CHINA/COVID-19/MIKE POMPEO: “Former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said in his forthcoming memoir that former President Trump told him to ‘shut the hell up’ about China in the early stages of the COVID-19 outbreak, Semafor reported on Thursday… Xi had warned Trump on the call that his secretary of State was endangering the recently signed […]

Read More… from 1/19/2023


IVANKA/JARED KUSHNER/MIKE POMPEO/TRUMP PEOPLE: “In a new memoir peppered with broadsides at potential rivals in the 2024 Republican presidential primary, Mike Pompeo, the former secretary of state, accuses Nikki Haley of plotting with Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump to be named vice-president, even while she served as Donald Trump’s ambassador to the United Nations. Describing […]

Read More… from 1/19/2023


FOREIGN DIGNITARIES/MIKE POMPEO/TRUMP ADMIN: “The State Department inspector general is investigating whether Trump administration officials helped themselves to expensive Trump-branded gifts meant for foreign dignitaries, NBC News confirmed Tuesday…  The inspector general’s broad look at missing gifts during the Trump administration also includes a whiskey bottle worth $5,800 that was given to then-Secretary of State […]

Read More… from 10/12/2021


CHINA/MIKE POMPEO/TRUMP ADMIN: “The Trump administration has determined that China has committed ‘genocide and crimes against humanity’ in its repression of Uighur Muslims in its Xinjiang region, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Tuesday, delivering an embarrassing blow to Beijing a day before U.S. President-elect Joe Biden is to take office… The move is […]

Read More… from 1/19/2021


MIKE POMPEO/TRUMP PEOPLE: “Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has doubled down on his defense of Trump, criticizing those who have broken ranks and ingratiating himself with the president’s followers, who will be vital for his own presidential ambitions… Pompeo’s close alignment with Trump defined his tenure as America’s top diplomat. Both his supporters and critics […]

Read More… from 1/18/2021


CYBERATTACK/MIKE POMPEO/RUSSIA: “President Donald Trump suggested Saturday [Dec. 19, 2020] that China might have been behind a cyberattack affecting multiple U.S. government agencies and companies, despite Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s allegation hours earlier that Russia was likely behind the attack. A U.S. official confirmed to NBC News on Saturday that White House officials were […]

Read More… from 12/19/2020


2020 ELECTION/CHINA/CORRUPTION/FAKE NEWS/MEDIA/MIKE POMPEO/RUSSIA/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “The Cyber Hack is far greater in the Fake News Media than in actuality. I have been fully briefed and everything is well under control. Russia, Russia, Russia is the priority chant when anything happens because Lamestream is, for mostly financial reasons, petrified of…. ….discussing the possibility that it […]

Read More… from 12/19/2020


ISRAEL/MIKE POMPEO/TRUMP PEOPLE: “[T]he Trump administration is capping its revisions of U.S. Middle East policy with another full-throated show of support for Israel. On Thursday [Nov. 19, 2020], Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced a series of measures expressly aimed at countering the international movement to boycott, divest from or sanction Israel, also known as […]

Read More… from 11/19/2020


2020 ELECTION/MIKE POMPEO/SECRETARY OF STATE/TRUMP PEOPLE: “Secretary of State Mike Pompeo battled reporters over President Trump’s refusal to accept the results of the presidential election, predicting ‘there will be a smooth transition to a second Trump administration’ despite the fact that former Vice President Joe Biden is the projected winner of the race. The comment […]

Read More… from 11/10/2020


2020 ELECTION/BIDEN TRANSITION/MIKE POMPEO/QUOTE/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “That’s why Mike was number one in his class at West Point! RT @nowthisnews Sec. of State Pompeo outright denies the election results: ‘There will be a smooth transition to a second Trump administration’ https://twitter.com/i/status/1326226501222719489″ ––Donald Trump, Twitter.com, November 10, 2020 2:59 pm […]

Read More… from 11/10/2020


MIKE POMPEO/NATIONAL SECURITY/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Congratulations to Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan and Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev, who just agreed to adhere to a cease fire effective at midnight. Many lives will be saved. Proud of my team @SecPompeo & Steve Biegun & @WHNSC for getting the deal done!“ ––Donald Trump, Twitter.com, October 25, 2020 11:44 am […]

Read More… from 10/25/2020


ABORTION/MIKE POMPEO/TRUMP ADMIN: “The United States on Thursday signed an anti-abortion declaration along with more than 30 countries representing over 1.6 billion people… Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar took part in a virtual signing ceremony of the Geneva Consensus Declaration. Egypt, Uganda, Brazil, Hungary and Indonesia […]

