Mike Pompeo Blasts ‘Sad’ NYT Op Ed from ‘Disgruntled, Deceptive Bad Actor’ Trying to Undermine Trump

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is slamming The New York Times while at the same time denying that he wrote the anonymous op-ed about a senior Trump staffer’s “resistance” from inside the White House. During a press event in Dehli, Pompeo attacked the Times as a “liberal newspaper” who used the words of a “disgruntled, deceptive bad actor” to attack the administration. He called it part of the media’s “incredibly disturbing” effort to undermine Donald Trump‘s presidency. “It’s sad more than anything else that out nation’s come to where we have,” Pompeo said. “I come from a place where if you’re not in a position to execute the commander’s intent, you have a singular Continue reading "Mike Pompeo Blasts ‘Sad’ NYT Op Ed from ‘Disgruntled, Deceptive Bad Actor’ Trying to Undermine Trump"

Trump Says He Canceled Mike Pompeo’s Trip to North Korea: ‘We Are Not Making Sufficient Progress’

President Donald Trump posted a Twitter thread saying that his administration’s dealings with North Korea aren’t going quite as he had hoped, placing the blame on China. “I have asked Secretary of State Mike Pompeo not to go to North Korea, at this time, because I feel we are not making sufficient progress Continue reading "Trump Says He Canceled Mike Pompeo’s Trip to North Korea: ‘We Are Not Making Sufficient Progress’"

MSNBC’s Ruhle Bashes Trump’s Foreign Policy Messes: Pompeo ‘Being Handed a Garbage Sandwich’

On Tuesday, MSNBC’s Stephanie Ruhle said that Mike Pompeo‘s job as Secretary of State usually boils down to cleaning up the messes Donald Trump makes with international policy. Ruhle used a portion of her show to address the new intelligence reports saying North Korea is still developing advanced ICBMs, even as Pompeo continues to insist he’s making diplomatic progress on the Korean Peninsula’s denuclearization. As she talked about this development with her panel, Ruhle questioned whether Trump’s private summits with international strongmen are actually of any use for his administration’s negotiations with hostile nations. “Are the president’s one-on-one meetings with these leaders making it easier or harder for his team?” Ruhle asked. “Do you guys remember when Mike Pompeo first went and had that surprise meeting in North Korea? And across the board people said what a great development? Since then he has been handed a garbage Continue reading "MSNBC’s Ruhle Bashes Trump’s Foreign Policy Messes: Pompeo ‘Being Handed a Garbage Sandwich’"

Menendez Goes Off When Pompeo Says He’s Being Political: If Obama Did What Trump Did in Helsinki…

Senator Bob Menendez got heated with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo earlier today during today’s Senate hearing, but they had a second spat a few hours later. Menendez was the latest senator to bring up President Donald Trump‘s public statements being at odds with administration policy. Pompeo responded and said at one point, “I saw the glee on your side walking away, trying to make a political point from that. That’s silliness.” He told Menendez he’s got a “political soliloquy,” to which Menendez shot back that he’s “demeaning” some of the senators Continue reading "Menendez Goes Off When Pompeo Says He’s Being Political: If Obama Did What Trump Did in Helsinki…"

Sen. Udall Grills Pompeo: Shouldn’t Trump Release Tax Returns to Satisfy Concerns About His Russia Ties?

On Wednesday, Sen. Tom Udall (D-NM) quizzed Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on President Donald Trump‘s business interminglings with Russia and possible compromising relationship with a foreign nation. The Senator then suggested during the Capitol Hill hearing that Trump could clear things up, if only he would release his taxes. “As we saw in Helsinki and throughout his presidency and the campaign, this president is extremely sympathetic to the Russian government that attacked and continues to attack our democracy and those of our allies,” Udall said during the hearing. “It’s a fact of political life that many Americans are concerned about the unthinkable that a U.S. President could have compromised — a compromising relationship with a foreign power.” He added: “The president could clear this up in three simple ways. Releasing the tax returns and those of the Trump organizations and the taxes from the various family Continue reading "Sen. Udall Grills Pompeo: Shouldn’t Trump Release Tax Returns to Satisfy Concerns About His Russia Ties?"

Corker Confronts Pompeo on Trump’s ‘Damaging’ Statements: ‘You Are Not Responding to What I’m Saying’

Senator Bob Corker made it clear to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo during today’s big hearing that it’s not him senators have an issue with, it’s President Donald Trump. He offered praise for both Pompeo and Sec. Jim Mattis before saying, “It’s the President that causes people to have concerns.” He pointed to Trump creating an “equivalence” between Vladimir Putin‘s word and the assessment of the U.S. intelligence community, as well as the brief consideration from the President on helping Putin interrogate Americans. Between that, Trump’s criticisms of NATO, and the Trump-Tucker Carlson Montenegro moment, Corker asked, “Why does he do those things?… Is there a strategy with this? What is it that causes the President to purposely––purposely create distrust in these institutions and what we’re doing?” Pompeo responded, “Senator, I just disagree with most of what you just said there. You somehow disconnect Continue reading "Corker Confronts Pompeo on Trump’s ‘Damaging’ Statements: ‘You Are Not Responding to What I’m Saying’"

Secretary of State Pompeo Disputes ‘Narrative’ That Trump Is ‘Weak on Russia’

During a contentious grilling on Capitol Hill on Monday, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo defended President Donald Trump against accusations that he has been weak on Russia. Pompeo’s remarks came during a question on agreements made with Russia over Ukraine. “No, senator,” Pompeo said. He added, “The U.S. policy hasn’t changed.” The Secretary of State then offered to drag out the quotes from lawmakers expressing concern Trump would “make a change in position” on this, saying, “It is a policy the previous administration refused to undertake.” Pompeo said that this comparison and distinction was important because “there is a narrative that has developed that somehow President Trump is Continue reading "Secretary of State Pompeo Disputes ‘Narrative’ That Trump Is ‘Weak on Russia’"