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    Savannah Rychcik September 4, 2020 0 Comments Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is coming to President Donald Trump’s defense after The Atlantic released a report that alleges he previously called fallen soldiers “losers” and “suckers.” Appearing on Fox News on Friday, Pompeo claimed he was on the same trip as Trump when he was scheduled to visit the Aisne-Marne American Cemetery near Paris in 2018. According to The Atlantic, Trump blamed the weather for the decision to cancel the trip. He also said “the helicopter couldn’t fly” and the Secret Service was not willing to drive him there. Trump reportedly said, “Why should I go to that cemetery? It’s filled with losers.” On the same trip, Trump...
    ISLAMABAD - The Taliban said Tuesday its political chief in a video call with U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has reassured him the Islamist insurgency does not allow anyone to use Afghanistan to plot attacks against other nations.   Pompeo’s contact with Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, head of the Taliban’s political office in Qatar, came as President Donald Trump faces growing pressure from U.S. lawmakers to investigate news reports that Russia had offered bounties to Taliban fighters to kill American soldiers in Afghanistan.   “It is not true. We have already rejected that,” Taliban political spokesman Suhail Shaheen told VOA from the Qatari capital of Doha when asked whether Pompeo raised the issue of alleged Russia-Taliban collaboration.  ...
    Miami — This was said by the Secretary of State of the United States, Mike Pompeo, who explained that the administration of President Donald Trump works with the commitment to maintain economic stability throughout the hemisphere, although he stressed that first you must “achieve a region of freedom” , especially in Venezuela, Nicaragua and Cuba. “Today, only the people of Cuba, Nicaragua and Venezuela are under authoritarian regimes in this hemisphere and we are working to change these isolated cases,” said the senior US official during a telematic intervention at the Washington Conference on the Americas. “Without freedom there is no economic prosperity, there is no social progress and there is no better future for our peoples,” he added....
    ISLAMABAD - The Taliban said Tuesday its political chief in a video call with U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has reassured him the Islamist insurgency does not allow anyone to use Afghanistan to plot attacks against other nations.   Pompeo’s contact with Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, head of the Taliban’s political office in Qatar, came as President Donald Trump faces growing pressure from U.S. lawmakers to investigate news reports that Russia had offered bounties to Taliban fighters to kill American soldiers in Afghanistan.   “It is not true. We have already rejected that,” Taliban political spokesman Suhail Shaheen told VOA from the Qatari capital of Doha when asked whether Pompeo raised the issue of alleged Russia-Taliban collaboration.  ...
    By Abdul Qadir Sediqi KABUL (Reuters) - The head of the Taliban's political office in Doha and U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo held a video conference to discuss the Afghan peace process, the Islamist group said on Tuesday, in a bid to remove hurdles in the path to peace talks. Increasing violence and a contentious prisoner swap between the Afghan government and the Taliban have delayed talks that were to have begun in March between the insurgent group and a team mandated by Kabul. On Twitter, Taliban spokesman Suhail Shaheen said Monday's talks between the official, Mullah Baradar, and Pompeo discussed full implementation of the Doha accord and the withdrawal of foreign troops, as well as the release of...
    U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo spoke out against China’s threat to restrict visas for Americans prior to Beijing increasing its grip on Hong Kong after reportedly passing a security law that critics say undermines the semi-autonomous territory’s judicial independence. FOX BUSINESS: US ENDING SPECIAL TREATMENT OF HONG KONG Beijing passed the national security law that the Hong Kong media says will allow Beijing to crack down on any activity there that authorities deem subversive with secessionist aims. “If China wants to regain the trust of Hong Kongers and the international community, it should honor the promises it made to the Hong Kong people and to the United Kingdom in the U.N.-registered 1984 Sino-British Joint Declaration,” Pompeo’s statement read. VideoThe administration has warned for...
    Reuters June 29, 2020 0 Comments  The United States is ending defense exports to Hong Kong and is considering further restrictions on trade with the territory, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Monday. China recently moved to impose new security legislation that has raised concerns among Hong Kong democracy activists that Beijing is further eroding the extensive autonomy promised when Britain handed the territory back to China in 1997. “The Chinese Communist Party’s decision to eviscerate Hong Kong’s freedoms has forced the Trump administration to re-evaluate its policies toward the territory,” Pompeo said. He said the United States, effective Monday, was ending exports of defense equipment to Hong Kong and will also take steps to end the...