Read More… from 10/23/2020


IRAN/MIKE POMPEO/OBAMA ADMIN/UN: “Today I’m directing the Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, to notify the UN Security Council that the United States intends to restore virtually all of the previously suspended United Nations sanctions on Iran. It’s a snapback, not uncommon. Two years ago, I withdrew the United States from the disastrous Iran Nuclear Deal, […]

Read More… from 8/19/2020


2020 ELECTION/CORONAVIRUS/DOJ/MIKE  POMPEO: “Mike Pompeo erroneously asserted that the Department of Justice will decide whether the presidential election is held on Nov. 3. [T]he secretary of state was asked to address President Trump’s Thursday tweet suggesting that the presidential election should be moved because of voter fraud related to the enormous amount of mail-in votes […]

Read More… from 7/30/2020


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 […]

Read More… from 12/11/2019


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 […]

Read More… from 11/26/2019


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 […]

Read More… from 11/18/2019


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 […]

Read More… from 11/4/2019


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 […]

Read More… from 10/22/2019


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 […]

Read More… from 10/16/2019


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, […]

Read More… from 10/2/2019


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 […]

Read More… from 9/27/2019


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 […]

Read More… from 9/24/2019


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 […]

Read More… from 9/19/2019


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 […]

Read More… from 9/18/2019


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 […]

Read More… from 9/17/2019


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 […]

Read More… from 8/9/2019


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 […]

Read More… from 8/2/2019


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. […]

Read More… from 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 […]

Read More… from 6/13/2019


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 […]

Read More… from 5/23/2019


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 […]

Read More… from 5/20/2019


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. […]

Read More… from 5/16/2019


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 […]

Read More… from 5/7/2019


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. […]

Read More… from 5/3/2019


FOREIGN POLICY/LIBYA/MIKE POMPEO/MILITARY/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “President Trump on Friday [4-19-19] abruptly reversed American policy toward Libya, issuing a statement publicly endorsing an aspiring strongman in his battle to depose the United Nations-backed government. The would-be strongman, Khalifa Hifter, launched a surprise attack on the Libyan capital, Tripoli, more than two weeks ago. Relief agencies said […]

Read More… from 4/19/2019


MEDIA/MIKE POMPEO/SAUDI ARABIA/SENATE/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/TRUMP PEOPLE: “Senators rapped Secretary of State Mike Pompeo Wednesday for being less than forthcoming on a series of issues, as the top US diplomat sidestepped questions on Washington’s support for a two-state solution between Israelis and Palestinians, the Saudi killing of Jamal Khashoggi and why Washington is treating Mexico like […]

Read More… from 4/10/2019


FOEIGN POLICY/MIKE POMPEO/STATE/TRUMP PEOPLE: “Secretary of State Mike Pompeo named former Fox News contributor Morgan Ortagus, a previous critic of President Donald Trump, as the new State Department spokesperson Wednesday [4-3-19]…Ortagus, a Navy reserve officer, was the anticipated pick for the job and has extensive foreign policy experience. But in 2016, she slammed then-candidate Trump […]

Read More… from 4/3/2019


HUMAN RIGHTS/MIKE POMPEO/NORTH KOREA/STATE/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “A former State Department official turned congressman questioned Mike Pompeo on Kim Jong Un’s culpability for human rights violations, pressing the Secretary of State to answer how such a person could be likeable. Rep. Tom Malinowski, a former assistant secretary of state for democracy, human rights and labor, asked […]

Read More… from 3/27/2019


MIKE POMPEO/NORTH KOREA/NUCLEAR/SUMMIT/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “President Donald Trump walked away from a summit with North Korea on Thursday [2-28-19] saying his administration was ‘positioned to do something very special’ on denuclearization. Experts had their doubts. Trump’s own Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo even acknowledged the lack of progress with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un: […]

Read More… from 2/28/2019


MIKE POMPEO/NORTH KOREA/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/VIETNAM: “This week’s second summit between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un takes place in a highly symbolic location: Hanoi, the capital of Vietnam. For the Trump administration, the venue appears to be intended as a symbol of free-market victory: Vietnam’s economy has thrived as it has […]

Read More… from 2/26/2019


FOREIGN POLICY/MIKE POMPEO/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “One of the first problems that Mike Pompeo solved for Donald Trump was the President’s Daily Brief. On every morning (or at least some of them), the president has traditionally received the most crucial findings of the United States spying apparatus, personally delivered in a solemn face-to-face exchange with a […]

