WASHINGTON (Diya TV) — The Senate approved President Trump’s first Cabinet members Friday, formally approving his choices for defense secretary and secretary of homeland security.

The final vote to confirm retired Marine Gen. James Mattis to lead the Department of Defense was 98-1 — New York Democratic Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand was the only vote against, Alabama Republican Sen. Jeff Sessions, Trump’s pick for attorney general, abstained from the vote.

Retired Marine Gen. John Kelly cruised through his confirmation vote, though he had more votes against, a final tally of 88-11.

The Senate said it will not consider Kansas Rep. Mike Pompeo for CIA director until Monday, this after at least three Democrats objected to his confirmation over concerns including surveillance. Instead, they voted on opening a debate on his nomination, a procedural step.

“I am pleased by the confirmation votes of Generals Mattis and Kelly. These uniquely qualified leaders will immediately begin the important work of rebuilding our military, defending our nation and securing our borders. I am proud to have these two American heroes join my administration,” Trump said in a White House statement, his first since becoming President.

“I call on members of the Senate to fulfill their constitutional obligation and swiftly confirm the remainder of my highly qualified cabinet nominees, so that we can get to work on behalf of the American people without further delay.”

The two confirmations on the first day of his presidency is fewer than the seven Trump had targeted, they had hoped to meet the amount President Obama had confirmed on his inauguration day. However, Senate Democrats have objected to several of Trump’s nominees. Though Republicans have a Senate majority and are likely to confirm most if not all of Trump’s Cabinet, Democrats can slow down the process by not agreeing to expedite Senate procedure.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, who represents the president’s home district, has been negotiating with Majority Leader Mitch McConnell over nominees.

McConnell opened debate on the Senate floor Friday by lamenting the situation, citing specifically the slowing of Pompeo’s confirmation by Democrats.

“We need to confirm a new director today,” McConnell said. “We need to confirm the rest of the Cabinet as quickly as we can.”

Oregon Sen. Ron Wyden, an outspoken critic of surveillance, Vermont Sen. Patrick Leahy and Connecticut Sen. Richard Blumenthal were the three Democrats who put out a statement Friday objecting to Pompeo’s confirmation Friday.

“No CIA director in history has ever been confirmed on Inauguration Day,” their offices said in a joint statement. “The importance of the position of CIA director, especially in these dangerous times, demands that the nomination be thoroughly vetted, questioned and debated.”