Categories for Mike Pompeo

32,063. 1/6/2020

MIKE POMPEO/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “RT @marcthiessen: Every word Pompeo said is true.”

Donald Trump, Twitter.com, January 6, 2020 9:51 pm

32,023. 1/3/2020

MEDIA/MIKE POMPEO/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “RT @hughhewitt: Bravo to @SecPompeo for his clarity on @foxandfriends. No apologies. No regrets. Astonishing that some in the American poli…”

Donald Trump, Twitter.com, January 3, 2020 11:02 am

31,601. 12/11/2019

IRAN/MIKE POMPEO/SANCTIONS/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced Wednesday [12-11-19] that the United States plans to impose new sanctions on Iran’s largest shipping company and a major airline for what he said were their roles in transporting material for the country’s ballistic missile and nuclear programs…He added that the sanctions on the shipping company and a subsidiary would not take effect until June 8, to give exporters of humanitarian goods to Iran time to find other transportation companies with which to work. The sanctions on the airline and three of its general sales agents are effective immediately. The sanctions are intended to limit the activities of the Islamic Republic of Iran Shipping Lines; one of its subsidiaries, E-Sail Shipping, based in Shanghai; and Mahan Air.”

Edward Wong, “U.S. Turns Up Pressure on Iran With Sanctions on Transportation Firms,” The New York Times online, December 11, 2019

31,041. 11/26/2019

CHINA/HUMAN RIGHTS/MIKE POMPEO/STATE/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Tuesday [11-26-19] stopped just short of endorsing legislation that would punish violent crackdowns against pro-democracy activists in Hong Kong, a plan that could imperil trade with both the Hong Kong government and China. In wide-ranging remarks at the State Department, Mr. Pompeo took care to note that the decision on the bill would be made by President Trump and would come “before too long’…With veto-proof majorities, both the House and the Senate have approved legislation that would compel the United States to support pro-democracy activists who are demanding true semi-autonomy in Hong Kong. The bill would impose economic sanctions on Chinese and Hong Kong officials responsible for human rights abuses in the territory, which has been roiled by increasingly violent protests since June. Additionally, the legislation would require the State Department to review annually the special autonomous status it grants Hong Kong in trade considerations.” 

Lara Jakes, “Pompeo Warns China to Honor ‘Human Rights Standards’ in Hong Kong,” The New York Times online, November 26, 2019

30,752. 11/18/2019

EU/FOREIGN POLICY/ISRAEL/MIKE POMPEO/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/UN: “Does it deliver a hefty domestic political payoff, reverse an Obama administration position, upturn international law and irritate the European Union? If so, it’s probably a Trump administration foreign policy decision. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Monday [11-18-19] that the US now rejects a 1978 State Department legal opinion that deemed Israeli settlements in the West Bank ‘inconsistent with international law.’ Like moving the US Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem in 2017, this dramatic new stance on settlements — considered illegal by the United Nations and EU — further deprives the Palestinians of leverage and validates Benjamin Netanyahu’s close relationship with Trump at an existential moment for the Israeli PM. Perhaps more important for the US President, Monday’s decision is a gift to conservative evangelical voters who support Israel for reasons of biblical prophecy, as well as to his US donors who are also supportive of right-wing politicians in Israel.”

Stephen Collinson, “Why would Trump reverse US policy on Israeli settlements? Good question.,” CNN Politics, CNN.com, November 18, 2019 12:05 am

30,264. 11/4/2019

INVESTIGATIONS/MIKE POMPEO/RUSSIA/STATE/TRUMP PEOPLE/UKRAINE: “As President Trump’s first C.I.A. director, Mike Pompeo was briefed by agency officials on the extensive evidence — including American intercepts of conversations between participants — showing that Russian hackers working for the government of Vladimir V. Putin had interfered in the 2016 American presidential campaign. In May 2017, Mr. Pompeo testified in a Senate hearing that he stood by that conclusion. Two and a half years later, Mr. Pompeo seems to have changed his mind. As Mr. Trump’s second secretary of state, he now supports an investigation into a discredited, partisan theory that Ukraine, not Russia, attacked the Democratic National Committee, which Mr. Trump wants to use to make the case that he was elected without Moscow’s help…Mr. Pompeo’s spreading of a false narrative at the heart of the Ukraine scandal is the most striking example of how he has fallen off the tightrope he has traversed for the past 18 months: demonstrating loyalty to the president while insisting to others he was pursuing a traditional, conservative foreign policy.” 