Read More… from 2/26/2019


CONGRESS/DEMS/MIKE POMPEO/NORTH KOREA/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Just a week before President Donald Trump is set to meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, key Democratic House chairmen accused the president on Thursday [2-21-19] of withholding information about his administration’s negotiations with North Korea…Their letter comes as Trump is preparing to meet for a second time […]

Read More… from 2/21/2019


ISIS/MIKE POMPEO/STATE/TRUMP PEOPLE: “President Donald Trump said Wednesday [2-20-19] that he had directed the State Department not to allow the return of an Alabama woman who in 2014 joined the Islamic State terrorist group, days after the woman made public pleas to be let back into the U.S..Muthana left Alabama, where she was a student, […]

Read More… from 2/20/2019


EU/MIKE POMPEO/NUCLEAR/RUSSIA/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced Friday [2-1-19] that the US is suspending the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty, a key pact with Russia that has been a centerpiece of European security since the Cold War…The long-expected suspension, which has raised concerns about a renewed arms race with Moscow and put European […]

Read More… from 2/1/2019


MIKE POMPEO/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/VENEZUELA: “The Trump administration ordered all non-emergency U.S. diplomatic staff to leave Venezuela on Thursday [1-24-19] amid that country’s growing political turmoil. The decision marked an about-face for Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who defiantly declared Wednesday [1-23-19] night that he would keep American embassy staff in the country after embattled Venezuelan […]

Read More… from 1/25/2019


MIKE POMPEO/TRUMP PEOPLE/VENEZUELA: “President Donald Trump on Wednesday [1-23-19] formally recognized Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaidó as the legitimate ‘interim president’ of the strife-ridden country, while U.S. officials urged the regime led by Nicolas Maduro to peacefully give up power. A senior Trump administration official warned that ‘all options are on the table’ when it […]

Read More… from 1/23/2019


ECONOMY/MIKE POMPEO/STEVE MNUCHIN/SUMMIT/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/TRUMP PEOPLE: “U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will lead the American delegation to the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, next week, filling in for President Donald Trump, two senior administration officials said. Trump, who attended last year’s Davos event, had planned to go again […]

Read More… from 1/15/2019


MIDDLE EAST/MIKE POMPEO/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “My former boss, Secretary of State George Shultz, used to say that when an administration didn’t have a policy on a certain issue, the temptation always grew to give a speech instead. Judging by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s sweeping Cairo speech on Thursday [1-7-19], clearly that’s not the case […]

Read More… from 1/11/2019


MIDDLE EAST/MIKE POMPEO/OBAMA/TRUMP PEOPLE: “Secretary of State Mike Pompeo delivered a major speech outlining the Trump administration’s Middle East policy on Thursday [1-10-19] that took aim at two of the Trump administration’s main foes: President Barack Obama and the Iranian regime. In lengthy remarks at the American University in Cairo, the US’ top diplomat invoked […]

Read More… from 1/10/2019


MIKE POMPEO/SAUDI ARABIA/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “The rest of Washington may be turning on Donald Trump, but Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is standing by his man. After the president decided earlier this week to pull U.S. troops out Syria, he found himself isolated. Defense Secretary James Mattis resigned in protest. Normally friendly congressional Republicans raged. […]

Read More… from 12/21/2018


MEDIA/MIKE POMPEO/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/TRUMP PEOPLE: “President Donald Trump on Thursday [12-13-18] went on the attack against Mika Brzezinski, after the ‘Morning Joe’ host used a homophobic slur to refer to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. In a duo of tweets, Trump suggested that there was a double standard for conservative pundits, predicting that Brzezinski would […]

Read More… from 12/13/2018


MIKE POMPEO/REX TILLERSON/STATE/TRUMP PEOPLE: “Mike Pompeo is doing a great job, I am very proud of him. His predecessor, Rex Tillerson, didn’t have the mental capacity needed. He was dumb as a rock and I couldn’t get rid of him fast enough. He was lazy as hell. Now it is a whole new ballgame, great […]

Read More… from 12/7/2018


MIKE POMPEO/NUCLEAR/RUSSIA/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced Tuesday [12-4-18] that the US will stop adhering to a decades-old nuclear treaty in 60 days unless Russia returns to compliance with the agreement…Pompeo said Russia’s violations of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty undermine American national security and as such, the US should not be […]

