LONDON – FEBRUARY 04: Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell speaks during a Senate hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, U.S., February 4, 2021.
REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn, R-Texas, speaks during the Senate confirmation hearing for the Department of Justice nominee, Senator Jeff Sessions, R, Alabama, in the Dirksen Senate Office Building in Washington March 2, 2021, before a vote on his nomination.
REUTERS /Jonathan Ernst Senator Lisa Murkowski, R of Alaska, speaks as she attends the confirmation hearing of Senator Jeff Flake, R.
Arizona, for the nomination of Secretary of State nominee, Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao, R., Texas, in Washington U.K., March 3, 2021 after her nomination was confirmed by the Senate.
REUTERS: Kevin Lamarque Senate Majority leader Mitch McConnell, R.-Texas, announces that he will cast a vote against Senator Jeff Pence, R・Indiana, as U. S. President Donald Trump’s pick for Secretary of the Department for Homeland Security and Public Safety, during a confirmation hearing at the Capitol in Washington D.C., U.C.L.E., March 4, 2020.
REUTERS McConnell: I will not vote for Senator Jeff Merkley for Secretary [of State].
McConnell, who is running for re-election in November, said he voted against Merkleys nomination because he felt Merkles nomination was too close to the election.
The Kentucky Republican also said he would not vote against Merks nomination, even if it was not unanimous, because he believed the nomination would not have broad support from the Senate Democrats.
A spokesman for McConnell did not respond to a request for comment.
The announcement by McConnell comes days after a Senate Judiciary Committee vote on Merkys nomination to the position, and the nomination was ultimately confirmed on Tuesday.
Trump, who was sworn in on January 20, said during his inauguration speech on Friday that Merkis nomination was “a complete and total disaster.”