Tag Archives: Mike Pompeo

Former Pompeo Advisor: I Quit Over Trump’s Attacks

Politico reports: A former top adviser to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told House impeachment investigators on Wednesday that he abruptly resigned last week because of President Donald Trump’s attacks on the ousted U.S. ambassador to Ukraine and the State Department’s unwillingness to protect career diplomats from political pressure, according to two people familiar with the testimony. Michael McKinley, a …

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Erdogan Refuses To Meet With Pence And Pompeo

NBC News reports: Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said he will refuse to meet with Vice President Mike Pence, who is due to travel to Turkey to argue for a ceasefire in the ongoing Syria conflict. “I’m not going to talk to them. They will be talking to their counterparts. When Trump comes here, I’ll be talking,” he said …

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Pompeo Proselytizes On Official State Dept Website

Newsweek reports: Secretary of State Mike Pompeo delivered a speech on Friday to the American Association of Christian Counselors (AACC) at its 2019 world conference in Nashville, Tennessee. Outlining “what it means to be a Christian leader,” Pompeo described how he applies his religious faith to government administration. Titled “Being a Christian Leader” and promoted in his official government capacity …

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Pompeo Evasive On Meeting Giuliani Overseas [VIDEO]

Law & Crime reports: Secretary of State Mike Pompeo gritted his teeth through a strained response when NBC Nashville reporter Nancy Amons grilled him on whether he had met with Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani during an overseas trip in February. Pompeo was hostile and evasive throughout the interview, at one point accusing Amons of “working at least in part for …

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Pompeo: It Was Trump’s “Duty” To Ask For Ukraine Help

The New York Times reports: Secretary of State Mike Pompeo defiantly insisted on Saturday in Greece that the Trump administration was right to ask Ukrainian officials to investigate claims of election interference in the 2016 American presidential campaign, bolstering a widely debunked conspiracy theory that had already been dismissed by his own diplomatic envoy. In comments to journalists in Athens, …

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Pompeo Defies House Subpoena On Ukraine Docs

USA Today reports: Secretary of State Mike Pompeo failed to comply with a Friday deadline to turn over Ukraine-related documents to House Democrats leading an impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump, according to an official on the House Foreign Affairs Committee. The State Department’s delay in producing reams of documents related to the agency’s dealings with Rudy Giuliani, Trump’s personal …

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New Book Claims Trump Screamed At Pompeo And Others: “You’re Making Me Look Like A Fucking Idiot”

The Independent reports: Donald Trump reportedly told aides and cabinet ministers they were making him look like an “idiot” in an expletive-laden rant over his failure to clamp down on the nation’s southern border. In a March Oval Office meeting in which he called for entry to the US from Mexico to be completely shut down, the president is said …

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Pompeo Confirms He Was On Ukraine Call [VIDEO]

CBS News reports: Addressing reporters in Rome during an overseas visit, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo confirmed that he was on the July call between President Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelesnky. “I was on the phone call,” he told the press. “I know precisely what the American policy has been with respect to Ukraine. It’s been remarkably consistent, and …

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Top Democrats Warn Pompeo Of Possible Obstruction Charge For “Stonewalling” And Intimidating Witnesses

Axios reports: Secretary of State Mike Pompeo sent a letter to the House Foreign Affairs Committee on Tuesday accusing Democrats of “an attempt to intimidate, bully, and treat improperly” officials from the State Department who have been asked to cooperate in the Trump-Ukraine investigation. The chairmen of the House Foreign Affairs, Intelligence and Oversight committees responded to Pompeo on Tuesday …

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Pompeo “Won’t Tolerate Bullying” By House Democrats

CNBC reports: Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Tuesday pushed back on House Democrats’ attempt to depose State Department officials as part of the ongoing impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump. Pompeo said in a tweet that he is “concerned with aspects” of House committee leaders’ requests “that can be understood only as an attempt to intimidate, bully, & treat …

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Wall Street Journal: Pompeo Was On The Ukraine Call

The Daily Beast reports: Secretary of State Mike Pompeo was on the July 25 call between President Trump and his Ukrainian counterpart that was the subject of a bombshell whistleblower complaint, The Wall Street Journal reports. The newspaper reports that Pompeo was one of the administration officials who listened in on the call, according to a senior State Department official. …

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Guiliani: Mike Pompeo Knew I Was Talking To Ukraine

CBS News reports: President Trump’s personal attorney, Rudy Giuliani, said on Sunday that Secretary of State Mike Pompeo had told him he was aware of his unorthodox diplomatic campaign to pressure Ukraine’s government to dig up political dirt on former Vice President Joe Biden and his son, Hunter. “I did not do this on my own. I did it at …

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US House Committees Subpoena Pompeo On Ukraine

Via press release: Today, Rep. Eliot L. Engel, the Chairman of the Committee on Foreign Affairs, Rep. Adam Schiff, the Chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, and Rep. Elijah E. Cummings, the Chairman of the Committee on Oversight and Reform, sent a letter to Secretary of State Michael Pompeo for documents, including many he has refused to …

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Pompeo: Not “Appropriate” To Release Call Transcript

Reuters reports: Joe Biden has called on Trump to disclose the transcript of his conversation with Zelensky so “the American people can judge for themselves.” When asked about releasing the transcript, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told ABC News that “those are private conversations between world leaders and it wouldn’t be appropriate to do so except in the most extreme …

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Pompeo To Press: When People Lie, Call Them Liars

“Whenever you report about them, and you say, ‘The Houthis said,’ you should say ‘The well known frequently lying Houthis have said the following.’ This is important because you ought not report them as if they are truth-tellers, as if these are people who aren’t completely under the boot of the Iranians. “So there you go, whenever you say Houthis, …

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Trump Sends Pompeo Scurrying To Saudi Arabia

USA Today reports: Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is heading to the Middle East Tuesday as the Trump administration again sent mixed messages about how the U.S. would respond to the crippling attacks on Saudi Arabia’s oil infrastructure. Pompeo has blamed Iran for Saturday’s strikes on the Abqaiq oil processing plant and a key Saudi oil field, where an estimated …

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Mike Pompeo Defends Inviting Taliban To Camp David

CNN reports: The secretary of state said Sunday’s now-canceled meeting at Camp David was in the works “for a while” and defended Trump’s decision to invite Taliban leaders on US soil. “It was the case that when the Taliban tried to gain a negotiating advantage by conducting terror attacks inside the country, President Trump made the right decision” to walk …

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KANSAS: Pompeo Bid For US Senate Looking Likely

USA Today reports: Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says he’s laser-focused on his job as President Trump’s top diplomat, and he’s quick to dismiss “all the chatter” about a possible bid for U.S. Senate. “I think the only one not talking about my Kansas Senate run is me,” Pompeo told CNBC in an Aug. 20 interview. But Pompeo will fuel …

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US Deletes “Palestinian Territories” From Website

The Times Of Israel reports: The US State Department has removed the “Palestinian Territories” from its website’s list of countries and areas in the Middle East, sparking an uproar among Palestinian officials. The current version of the website only mentions Palestinians on its page for Israel, in the context of the Trump administration’s peace efforts. Archived versions of the State …

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Pompeo Fires “Abusive” Natural Law Commission Spox

Two months ago the State Department listed former Fox News contributor Kiron Skinner as its media contact for the newly-formed anti-LGBT “natural law” commission. But she’s not anymore. A senior adviser to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo was fired this week over what some described as her “abusive” management style, three officials told POLITICO. Kiron Skinner, the director of the …

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