Read More… from 12/4/2018


CABINET/CIA/JAMES MATTIS/MEDIA/MIKE POMPEO/SAUDI ARABIA/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Two senior U.S. Cabinet members urged senators on Wednesday [11-28-18] not to downgrade ties with Saudi Arabia over the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, but lawmakers from both parties said they could not turn a blind eye to reports that the country’s de facto ruler was involved in last […]

Read More… from 11/28/2018


FOREIGN POLICY/MIKE POMPEO/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/TRUMP PEOPLE: “Mary Kissel often took a dim view of President Donald Trump’s foreign policy. As a Wall Street Journal editorial writer, she tweeted about his ‘frightening ignorance,’ criticized his approach on Syria and China, and said Putin ‘scored a great propaganda victory’ at the Helsinki summit in July. And Trump […]

Read More… from 11/27/2018


MIKE POMPEO/NORTH KOREA/SUMMIT/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “The goal of a diplomatic meeting set for Thursday [11-8-18] seemed simple: Nail down a plan for a second summit between President Trump and the North Korean leader, Kim Jong-un. But finalizing the meeting itself — between Mike Pompeo, the secretary of state, and one of Mr. Kim’s top compatriots […]

Read More… from 11/7/2018


MIKE POMPEO/NORTH KOREA/SANCTIONS/SUMMIT/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “President Donald Trump said on Wednesday [11-7-18] he expects to meet with North Korea’s leader Kim Jong Un some time early next year and that an expected meeting between U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and officials from the reclusive Asian nation will be rescheduled. ‘We’re very happy how it’s […]

Read More… from 11/7/2018


ELECTION/MIKE POMPEO/NORTH KOREA/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “North Korea is getting increasingly angry at the US, as talks are deadlocked and tensions between the two countries are on the rise, a source familiar with the discussions told CNN. US and foreign sources close to the talks paint a picture that’s starkly different from the image President Donald […]

Read More… from 11/7/2018


MIKE POMPEO/NGO/STATE/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/UN/WOMEN: “U.S. diplomats may soon be prohibited from using the phrases ‘sexual and reproductive health’ and ‘comprehensive sexuality education’ under a proposal being floated to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, four people familiar with the issue said. The proposal is being pushed by a handful of conservative political appointees at the State […]

Read More… from 10/31/2018


MEDIA/MIKE POMPEO/SAUDI ARABIA/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/TURKEY: “President Donald Trump denied Friday [10-19-18] that his secretary of state was ever provided recordings of the alleged murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, refuting a Friday report by ABC News…ABC News cited a senior Turkish official who told the network that Pompeo heard an audio recording of Khashoggi being […]

Read More… from 10/19/2018


MEDIA/MIKE POMPEO/SAUDI ARABIA/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/TURKEY: “U.S. President Donald Trump said on Tuesday [10-16-18] that Saudi Arabia’s crown prince intends to expand an investigation into missing journalist Jamal Khashoggi and that the prince did not know what happened in the Turkish consulate where Khashoggi apparently disappeared. ‘Just spoke with the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia who […]

Read More… from 10/16/2018


MEDIA/MIKE POMPEO/SAUDI ARABIA/STEVE MNUCHIN/TREASURY/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “President Donald Trump acknowledged Thursday [10-18-18] it ‘certainly looks’ as though missing Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi is dead, and he threatened ‘very severe’ consequences if the Saudis are found to have murdered him. His warning came as the administration toughened its response to a disappearance that has sparked global […]

Read More… from 10/18/2018


MEDIA/MIKE POMPEO/SAUDI ARABIA/STATE/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/TURKEY: “President Donald Trump will meet Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Thursday [10-18-18] as the White House struggles to contain a spiraling crisis over a journalist’s apparent death at a Saudi consulate. Trump stressed Wednesday [10-17-18] that he does not want to abandon Riyadh as it comes under increasing pressure […]

Read More… from 10/18/2018


MEDIA/MIKE POMPEO/SAUDI ARABIA/STATE/TRUMP PEOPLE: “Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s smiling photo op with Saudi Arabia’s crown prince disguised the reality of a blunt, tough meeting in which the top US diplomat told the royal his future as king depends on his handling of Jamal Khashoggi’s suspected murder. A source familiar with Pompeo’s Tuesday [10-16-18] meeting […]

Read More… from 10/17/2018


MEDIA/MIKE POMPEO/SAUDI ARABIA/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/TURKEY: “The Trump administration pushed back on Tuesday [10-16-18] against rising condemnation of Saudi Arabia and showed support for its crown prince, who has been linked to the disappearance and possible murder of a leading dissident journalist inside a Saudi consulate in Turkey. In his strongest language to date over the […]