Edward Wong and David E. Sanger, “Pompeo Faces Political Peril and Diplomats’ Revolt in Impeachment Inquiry,” The New York Times online, November 4, 2019

29,786. 10/22/2019

IVANKA/MIKE POMPEO: “RT @IvankaTrump: Visiting the Air Capital of the World with @SecPompeo to meet hardworking students in programs training them to succeed in…” 

Donald Trump, Twitter.com, October 22, 2019 10:50 pm

29,588. 10/17/2019

MIKE PENCE/MIKE POMPEO/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/TURKEY: “Great news out of Turkey. News Conference shortly with @VP and @SecPompeo. Thank you to @RTErdogan. Millions of lives will be saved!”

Donald Trump, Twitter.com, October 17, 2019 12:29 pm

29,531. 10/16/2019

INVESTIGATIONS/MIKE POMPEO/STATE/TRUMP PEOPLE : “Michael McKinley told investigators he resigned last week as a top aide to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo out of frustration with an increasingly politicized State Department — particularly the way the Trump administration wrestled Ukraine policy away from career diplomats. He warned that efforts to pressure Ukraine ‘to procure negative information on political opponents’ would ‘have a serious impact on foreign service morale and the integrity of our work overseas.’ Senator Mitch McConnell, the majority leader, outlined the next few months of impeachment at the Senate Republicans’ weekly lunch. He said House Democrats wanted to move expeditiously, possibly approving articles of impeachment by Thanksgiving. Chief Justice John Roberts would then preside over the Senate trial, which Mr. McConnell hoped would be completed by Christmas.”

Noah Weiland, “The Trump Impeachment Inquiry: What Happened Today,” The New York Times online, October 16, 2019

29,425. 10/12/2019

MIKE POMPEO/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “RT @ericbolling: ‘Lockdown’?? #FakeNews @SecPompeo gave me unprecedented access at State this week. Answered all my questions about Ukrai…”

Donald Trump, Twitter.com, October 12, 2019 2:48 pm

28,981. 10/2/2019

DEMS/MIKE POMPEO/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Adam Schiff should only be so lucky to have the brains, honor and strength of Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. For a lowlife like Schiff, who completely fabricated my words and read them to Congress as though they were said by me, to demean a First in Class at West Point, is SAD!” 

Donald Trump, Twitter.com, October 2, 2019 10:39 am

28,805. 9/27/2019

DEMS/HOUSE OF REPS/IMPEACHMENT/MIKE POMPEO/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “House Democrats, moving quickly to escalate their impeachment inquiry into President Trump, subpoenaed Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Friday [9-27-19], demanding that he promptly produce a tranche of documents and a slate of witnesses that could shed light on the president’s attempts to pressure Ukraine to help tarnish a leading political rival. The subpoena and demands for depositions were the first major investigative actions the House has taken since it launched impeachment proceedings this week in light of revelations that Mr. Trump pushed President Volodymyr Zelensky of Ukraine to investigate Joseph R. Biden Jr., a contender for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination, possibly using United States aid as leverage. Democrats said more subpoenas — and possibly the scheduling of their first formal impeachment hearing — would come in the next week.”

Nicholas Fandos and Sheryl Gay Stolberg, “House Democrats Issue First Subpoena in Impeachment Inquiry,” The New York Times online, September 27, 2019

28,659. 9/24/2019

DEMS/MIKE POMPEO/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/UKRAINE: “Secretary of State Pompeo recieved permission from Ukraine Government to release the transcript of the telephone call I had with their President. They don’t know either what the big deal is. A total Witch Hunt Scam by the Democrats!”

Donald Trump, Twitter.com, September 24, 2019 5:22 pm

28,537. 9/19/2019

IRAN/MIKE POMPEO/OIL/SAUDI ARABIA/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “The United States said on Thursday [9-19-19] it was building a coalition to deter Iranian threats following a weekend attack on Saudi Arabian oil facilities. Iran has warned U.S. President Donald Trump against being dragged into a war in the Middle East and said it would meet any offensive action with a crushing response. U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said that Trump, who has ordered more sanctions on Iran, wants a peaceful solution to the crisis. He was speaking after talks with Saudi and Emirati leaders over the strike that Washington and Riyadh have blamed on Tehran. Iran denies involvement in the Sept. 14 attack that initially halved Saudi oil output and which Pompeo earlier called an ‘act of war’ against the world’s largest oil exporter. Pompeo appeared to soften his tone on Thursday after talks with Abu Dhabi’s crown prince, the de facto ruler of the United Arab Emirates, which is Riyadh’s main Arab ally.”