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States is ending defense exports to Hong Kong and is considering further restrictions on trade with the territory, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Monday. China recently moved to impose new security legislation that has raised concerns among Hong Kong democracy activists that Beijing is further eroding the extensive autonomy promised when Britain handed the territory back to China in 1997. "The Chinese Communist Party’s decision to eviscerate Hong Kong’s freedoms has forced the Trump administration to re-evaluate its policies toward the territory," Pompeo said. He said the United States, effective Monday, was ending exports of defense equipment to Hong Kong and will also take steps to end the export of dual-use technologies...
    Washington (CNN)The Trump administration has announced visa restrictions on current and former Chinese officials who it says "were responsible for eviscerating Hong Kong's freedoms," Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said in a statement on Friday."Today, I am announcing visa restrictions on current and former CCP officials who are believed to be responsible for, or complicit in, undermining Hong Kong's high degree of autonomy, as guaranteed in the 1984 Sino-British Joint Declaration, or undermining human rights and fundamental freedoms in Hong Kong. Family members of such persons may also be subject to these restrictions," Pompeo said.Pompeo did not name the Chinese officials and CNN has reached out to the State Department for details. The announcement is the latest administration move against...
    Major telecommunications companies are shifting away from tech giant Huawei as the coronavirus pandemic deepens global suspicion of companies backed by the Chinese Communist Party. “We’ve come through this crucible,” said retired Air Force Gen. Rob Spalding, a senior fellow at the Hudson Institute, while discussing how private companies are changing behavior in light of U.S. government warnings. “It was after a lot of coaxing by the State Department and the National Security Council that have been hammering this.” The combination of public anger and private lobbying has paid dividends for U.S. officials who have struggled previously to persuade allied governments to ban Huawei from their next-generation wireless technology infrastructure. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has conducted a...
    U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has called on the United States and the European Union to cultivate a shared understanding of China in order to create an effective resistance strategy to Beijing’s increasing economic power.   The remarks, made Thursday at an event hosted by the German Marshall Fund, came as Pompeo announced his intent to join EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell in Europe this month for discussions concerning China. Via video link, Pompeo emphasized the bilateral nature of the actions, stating that "this isn't the United States confronting China, this is the world confronting China.”   The EU has previously expressed concern over China’s alleged predatory trade practices and alleged intellectual property theft but has stopped shy of...
    Germany’s failure to fulfill NATO military spending commitments suggests that defense strategists in Berlin don’t take the threat of Russian aggression seriously, according to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. “We do consider Russia to be a serious threat,” Pompeo said Thursday when asked about President Trump’s intention to reduce the number of American forces in Germany. “Spending one percent of your GDP on defense, as Germany does … that doesn't show the resolve that Vladimir Putin needs to see from Germany.” Trump’s announcement caught European leaders and congressional Republicans off guard, but Pompeo maintained that the administration would implement the new policy in “full consultation” with NATO allies. He also touted a plan to have a broader dialogue...
    BRUSSELS (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo played down concerns Thursday that the European Union might refuse to allow Americans into the 27-nation bloc as it considers lifting restrictions on overseas travelers starting next week, due to the spread of the coronavirus in the United States. “It’s a challenge for all of us to decide how and when to open up our economies and our societies. Everybody’s trying to figure that out,” Pompeo said during a videoconference organized by the German Marshall Fund think tank. “We’re working with our European counterparts to get that right.” European nations appear on track to reopen their borders between each other by July 1. Their envoys to Brussels are debating what virus-related...
    Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has ripped China’s policy on lending to African countries in a statement on last week’s China-Africa summit, saying it creates an unsustainable debt burden and hides corruption with its secretiveness. Noting that China is “by far the largest bilateral creditor to African government,” Pompeo said that “most US foreign assistance, by contrast, comes in the form of grants rather than loans, in order to promote transparent, private sector-led economic growth that benefits all parties.” During the summit Chinese President Xi Jinping said that China would continue to work and support countries hardest hit by the coronavirus by providing “interest-free government loans” and by “extending the period of debt suspension” for certain African nations, Fox News...
    BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The United States and the European Union need a shared understanding of China to resist it, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Thursday, calling Beijing a threat and accusing it of robbing European know-how to develop its economy. Pompeo said he had accepted a proposal by EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell to create a formal U.S.-EU dialogue on China and would travel to Europe "in a handful of weeks" to host the first session. "There is a transatlantic awakening to the truth of what's happening," Pompeo told a think-tank event via video link. (Reporting by Robin Emmott, editing by Philip Blenkinsop) Copyright 2020 Thomson Reuters.
    Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said in a press conference on Wednesday that if the U.N. Security Council doesn't agree to extend the arms embargo against Iran, then the U.S. will seek to "snap back" multilateral sanctions on the regime. Pompeo made the remarks ahead of a briefing by U.N. Ambassador Kelly Craft and Special Representative for Iran Brian Hook to the Security Council on why the arms embargo should be extended, citing Iran's behavior since the implementation of the Iranian nuclear deal, including a drone attack on Saudi Arabia in 2019. "Without action, on the 18th of [October], Iran will be able to purchase advanced weapon systems and become the arms dealer of choice for terrorists and rogue regimes all...
    Secretary of State Mike Pompeo criticized China’s economic policies on aiding African nations during the coronavirus, saying they create patterns of “unsustainable debt.” “It’s no secret the PRC is by far the largest bilateral creditor to African governments, creating an unsustainable debt burden,” Pompeo said in a statement Wednesday. During the China-Africa summit last week Chinese President Xi Jinping said that China would continue to work and support countries hardest hit by the coronavirus by providing “interest-free government loans”  and by “extending the period of debt suspension” for certain African nations. STATE DEPARTMENT DESIGNATES 4 MORE CHINESE NEWS OUTLETS AS PROPAGANDA“Most U.S. foreign assistance, by contrast, comes in the form of grants rather than loans, in order to promote transparent, private...
    Savannah Rychcik June 24, 2020 0 Comments Former U.S. national security advisor John Bolton is firing back at President Donald Trump over criticism of his new book. Co-host of “The View” Sunny Hostin asked Bolton how he would respond to criticisms from Trump, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, and former White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders. According to Bolton, he was not surprised by the reactions his book has garnered. Bolton’s book “The Room Where It Happened” allegedly documents information that could be damaging to the president. “With respect to the criticisms, I assumed they were coming. I believe that the president would respond the way he did,” Bolton said. He added, “I think this response and many other things he said...
    President Trump will force all nations to renew the sanctions lifted in the 2015 Iran nuclear deal if global leaders refuse to extend an expiring arms embargo on the regime, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo warned. “I would remind the world that the Obama administration’s officials said very clearly that the United States has the unilateral ability to snap back sanctions into place,” Pompeo told reporters Wednesday. That legal argument irritates allied governments, given that Trump withdrew the U.S. from the nuclear deal in 2018. Pompeo underscored that option as U.S. officials attempt to convince Western allies, as well as Russia and China, to back a United Nations Security Council resolution that would extend an arms sale ban...
    American Foreign Minister Mike Pompeo said Wednesday he hoped for a solution “in the coming weeks” to reopen the border between the United States and Europe, which had been closed since mid-March due to the coronavirus, but was make a specific commitment. “I am confident that in the coming weeks we will find a solution,” he said at a press conference in Washington. “We are working with countries around the world, including our friends in Europe and the European Union itself, to determine how we can safely authorize international travel again,” he added, adding that ‘It was “important for the United States that the Europeans could return”, and vice versa. “We are working to find the right way...
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States is hopeful the entire world will understand the need to extend a U.N. arms embargo on Iran and said Washington was willing to talk to Tehran when the time was right, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Wednesday. "I am hopeful that the whole world will accept the proposition that this arms embargo needs to be extended," Pompeo told reporters. "I think all but a couple of nations understand that this should not expire and there is going to be a discussion about how it is that we extend it." (Reporting By Humeyra Pamuk, Arshad Mohammed and David Brunnstrom; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama) Copyright 2020 Thomson Reuters.
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Wednesday that it is up to Israel to make its own decisions on whether to annex parts of the occupied West Bank, as Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has vowed to do. Speaking to reporters, Pompeo said extending Israeli sovereignty was a decision "for Israelis to make." With Netanyahu's July 1 deadline approaching, aides to U.S. President Donald Trump began discussions on Tuesday on whether to give Netanyahu the green light for annexation, which has drawn condemnation from the Palestinians and U.S. Arab allies. (Reporting by Humeyra Pamuk, Matt Spetalnick, Arshad Mohammed, David Brunnstrom; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama) Copyright 2020 Thomson Reuters.
