, but he did what a senator is supposed to do."
Meanwhile, President Donald Trump and French President Emmanuel Macron have been discussing the Iran nuclear deal, and Corker said the issue is the "sunset clause."
"We're working with the French, German, and U.K. leaders to deal with the ballistic testing issue and also the inspections issue," Corker said. "What the president wants to see happen, though, is doing away with the sunset provisions that really after year 10 calls Iran to be off and running. I think if we can get some work done there, maybe the president decides to stay in the agreement.
"But it will take Macron, [Germany Prime Minister Angela] Merkel and [British] Prime Minister Theresa May to come along with creating a framework that's better than what we have now."
Syria is also expected to be a large discussion, and Corker said he is glad Defense Secretary James Mattis intervened to keep troops there.
"We have 2,200 troops in area that are giving intelligence, logistical support to the Kurds, which are doing all the fighting," Corker said. "We have lost one soldier, which is one too many. The Jurds have lost 4,000 soldiers. They are now being attacked by both Turkey and Syria, and we need to finish the work there."
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