Letter: King, Collins should oppose Pompeo nomination

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I’m asking U.S. Sens. Angus King and Susan Collins to oppose the nomination of Mike Pompeo as secretary of state.

My concern is based on Pompeo’s views about Iran and North Korea. I am also worried about his anti-diplomacy stance and views on same-sex marriage.

In Congress, Pompeo advocated against negotiating with Iran in favor of bombing their nuclear facilities. But taking this approach would be disastrous. It would alienate our allies and contribute to anti-U.S. feelings.

It would also damage our credibility, especially in future negotiations – including with North Korea. If the U.S. acts against Iran, even though they’re carrying out their side of the agreement, it raises doubt about the U.S. holding up their side for any agreement.

Pompeo is also in favor of a regime change in North Korea, and it seems like he would support military action against them.

Instead, we need a secretary of state who will advocate for a diplomatic approach.

Additionally, Pompeo has expressed his views against same-sex marriage, and that he believes it to be a “perversion.”

Since Maine started supporting same-sex marriage in 2012, well before it was legal in the nation, I would be very disappointed if a Maine senator voted for someone who’s against these rights.

I hope that both King and Collins will take these points into consideration and oppose Pompeo’s nomination in favor of someone who will better represent our country.

Erica L. Bartlett
Portland

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