Tuqa Khalid, Aziz El Yaakoubi, “U.S. building coalition after Saudi oil attack, Iran warns against war,” Reuters, September 19, 2019 1:36 am

28,524. 9/18/2019

IRAN/IRAQ/MIDDLE EAST/MIKE POMPEO/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “It took less than a day after major Saudi oil facilities came under attack this weekend for Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to blame Iran directly. The swiftness of the judgment raised eyebrows in Washington and around the world, triggering immediate comparisons to the run-up to the Iraq War in 2002 and 2003, when the George W. Bush administration evoked the specter of a ‘mushroom cloud’ to make the case for intervention in the Middle East. It took until Wednesday morning for Saudi Arabia to back up Pompeo’s claim, with the Saudi defense ministry explicitly pointing to Iran and ruling out Yemen as the source of the drones and cruise missiles. In a dramatic news conference in Riyadh, Saudi officials displayed wrecked pieces of several recovered weapons and said the attack had come from the north, though they hadn’t pinpointed the launch site. In the interim, skepticism of the U.S.’ credibility started to pour in.”

Eli Okun, “Ghosts of Iraq hang over Trump’s chest-thumping on Iran,” Politico, September 18, 2019 4:22 pm

28,480. 9/17/2019

IRAN/MIKE POMPEO/MILITARY/SAUDI ARABIA/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “President Donald Trump offered a reserved rebuttal to Sen. Lindsey Graham’s assertion that the administration’s response to Iran shooting down an American drone earlier this summer was viewed as ‘weakness,’ with the President calling his response ‘a sign of strength.’ Trump’s tweet was an unusual rebuke of a strong congressional ally — though much gentler than some of his previous attacks on critics — and comes as sources tell CNN that no definitive US response to this past weekend’s attacks on Saudi oil fields is expected until Secretary of State Mike Pompeo returns from his trip to Saudi Arabia that begins Tuesday [9-17-19] night. Graham’s Twitter thread about the attacks on Saudi oil facilities began Tuesday with praise for Vice President Mike Pence after he briefed Senate Republicans. The attack, claimed by Houthi rebels in Yemen, forced state-owned Saudi Aramco to halve its production, taking more than 5% of the world’s daily crude oil consumption off the global market.”

Caroline Kelly, “Trump rebuts Graham: My response to Iran ‘was a sign of strength’,” CNN Politics, CNN.com, September 17, 2019 11:27 pm

27,323. 8/9/2019

DEMS/MIKE POMPEO/STATE/TRUMP PEOPLE: “Democrats and many in the State Department are increasingly exasperated that they have yet to see the results of an investigation into whether President Donald Trump’s political appointees mistreated career staffers. The delayed release of the State Department inspector general’s findings has generated rising suspicion that Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is trying to derail the investigation, whose results could be damning to some of his top aides. Lawmakers initially expected the report ‘months ago,’ according to Rep. Eliot Engel, who chairs the House Foreign Affairs Committee…Aides to Pompeo did not offer comment on his role. The inspector general’s office, however, insisted that there is nothing unusual in the length of time it’s taken to release the findings…The probe is expected to cover a wide array of suspected mistreatment of Foreign Service and Civil Service officers by Trump political appointees. The majority of the alleged improprieties are thought to have occurred under former Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, but the accused include some political appointees who also served under Pompeo.”

Nahal Toosi, “Fury grows over delayed probe of Trump aides’ alleged political retaliation,” Politico, August 9, 2019 4:48 pm

27,135. 8/2/2019

CENTRAL AMERICA/IMMIGRATION/MIKE POMPEO/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “President Trump struck an agreement last week to require thousands of Central American migrants to seek asylum in Guatemala before coming to the United States. But the White House ceremony to hail what the president called a ‘landmark’ measure — one that could transform the American immigration system — almost did not happen. Just two hours earlier, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo had criticized the agreement in a closed-door meeting with Mr. Trump and Kevin K. McAleenan, the acting secretary of homeland security, and several other aides, according to three senior administration officials briefed on a debate that ensued in the Oval Office. Mr. Pompeo called the agreement flawed and a mistake, and he told Mr. Trump that the Guatemalan government did not have the ability to carry out its terms, said the three officials, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss delicate deliberations.”

