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Sen. Rand Paul Changes Vote: Pompeo Shares Trump's 'Vision' on War

(Fox Business/"Mornings with Maria")

By    |   Tuesday, 24 April 2018 10:24 AM

Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul, after opposing the nomination of Mike Pompeo as secretary of state for some time, on Tuesday said he's changed his mind because Pompeo, who now serves as CIA director, shares the president's vision for the world, including on reducing war.

"One of my No. 1 jobs is to see if we can end our military involvement around the globe," the Kentucky Republican told MSNBC's "Morning Joe."

"One of the reasons why I was worried about Director Pompeo was because when I've asked him repeatedly, 'was the Iran war a mistake. I wasn't getting a direct answer."

However, over the weekend, while meeting with Pompeo, Paul said he came to the belief that he believes Trump is correct with his opinion about the United States and war.

"Every time I talk to the president, I become more and more of the belief that he truly does share my notion we've been at war too long and at too many places," said the senator.

"Whether Director Pompeo does it or not, he's telling me yes, that he thinks the president is right, the president's vision for the world is going to be his job, and I think we'll hear from him publicly more specifically that our foreign policy hasn't worked in the past and that regime change hasn't worked."

Paul said he felt like he did get some satisfaction on that, and about his concern that the FBI can access Americans' information without a warrant.

"I've had some discussions with him over whether or not we could actually have an executive order from the president that simply says from now on we're going to obey the Fourth Amendment and the FBI agents will have to get a warrant to look at these foreign surveillance databases," said Paul.

"That's a big step forward for me too. In all these discussions, I came to the point of view I would give director Pompeo a chance and I think we'll hear more from him that hopefully will be heartening to those of the view we need to have less war."

Paul said he also thinks Pompeo's recent trip to North Korea shows the possibility of diplomacy when dealing with that country.

"Some have said this says more about the president than Pompeo but at the same time, you know, we talk about the whole idea of, you know, speak softly and carry a big stick," said Paul. "I think Trump's is speak loudly, carry a big stick, but also maybe have an olive branch somewhere out there, you're willing to still have diplomacy."

Paul said he also does not think Trump wants to "continue forever" the war in Afghanistan, and that he'll look for a way to resolve it.

"I think people would be surprised to hear the conversation between he and I, that people know where I'm coming from on foreign policy, that there's really not that much difference between the president and I, on our desire to lessen these foreign interventions that really have backfired so much on us," the senator said.

Paul also appeared Tuesday on Fox Business' "Mornings with Maria," where he told show host Maria Bartiromo that in his opinion, the United States should be pulling back from conflicts in both Syria and Afghanistan.

“The people who live there ought to be manning the armies," he said. "We live thousands of miles away. We shouldn't have to occupy and keep the peace in every country."

Pompeo also answered, to written questions, that he does not believe there is a military solution when it comes to Afghanistan, said Paul.

"My point is, if there is no military solution, why would you send one more young man or woman over there to risk their lives?" he commented.

Paul also told Bartiromo that he changed his mind on Pompeo because he wants Trump to be surrounded by advisers who agree with him.

"He does agree with president's vision of the world," said Paul. "I think that, combined with the fact the president opened the door to negotiations with North Korea [and] Pompeo is part of that, all that figured into it."

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Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul, after opposing the nomination of Mike Pompeo as secretary of state for some time, on Tuesday said he's changed his mind.
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