Senator Chris Coons has gone public with his intention to vote against several of President Donald Trump’s cabinet appointments, telling CNN’s Wolf Blitzer that he was “going to vote not just no, but no way” on nominees including Betsy DeVos for Education and Scott Pruitt at the EPA.
Coons, a member of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, earlier announced his decision to vote against both Secretary of State nominee Rex Tillerson and South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley, who has been nominated to serve as US Ambassador to the United Nations. Despite saying he had “grown to respect” Tillerson as a “thoughtful, seasoned professional” with “impressive international business experience” that “would serve him well in this important role,” Coons cited differing views on climate change and human rights as rationale for opposing the former Exxon-Mobil CEO’s appointment.
Coons likewise praised Haley’s record as governor but said she lacked foreign policy experience and did not convince him “that she understands and embraces the foreign policy principles that the United States has championed over the past seventy years.
In an interview, Coons predicted “very strong pushback by Democrats in the Senate” on Trump nominees, signaling a coordinated partisan attempt to derail some of the president’s key cabinet picks.