Michael D. Shear and Zolan Kanno-Youngs, “Trump Officials Argued Over Asylum Deal With Guatemala. Now Both Countries Must Make It Work.,” The New York Times online, August 2, 2019

25,708. 6/13/2019

IRAN/MIKE POMPEO/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s accusation on Thursday [6-13-19] that Iran was behind an attack on two oil tankers forces President Trump to confront a choice he has avoided until now: whether to make good on his threat that Tehran would ‘suffer greatly’ if American interests were imperiled. For weeks, Mr. Trump has weaved on the issue, by turns ordering a carrier group last month to head to the Persian Gulf and then distancing himself from the hawkish views of his national security adviser, John R. Bolton. Last week, the president said he was open to negotiating with Iranian leaders the way he has negotiated with North Korea. And on Thursday, with images of black smoke rising from a tanker hit with a mine, Mr. Trump seemed to reverse course, posting on Twitter that ‘it is too soon to even think about making a deal,’ adding, ‘They are not ready, and neither are we!’ His equivocation reflects divisions in his administration, which has never come to an agreement on a comprehensive strategy to deal with Iran — especially after it shattered the unity of the United States’ key allies, who had joined with the Obama administration to force Tehran into the 2015 nuclear deal that Mr. Trump subsequently abandoned.”

David E. Sanger and Edward Wong, “After Placing Blame for Attacks, Trump Faces Difficult Choices on Confronting Iran,” The New York Times online, June 13, 2019

25,686. 6/13/2019

IRAN/MIKE POMPEO/MILITARY/OIL/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “President Donald Trump’s statement Friday [6-14-19] that Iran was behind brazen attacks on two fuel tankers in the Gulf of Oman ignored the crucial question posed by his stakes-raising claim — about what the United States plans to do about it. Trump argued in a Fox News interview on Friday that his hardline politics had forced Iran to pull back from its disruptive policies in its immediate region — a claim that would be undermined by Thursday’s [6-13-19] attacks if it turns out Tehran was responsible…The President however did not respond when he was pressed on how he planned to stop future attacks — a question that was also left unanswered by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo when he appeared in the State Department Briefing Room Thursday to blame Iran for the attacks. Trump’s lack of specifics raised the question of whether Washington’s tough talk on Iran will be backed up by action, or whether the administration is trying to keep tensions manageable amid fears of a slide into an open confrontation with Tehran.”

Stephen Collinson, “Trump raises stakes on Gulf tanker attacks — for himself and Iran,” CNN Politics, CNN.com, June 13, 2019 9:08 am

25,241. 5/23/2019

CONGRESS/GUNS/MIDDLE EAST/MIKE POMPEO/SAUDI ARABIA/STATE/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “The Trump administration is preparing to circumvent Congress to allow the export to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates of billions of dollars of munitions that are now on hold, according to current and former American officials and legislators familiar with the plan. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and some political appointees in the State Department are pushing for the administration to invoke an emergency provision that would allow President Trump to prevent Congress from halting the sales, worth about $7 billion. The transactions, which include precision-guided munitions and combat aircraft, would infuriate lawmakers in both parties. They would also further inflame tensions between the United States and Iran, which views Saudi Arabia as its main rival and has been supporting the Houthi rebels in Yemen in their campaign against a Saudi-led military coalition that includes the United Arab Emirates.

Edward Wong, Catie Edmondson and Eric Schmitt, “Trump Officials Prepare to Bypass Congress to Sell Weapons to Gulf Nations,” The New York Times online, May 23, 2019

25,115. 5/20/2019

HEALTHCARE/HHS/MIKE PENCE/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Sweeping new protections for religious health care workers and an overhaul of family planning programs to effectively cut out Planned Parenthood represent something unusual in the Trump administration: a clear spotting of the fingerprints of Vice President Mike Pence. From topics ranging from trade to the president’s scorched-earth attacks against the Mueller investigation, Pence has been the loyal foot soldier while often appearing uncomfortable amid the administration’s biggest fights. Despite having earned Trump’s gratitude for his loyalty, Pence has had a far lower profile than his recent predecessors. But behind the scenes, Pence has developed his own sphere of influence in an agency lower on Trump’s radar: Health and Human Services. It’s also the agency with the ability to fulfill the policy goal most closely associated with Pence over his nearly 20 year career in electoral politics: de-funding Planned Parenthood. Numerous top leaders of the department — including Secretary Alex Azar, Surgeon General Jerome Adams and Medicaid/Medicare chief Seema Verma — have ties to Pence and Indiana.”