    Former national security adviser John Bolton fired back at Mike Pompeo on Tuesday, saying the Secretary of State only sticks with President Trump to protect his “political future.” “I think his political future is very much tied to the Trump administration and I can understand what he’s doing,” Bolton charged in a Fox News interview. Bolton separately told “CBS Evening News” on Tuesday that he “felt sorry for” Pompeo. The secretary of state “made a decision, which is certainly his to make, to tie his political future to Donald Trump. I think that’s what he continues to do. I feel sorry for him for doing that,” Bolton said. Pompeo, who is interested in running for president himself one day,...
    Secretary of State Mike Pompeo zeroed in on John Bolton’s credibility in recent interviews, describing the former national security adviser as someone who was routinely shut out of White House meetings because he leaked, lied or stretched the truth about what was discussed. “I haven’t read the book in its entirety, but the excerpts I’ve seen, there’s lots of falsehoods, there’s lot of lies contained there,” Pompeo said in an interview Monday with Fox News’ Sean Hannity. “The president and others, myself included, had to cut him out of meetings because he was leaking or he’d twist things or he’d lie,” he said. “It was a really difficult situation where John Bolton thought he was more important than the president...
    Secretary of State Mike Pompeo zeroed in on John Bolton’s credibility in recent interviews, describing the former national security adviser as someone who was routinely shut out of White House meetings because he leaked, lied or stretched the truth about what was discussed. “I haven’t read the book in its entirety, but the excerpts I’ve seen, there’s lots of falsehoods, there’s lot of lies contained there,” Pompeo said in an interview Monday with Fox News’ Sean Hannity. “The president and others, myself included, had to cut him out of meetings because he was leaking or he’d twist things or he’d lie,” he said. “It was a really difficult situation where John Bolton thought he was more important than the president...
    Bradley Cortright June 23, 2020 0 Comments Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says former National Security Advisor John Bolton is a “traitor.” Those were not the only strong words he had for Bolton. In an interview on Fox News on Monday, Pompeo said Bolton had a haughty view of himself and compared Bolton to Edward Snowden — who leaked classified information about the National Security Agency’s surveillance operations in 2013. “It was a really difficult situation where John Bolton thought he was more important than the President of the United States and the American people,” Pompeo said. He also claimed that Bolton was “cut out of” meetings because he was “leaking or he’d twist things, or he’d lie.”Watch the video below: Bolton’s book “The Room...
    Hong Kong (CNN)The United States has spoken out forcefully against China's prosecution of two Canadian men for spying. In a statement Monday, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Washington was "extremely concerned" about the decision to file espionage charges against Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor, who have been detained in China since 2018. "These charges are politically motivated and completely groundless," Pompeo said. "The United States stands with Canada in calling on Beijing for the immediate release of the two men and rejects the use of these unjustified detentions to coerce Canada."Kovrig and Spavor were detained in the weeks following the arrest in Vancouver of Meng Wanzhou, chief financial officer of the Chinese technology company Huawei in late 2018, on...
    Secretary of State Mike Pompeo claimed on "Hannity" Monday that former National Security Adviser John Bolton was left out of meetings "because he was leaking or he would twist things or he'd lie." Pompeo went on to describe Bolton's forthcoming memoir of his time in the Trump administration as "both said and dangerous," comparing him to controversial National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden. "The president and others, myself included, had to cut him out of meetings," Pompeo said of Bolton, adding that based on what he's seen of the book, "there's lots of falsehoods, there's lots of lies contained in there." Video"It was a really difficult situation where John Bolton thought he was more important than the president of the United States and the American people," the...
    Secretary of State Mike Pompeo compared John Bolton to Edward Snowden in railing against information contained in his book on Sean Hannity’s show Monday night. Hannity said he knows for a fact Bolton is a liar and brought up past comments from him praising President Donald Trump. “It’s both sad and dangerous,” Pompeo said. He said there are lots of lies and falsehoods contained in Bolton’s book, claiming, “The president and others, myself included, had to cut him out of meetings because he was leaking or he’d twist things or he’d lie.” “It was a really difficult situation where John Bolton thought he was more important than the President of the United States and the American people,” Pompeo continued....
