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Bill Nelson warms up on Pompeo

The Democrat said Wednesday he was encouraged by North Korea trip.
Mike Pompeo, director of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), testifies during a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing on worldwide threats in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Feb. 13, 2018. From missiles to cyberattacks, the annual intelligence assessment of global threats paints a world where China and Russia seek to upend U.S. influence as allies uncertain of American commitment may turn away from Washington. Photographer: Zach Gibson/Bloomberg via Getty Images
Mike Pompeo, director of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), testifies during a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing on worldwide threats in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Feb. 13, 2018. From missiles to cyberattacks, the annual intelligence assessment of global threats paints a world where China and Russia seek to upend U.S. influence as allies uncertain of American commitment may turn away from Washington. Photographer: Zach Gibson/Bloomberg via Getty Images
Published Apr. 18, 2018

WASHINGTON – Sen. Bill Nelson said today he's undecided on Mike Pompeo as Secretary of State but was encouraged by the CIA director's secret outreach to Kim Jong Un.

"It's a lot better talking than shooting, especially when the crazy child dictator has nuclear weapons," Nelson said.

The Democrat voted against Pompeo for CIA director — "I thought he was going to be too political." — but said the North Korea trip put Pompeo in "a better light."

Sen. Marco Rubio is already a Pompeo fan and told reporters that he approved of the North Korea visit, even though he's doubtful of some breakthrough.

"If there is going to be one, it isn't something you negotiate at the meeting. It's something you do the weeks and months before it. I have confidence that if that's the mission Director Pompeo was sent on that he would do a good job and that's why I hope he'll be our secretary of state."

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