Rachana Pradhan and Alice Miranda Ollstein, “How Mike Pence’s ‘Indiana mafia’ took over health care policy,” Politico, May 20, 2019 5:04 am

25,028. 5/16/2019

IRAN/MIKE POMPEO/MILITARY/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “President Trump has sought to put the brakes on a brewing confrontation with Iran in recent days, telling the acting defense secretary, Patrick Shanahan, that he does not want to go to war with Iran, administration officials said, while his senior diplomats began searching for ways to defuse the tensions. Mr. Trump’s statement, during a Wednesday [5-15-19] morning meeting in the Situation Room, sent a message to his hawkish aides that he does not want the intensifying American pressure campaign against the Iranians to explode into open conflict. For now, an administration that had appeared to be girding for conflict seems more determined to find a diplomatic off-ramp. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo called the leader of Oman, Sultan Qaboos bin Said, on Wednesday to confer about the threat posed by Iran, according to a statement. Long an intermediary between the West and Iran, Oman was a site of a secret channel in 2013 when the Obama administration was negotiating a nuclear agreement with Iran.”

Mark Landler, Maggie Haberman and Eric Schmitt, “Trump Tells Pentagon Chief He Does Not Want War With Iran,” The New York Times online, May 16, 2019

24,710. 5/7/2019

IRAN/MIKE POMPEO/NUCLEAR/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Iran is set to announce Wednesday [5-8-19] that it will reduce its commitments to the international nuclear pact it signed in 2015 as the US moves a Navy strike group and B-52 bombers to the region to counter perceived threats from Tehran and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo made a surprise visit to the region. Exactly a year to the day after President Donald Trump announced the US was abandoning the landmark agreement meant to curb Iran’s nuclear program, President Hassan Rouhani will relay the decision to the European Union in a letter, while the British, French, German, Russian and Chinese ambassadors will be told in person at the foreign ministry, according to Iran’s state media IRNA…Iran’s decision to ease its adherence to the nuclear deal isn’t expected to unravel the pact anytime soon, according to analysts who said that the remaining parties will likely remain committed to shoring up to agreement. But it could further strain ties between the US and its European allies and heighten global tensions as Washington moves military firepower into the region and Iran prepares to adjust its approach to the deal.”

Nicole Gaouette and Tara John, “Iran to reduce commitments to nuclear deal amid US pressure, military moves,” CNN Politics, CNN.com, May 7, 2019 10:26 pm

24,597. 5/3/2019

MIKE POMPEO/MILITARY/NATIONAL SECURITY/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/VENEZUELA: “Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Thursday [5-2-19] that the Trump administration ‘will simply not rule out’ military action in Venezuela. And on Friday [5-3-19], Trump administration officials met for the second day in a row at the Pentagon to discuss options for toppling the country’s embattled autocratic leader. Speaking to reporters back in March, national security adviser John Bolton held a yellow notepad with a line of text conspicuously visible: ‘5,000 troops to Colombia,’ he had written. Together, the actions and planning meetings — one of them held in ‘the Tank,’ the Pentagon’s most secure room — are part of a threatening drumbeat aimed at Nicolás Maduro, who, U.S. officials say, may be on the brink of ouster…But on a day when Trump spoke to Russian President Vladimir Putin, whose backing of Maduro is causing tensions with the U.S., Trump officials and national security experts said mounting talk of U.S. military action is almost certainly hollow. Two U.S. officials told POLITICO these actions are designed more to rattle Maduro — and Venezuelan military leaders who have been a key source of support for him — than to foreshadow an American military effort in Venezuela.”

Eliana Johnson and Wesley Morgan, “Trump team tries to rattle Maduro with military tough talk,” Politico, May 3, 2019 7:42 pm