Sec. of State Pompeo Bizarrely Scolds Reporter for North Korea Question: ‘Insulting and Ridiculous’

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo spoke to reporters in Seoul today about the agreement between the United States and North Korea and what precisely it entails. Pompeo talked about “driving this process forward” and said, “I don’t know exactly what the timing will be for our next conversation with North Korea. I would anticipate it will be fairly quickly after we return to our home countries. I don’t know exactly what form that will take, but I’m very confident that by some time in the next week or so we will begin the engagement.” He was pressed on Trump pledging to end those joint military exercises and why the President called them “provocative.” “I think the President was very clear,” Pompeo said. “His intention here was to put us in a place where we get the opportunity to have productive conversations connected to the denuclearization of North Korea. Continue reading "Sec. of State Pompeo Bizarrely Scolds Reporter for North Korea Question: ‘Insulting and Ridiculous’"

Pompeo: We Will Offer North Korea ‘Different, Unique’ Security Assurances U.S. Has Never Offered Before

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo held an extensive briefing in Singapore on Monday regarding the summit between President Donald Trump and North Korea’s Kim Jong-un. Pompeo stated that “the ultimate objective the complete and verifiable and irreversible denuclearization of the Korean peninsula” is the only outcome the United States will accept, and that President Trump is prepared to offer new assurances to Kim order to achieve that. In his opening remarks, Pompeo first mentioned the assurances after stating that sanctions will remain until there is a verifiable end to North Korea’s development of weapons of mass destruction. Then he addressed the assurances. “President Trump recognizes Chairman Kim’s desire for security and is prepared to ensure that a North Korea free of weapons of mass destruction is also a secure North Korea,” he said. During the press Q&A, Pompeo was asked about the nature of those assurances, but did not get Continue reading "Pompeo: We Will Offer North Korea ‘Different, Unique’ Security Assurances U.S. Has Never Offered Before"

Mike Pompeo Dodges ‘Place in Hell’ Question About Canada: I Came Here to Talk About North Korea

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo held a press briefing early Monday morning (Eastern time) from Singapore, addressing the summit between President Donald Trump and North Korea’s Kim Jong-un that is now only hours away. During that briefing, Pompeo said he was “unconcerned” about the escalating flap between the administration and Canada. Phillip Rucker from the Washington Post had the final question of the briefing. He brought up President Trump’s further remarks on Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau from earlier Monday, and asked Pompeo whether he agreed with Trump adviser Pete Navarro “that there’s a special place in hell for the Canadian prime minister”. Pompeo did everything he could to avoid even saying the word Canada. He began by saying that he was there to answer questions about North Korea but that he would be “happy to talk about work with our European partners as well.” “We wouldn’t be Continue reading "Mike Pompeo Dodges ‘Place in Hell’ Question About Canada: I Came Here to Talk About North Korea"

Mike Pompeo: Giuliani ‘Doesn’t Speak’ for The Trump Administration on North Korea

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo brushed off Rudy Giuliani‘s recent remarks in Israel, claiming he has no role as a spokesperson for the Donald Trump administration when it comes to North Korea. “I know Rudy,” Pompeo said during a Thursday press briefing, speaking about the Trump’s personal attorney. “Rudy doesn’t speak for the administration when it comes to this negotiation and this set of issues.” Pompeo’s comments were given in response to a question on Giuliani’s discussion of the upcoming meeting between the U.S. and North Korea in Singapore, when the attorney said dictator Kim Jong Un had been “begging [Trump] on hands and knees” to put the long-awaited summit back on the books after the president pulled out. Giuliani made the remarks Wednesday during a Globes conference held in Tel Aviv. “They [North Korea] also said they were going to go to nuclear war with us, Continue reading "Mike Pompeo: Giuliani ‘Doesn’t Speak’ for The Trump Administration on North Korea"

Mike Pompeo on North Korean Summit: ‘Confident We Are Moving in the Right Direction’

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo spoke with reporters on Thursday about his meeting with a top North Korean official Kim Yong Chol. The meeting was aimed at attempting to salvage a June 12 summit between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. Just last week, the summit was called off by the White House, yet since then Trump has repeatedly teased the idea that the summit may go on, as planned. Yet speaking to reporters on Thursday, Pompeo stressed that “real progress” had been made but did not give a firm date for an eventual summit between the two leaders. “I’m confident we are moving in the right direction,” Pompeo told reporters, noting that a senior North Korean official is now planning to travel to Washington to deliver a personal letter from Kim Jong Un to Trump. He then noted that if the “talks are successful, it Continue reading "Mike Pompeo on North Korean Summit: ‘Confident We Are Moving in the Right Direction’"

Lou Dobbs Bizarrely Scolds Mike Pompeo For Disrespecting Trump With Use of First Person Singular

Fox News’ host Lou Dobbs apparently doesn’t think Secretary of State Mike Pompeo should be allowed to speak in the first person singular. In an awkward exchange with former White House staffer Sebastian Gorka, Dobbs handed President Donald Trump with “the vast preponderance of the credit” for the state of U.S.-North Korea relations, noting that he had a bone to pick with Pompeo, whom Gorka had praised. Dobbs said he was stunned by the secretary of state’s speech pattern and that “that Mike Pompeo, in office just a matter of weeks, has already started using the first person singular if he were working for President Obama rather than President Donald Trump.” He added that Trump always “talks about America, Americans” and uses the term “we.” Now, things have changed, Dobbs said, remarking that “suddenly we have a newly-minted secretary of state who’s talking about himself, Continue reading "Lou Dobbs Bizarrely Scolds Mike Pompeo For Disrespecting Trump With Use of First Person Singular"

WATCH: Pompeo Absolutely Explodes at Dem Senator For Suggesting Trump Has Foreign Policy Conflicts of Interest

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo got furious today when asked if President Donald Trump has any conflicts of interest. The secretary of state testified before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, where the many of the questions centered around Trump’s decision to cancel the planned denuclearization summit with North Korea next month. At one point, however, Sen. Tom Udall (D-NM) took things in a different direction by asking Pompeo how can America be sure Trump doesn’t have any foreign interests if no one has seen his tax returns. Pompeo looked positively dumbfounded, and said that he found the question “bizarre.” Udall asked Pompeo if he was refusing to answer the question. That’s when Pompeo snapped at the senator over his “scurrilous” insinuations.
“I’ve been incredibly involved in this administration’s foreign policy for 16 months now, and I have seen literally no evidence of what you are scurrilously suggesting! It is Continue reading "WATCH: Pompeo Absolutely Explodes at Dem Senator For Suggesting Trump Has Foreign Policy Conflicts of Interest"