    U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is urging the immediate release of two Canadians detained by China on allegations of espionage.  In a statement released Monday, Pompeo said the United States was “extremely concerned” about their safety.  "These charges are politically motivated and completely groundless," said Pompeo.  Full U.S. statement on #MichaelKovrig and #MichaelSpavor by @SecPompeo. pic.twitter.com/lDoxohIuGx— VOA Nike Ching 张蓉湘 (@rongxiang) June 22, 2020 Former diplomat Michael Kovrig and businessman Michael Spavor were arrested in late 2018. China announced the espionage charges against them on Friday.  FILE - People hold signs calling for China to release Canadian detainees Michael Spavor and Michael Kovrig during an extradition hearing for Huawei Technologies Chief Financial Officer Meng Wanzhou in Vancouver, Canada.The...
    The United Nations received some strong criticism from U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo over a resolution passed by the organization’s controversial Human Rights Council targeted the United States. The HRC’s resolution criticized America’s alleged problem with policing and race, Fox News reported, even though the council itself ignores egregious human rights abuses from some of the countries that sit on the council. “The United Nations Human Rights Council, now comprised of Venezuela and recently, Cuba and China, has long been and remains a haven for dictators and democracies that indulge them,” Pompeo said in a statement, Fox reported. “It is a grave disappointment to those genuinely seeking to advance human dignity. Even so, the Council’s decision to vote yesterday...
    Secretary of State Mike Pompeo warned Friday that China is behind a "fear in Europe" as Beijing aggressively continues to spread its influence across the world through economic initiatives and cyber disinformation campaigns that are forcing Europeans to choose between China and the United States. "But that’s simply not the case," Pompeo said during a virtual conference at the 2020 Copenhagen Democracy Summit being hosted in Denmark. "It’s the Chinese Communist Party that’s forcing this choice. The choice isn’t between the United States; it’s between freedom and tyranny." Pompeo noted China's growing influence in Hong Kong that has sparked months of anti-government protests, its persecution of Chinese Muslims, escalations with India amid cross-border disputes and its aggression in the South China Sea. POMPEO HITS BACK AGAINST CHINA'S 'OBSCENE...
    COPENHAGEN – U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Friday that China is behind a “fear in Europe” that Europeans should choose between the United States and China by “pushing disinformation and malicious cyber campaigns ... to drive a wedge between the U.S. and Europe.” “It’s the Chinese Communist Party that’s forcing the choice,” Pompeo said during an online conference on democracy held in Copenhagen, Denmark. Pompeo who earlier this week met with a senior Chinese official in Hawaii where he held closed-door talks as relations between the two nations have plummeted over numerous disputes, said “Europe faces a China challenge” as does the rest of the world. Washington and Beijing are at odds over trade, China’s handling...
    Washington (CNN)Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Friday condemned China's "brutal campaign of repression" against the country's Uyghur Muslim population just days after John Bolton claimed President Donald Trump gave his blessing to that very campaign.In remarks to the virtual Copenhagen Democracy Summit, Pompeo said this treatment, "green lighted" by Chinese President Xi Jinping, was "a human-rights violation on a scale we have not seen since World War II."The top US diplomat has repeatedly decried Beijing's human rights abuses in Xinjiang, previously calling them "the stain of the century."Whats been happening in Chinas Xinjiang, home to 11 million Uyghurs?According to the US State Department, the Chinese government has detained "more than one million Uyghurs, ethnic Kazakhs, Kyrgyz, and members of...
    Reuters June 19, 2020 0 Comments U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Thursday branded as “a traitor” former White House national security adviser John Bolton, who has accused President Donald Trump in a book of sweeping misdeeds and said he is not fit for office. “It is both sad and dangerous that John Bolton’s final public role is that of a traitor who damaged America by violating his sacred trust with its people,” Pompeo, the latest in a series of Trump allies to condemn Bolton, said in a statement. (Reporting by Mohammad Zargham and Arshad Mohammed; Editing by Sandra Maler)
    Secretary of State Mike Pompeo dove into the controversy surrounding former national security adviser John Bolton’s new book, “The Room Where it Happened,” Thursday – declaring “I Was in the Room Too.” “It is both sad and dangerous that John Bolton’s final public role is that of a traitor who damaged America by violating his sacred trust with its people,” Pompeo said in a statement. The country’s top diplomat said he hadn’t read the book, which is scheduled for release on June 23. DOJ SUES JOHN BOLTON IN FEDERAL COURT TO BLOCK PUBLICATION OF UPCOMING BOOK “But from the excerpts I’ve seen published, John Bolton is spreading a number of lies, fully-spun half-truths, and outright falsehoods,” Pompeo said. The statement...