Read More… from 10/16/2018


MIKE POMPEO/NATIONAL SECURITY/NORTH KOREA/SANCTIONS/SUMMIT/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Thursday [9-27-18] that the world is at ‘the dawn of a new day’ in confronting the threat posed by North Korea’s weapons programs but that sanctions against the country must continue for now. In a speech before the United Nations Security Council, Mr. […]

Read More… from 9/27/2018


CHINA/MIKE POMPEO/NORTH KOREA/RUSSIA/SANCTIONS/STATE/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo warned members of the United Nations Security Council on Thursday that they must ‘set the example’ by enforcing sanctions on North Korea as China and Russia suggested the council consider easing the tough measures. China and Russia said the council should reward Pyongyang for […]

Read More… from 9/27/2018


FOREIGN DIGNITARIES/IRAN/MIKE POMPEO/NATIONAL SECURITY/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/UN: “President Donald Trump’s visit to the United Nations General Assembly in New York this week has been … confused. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo advertised that Trump would like to meet with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, and then Trump claimed (implausibly) to have turned down Rouhani’s request for a […]

Read More… from 9/25/2018


MIKE POMPEO/NIKKI HALEY/TRADE DEALS/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/UN: “President Donald Trump will express a desire for other nations ‘to exert their sovereignty to solve challenges’ and to listen ‘to what America can do to help’ when he addresses the United Nations General Assembly later this week, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Monday [9-24-18]. Pompeo and Ambassador […]

Read More… from 9/24/2018


MIKE POMPEO/NORTH KOREA/SUMMIT/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/UN: “President Donald Trump, arriving at the United Nations on Monday [9-24-18] morning, said he and Kim Jong Un will meet for a second time ‘quite soon’…Diplomacy between the US and North Korea has continued in fits and starts since Trump met with Kim in Singapore in June, with Trump most […]

Read More… from 9/24/2018


DEFENSE/IMMIGRATION/MIKE POMPEO/REFUGEES/STATE/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “It has been strange and unsettling to watch how much effort the Trump team has put into damaging the U.S. government’s own refugee resettlement program, but give them points for effectiveness. On Monday [9-17-18], Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced that the refugee ceiling for the coming fiscal year will be […]

Read More… from 9/18/2018


IMMIGRATION/MIKE POMPEO/REFUGEES/STATE/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “The Trump administration will admit no more than 30,000 refugees to the U.S. in the coming year, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said, down from the current cap of 45,000. Pompeo announced the lowered ceiling during a press conference Monday [9-17-18] at the State Department headquarters in Foggy Bottom. Pompeo said […]

Read More… from 9/17/2018


IMMIGRATION/MIKE POMPEO/REFUGEES/STATE/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “President Trump plans to cap the number of refugees that can be resettled in the United States next year at 30,000, his administration announced on Monday [9-17-18], further cutting an already drastically scaled-back program that offers protection to foreigners fleeing violence and persecution. Mike Pompeo, the secretary of state, announced the […]

Read More… from 9/17/2018


IRAN/JOHN KERRY/MIKE POMPEO/NUCLEAR/TRUMP PEOPLE: “Secretary of State Mike Pompeo blasted his predecessor John Kerry for ‘unseemly and unprecedented’ behavior after Kerry said he had met Iranian officials since leaving office…During interviews to promote his new book, Kerry told an interviewer that he has met with Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif three or four times since […]

Read More… from 9/14/2018


CYBERWAR/MIKE POMPEO/SENATE/STATE/TRUMP PEOPLE: “A bipartisan group of senators called out Secretary of State Mike Pompeo for the State Department’s failure to meet federal law on cybersecurity standards, including basic protocols used by major internet companies. The lawmakers sent a letter to Pompeo on Tuesday [9-11-18] citing a General Services Administration report that found the State […]

Read More… from 9/12/2018


MIKE POMPEO/NORTH KOREA/NUCLEAR/TRUMP PEOPLE: “Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has received a letter from Kim Jong Un to US President Donald Trump, according to a State Department official. The official confirmed what Trump had told reporters earlier Friday [-9-7-18], that a letter was handed over at the Korean DMZ on Thursday [9-6-18] and is now […]

Read More… from 9/7/2018


MIKE POMPEO/NORTH KOREA/NUCLEAR/SOUTH KOREA/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “President Donald Trump on Thursday [9-6-18] thanked North Korean leader Kim Jong Un for his declaration of trust in his U.S. counterpart, vowing to continue cooperation on denuclearization on the Korean Peninsula…Kim’s praise for Trump was conveyed through a South Korean delegation that met with Kim in Pyongyang on […]

Read More… from 9/6/2018


JAMES MATTIS/MEDIA/MIKE PENCE/MIKE POMPEO/TRUMP PEOPLE: “Top aides to Donald Trump scrambled on Thursday [9-6-18] to deny authorship of an anonymous New York Times opinion column that slammed the U.S. president’s leadership style and described ‘a quiet resistance’ to him within his own administration. By early afternoon, eight senior officials had disavowed the piece, including Vice […]

Read More… from 9/6/2018


CHINA/INDIA/MIKE POMPEO/PAKISTAN/TRUMP PEOPLE:“US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will talk tough on terrorism to Pakistan and attempt to strengthen his country’s links with India during what is likely to be a difficult and potentially testing visit to South Asia beginning Wednesday [9-5-18]. The visit comes as the US tilts away from Pakistan, while deepening strategic […]

Read More… from 9/4/2018


IRAN/MIKE POMPEO/MILITARY/RUSSIA/STATE/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “U.S. President Donald Trump on Monday [9-3-18] warned Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and his allies Iran and Russia not to ‘recklessly attack’ Syria’s rebel-held Idlib province, warning that hundreds of thousands of people could be killed…The northern province and surrounding areas are the last major enclave held by insurgents fighting Assad, […]

Read More… from 9/4/2018


IRAN/MIKE POMPEO/MILITARY/RUSSIA/SYRIA/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “President Donald Trump warned Syria and its allies Russia and Iran on Monday [9-3-18] against attacking the last major rebel stronghold of Idlib province in the country’s northwest…Hours after the tweet, Russian planes struck parts of western Idlib, according to an activist media group and Syrian rescue group the White Helmets. […]

Read More… from 9/3/2018


JARED KUSHNER/MIKE POMPEO/PALESTINE/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/UN: “In January this year, the United States said it would withhold $65 million, from an initial installment of $125 million it was expected to hand over to UNRWA at the start of the year. The US said it wanted UNRWA to reform and believed other countries should increase the amounts […]

Read More… from 8/31/2018


DEFENSE/MIKE POMPEO/MILITARY/NORTH KOREA/NUCLEAR/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Defense Secretary Jim Mattis opened the door on Tuesday [8-28-18] to restarting large-scale military exercises on the Korean Peninsula, appearing to contradict President Trump, who had labeled the war games costly and ‘provocative’ two months ago in trying to lower tensions with North Korea. Mr. Mattis insisted that the step […]

Read More… from 8/28/2018


MIKE POMPEO/MILITARY/NORTH KOREA/NUCLEAR/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “North Korean state media criticized the United States over the weekend for ‘extremely provocative and dangerous military moves’ in Pacific waters and warned that the diplomacy forged between the two countries’ leaders during their Singapore summit meeting in June could be in jeopardy. The belligerent articles were the first official […]

Read More… from 8/27/2018


MIKE POMPEO/NORTH KOREA/NUCLEAR/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “President Trump on Friday [8-24-18] abruptly called off a trip to North Korea by his secretary of state, citing a lack of progress in nuclear disarmament talks and acknowledging for the first time that his diplomatic overture to the North Korean leader, Kim Jong-un, had run into trouble. Mr. Trump […]

Read More… from 8/25/2018


CHINA/MIKE POMPEO/NORTH KOREA/NUCLEAR/TRADE DEALS/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “President Donald Trump on Friday [8-24-18] asked Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to cancel an upcoming trip to North Korea, saying on Twitter that the United States has not made ‘sufficient progress’ on nuclear talks with the country in what appeared to be his first admission that the discussions […]

Read More… from 8/24/2018


CHINA/MIKE POMPEO/NORTH KOREA/TRADE DEALS/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “…Secretary Pompeo looks forward to going to North Korea in the near future, most likely after our Trading relationship with China is resolved. In the meantime I would like to send my warmest regards and respect to Chairman Kim. I look forward to seeing him soon!” –Donald Trump, Twitter.com, […]

Read More… from 8//24/2018


MIKE POMPEO/NORTH KOREA/NUCLEAR/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Citing insufficient progress on the issue of denuclearization, President Donald Trump nixed plans for Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to make what would have been his fourth visit to North Korea Friday, canceling next week’s trip just one day after it was announced by Pompeo…Pompeo had said Thursday [8-23-28] newly […]

Read More… from 8/24/2018