    WASHINGTON – A senior State Department official said Thursday that the United States was disappointed by China’s attitude at a meeting between Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and a top Chinese diplomat in Hawaii this week. Assistant Secretary of State for East Asia and Pacific Affairs David Stilwell said the Chinese were not “really forthcoming” during Pompeo's closed-door talks on Wednesday with Yang Jiechi, the Chinese Communist Party's top foreign affairs official. The meeting was held at Honolulu's Hickam Air Force Base and coverage of it other than from official statements was not possible. Although he said the Chinese had made a “very clear commitment” to following through on the first phase of a trade agreement reached with the Trump...
    Secretary of State Mike Pompeo held a face-to-face meeting with his Chinese counterpart in Hawaii, where the two diplomats pledged to be more open as tensions have risen between Washington and Beijing over the coronavirus pandemic and China’s heavy-handed approach to Hong Kong protesters. Pompeo held the in-person high-level talks with Yang Jiechi, their first since last August, at Hickham Air Force Base in Hawaii on Wednesday. The secretary of state stressed “the need for fully-reciprocal dealings between the two nations,” State Department spokeswoman Morgan Ortagus said in a statement. “He also stressed the need for full transparency and information sharing to combat the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and prevent future outbreaks.” Yang pressed Pompeo to respect China’s positions on...
    Secretary of State Mike Pompeo mocked President Trump behind his back and Attorney General Bill Barr shared his concerns, according to the blockbuster book by former National Security Advisor John Bolton.  On Wednesday, both The New York Times and The Washington Post obtained copies of the tome, 'The Room Where It Happened: A White House Memoir,' which the Trump administration had tried to block from bookstores with a week to go before its release, filing a Tuesday lawsuit.  The book largely characterizes Trump's staff as knowing better than the president and talking behind his back, like the time Bolton was passed a note by Pompeo amid the June 2018 Singapore summit with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un.   'He is...
    Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Monday said the U.S. is "outraged" over Russia's conviction of American Paul Whelan on spying charges, slamming the trial that led to a conviction and a 16-year prison sentence as illegitimate. Both Whelan and his family have said that he is innocent, and was in Russia at the time of his arrest to attend the wedding of a friend from his time in the Marines. The United States has for months raised concerns about the lack of due process for Whelan and his deteriorating health in Russian custody, and Pompeo personally demanded Whelan's release in a May 30 tweet. He did so again Monday. "Outraged by the decision today to convict Paul Whelan on the...
    U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is planning to travel to Hawaii to meet with Chinese government officials, Politico reported on Friday, citing two unnamed sources. Pompeo, who has been vocal in criticizing China on a range of issues from the origins of the coronavirus pandemic to its Hong Kong policy to the treatment of its ethnic and religious minorities, was planning the trip “quietly” and the arrangements were not finalized, Politico said. The U.S. State Department and the Chinese embassy in Washington did not immediately respond to requests for comment. Relations between the world’s two biggest economies have deteriorated in recent months, and U.S. President Donald Trump has said he could even sever relations. Pompeo said last month that...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and his top deputy are rejecting allegations that the State Department’s independent watchdog was fired for investigating alleged impropriety by Pompeo and his wife. In separate letters sent to Congress late Thursday, Pompeo and Deputy Secretary of State Stephen Biegun denied suggestions that Pompeo was aware of any such probe by ousted inspector general Steve Linick or his office. Pompeo also denied that Linick was removed for no cause, accusing him of “strange and erratic behavior” and failing to do his job over many months. Pompeo also said Under Secretary of State for Management Brian Bulatao is willing to testify to the House Foreign Affairs Committee about the circumstances of Linick’s...
    Former State Department Inspector General Steve Linick on Wednesday told lawmakers that he does not know what happened to any of the five probes which he had been conducting into Secretary of State Mike Pompeo at the time of his firing last month — three more than were previously known. According to a transcript of hearings with multiple congressional committees released Wednesday, one of the new investigations may possibly involve violence in the workplace. “Was there a third investigation or review that your office was conducting related to workplace violence?” Rep. Ted Lieu, D-Calif., asked. “I’m not going to comment on that at this time,” Linick responded. “I can’t comment on that.” “Were there other investigations or reviews that your office was conducting that...
    Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Defense Secretary Mark Esper, and Attorney General Willian Barr, on the heels of an executive order from President Trump, announced Thursday that the U.S. will authorize economic sanctions against members of the International Criminal Court who improperly target U.S. officials and American allies. The order follows a recent ICC decision to allow an investigation into U.S. personnel in Afghanistan for alleged war crimes. INTERNATIONAL CRIMINAL COURT GIVES GREEN LIGHT TO INVESTIGATE US FOR ALLEGED WAR CRIMES IN AFGHANISTAN “We cannot and will not stand by as our people are threatened by a kangaroo court,” Pompeo said. At the time that investigation was announced, Pompeo said the court was under the influence of "misinformation" and accused them of...
    Former State Department Inspector General Steve Linick told Congress that he was “shocked” to find out President Trump decided to remove him from his post last month and that senior officials in the State Department had consistently told him they were satisfied with the office’s work. “I can tell you … that I've been given no valid reason that would justify my removal,” Linick said, according to his interview transcripts released by multiple congressional committees Capitol Hill Wednesday. “I had a number of other contacts within the department, senior level, who always commented that we treated people fairly, that we were a productive office, and that we were doing a great job.” Linick was fired in May by President Trump...
    Secretary of State Mike Pompeo lashed out at British bank HSBC for backing the Chinese Communist Party’s efforts to crack down on Hong Kong’s autonomy. In a Tuesday statement, Pompeo slammed HSBC Asia-Pacific executive Peter Wong’s decision to sign a petition in support of Beijing’s law imposing security restrictions on Hong Kong. The Trump administration moved to end preferential treatment for the territory in response to the measure, a decision Hong Kong officials criticized. “That show of fealty seems to have earned HSBC little respect in Beijing, which continues to use the bank’s business in China as political leverage against London,” Pompeo said. Pompeo said China has reportedly threatened to “punish” HSBC and break commitments to build nuclear power plants...
    Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Wednesday that the State Department will investigate complaints about foreign journalists being abused by US authorities during protests against the killing of George Floyd by Minnesota police. Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison requested an investigation last week after US Park Police officers grabbed a camera from, punched and whacked with a baton two journalists for Australia’s Channel 7 as they cleared an intersection near the White House of demonstrators. “I know there have been concerns from some countries of their reporters having been treated inappropriately here — we’ve seen some of those allegations come in to the State Department. You should know, those countries should know we will handle them in a completely appropriate...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The independent State Department watchdog fired by President Donald Trump says top department officials tried to bully him and dissuade his office from conducting a review of a multibillion-dollar arms sale to Saudi Arabia. Former Inspector General Steve Linick told Congress last week that two senior officials sought to block an inquiry into the arms deal, according to a transcript of the interview made public Wednesday by Democrats leading an investigation into his dismissal. Linick, who had been inspector general since 2013, also said he was looking into previously reported allegations that Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and his wife may have misused government staff to run personal errands and several other matters. Trump abruptly fired him...
    Washington (CNN)As protests against racial injustice engulf America and spread globally, State Department officials have suggested Secretary of State Mike Pompeo address his workforce on the issue that, in many ways, directly impacts their work. So far, he has declined to do so, explained sources familiar with the suggestion.Pompeo has been largely silent on the matter -- leaving US diplomats at home and overseas feeling abandoned as they face questions about the unrest from their counterparts around the world. Some are fearful that the nation's top diplomat is putting his personal political interests and his relationship with President Donald Trump ahead of his department's need for guidance and leadership.Is the US still the worlds moral leader? Not after what Trump...
    Washington — The State Department's inspector general who was recently fired by President Trump told lawmakers that senior department officials knew his office was examining two matters involving Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's conduct at the time of his removal, Democrats revealed Wednesday. Steve Linick, who was terminated last month, participated in a closed-door interview with members of the House Foreign Affairs and Oversight and Reform Committees, as well as the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, to answer questions on his firing. According to Democratic leaders present for the interview, Linick "confirmed that at the time he was removed as IG, his office was looking into two matters that directly touched on Secretary Pompeo's conduct and that senior State Department officials...
    Secretary of State Mike Pompeo declared the Chinese Communist Party's recent actions show that its officials are actively seeking to harm the U.S. and its Western allies, but expressed optimism that the Trump administration and Europe are up to the task of countering them. Pompeo told Fox News' "Sunday Morning Futures" that President Trump is ready to respond to China's aggression, which he said has ramped up over time. POMPEO OFFICIALLY DECLARES HONG KONG 'NO LONGER AUTONOMOUS,' SLAMS CHINA INTERVENTION "So it's a different Chinese Communist Party today than it was 10 years ago," Pompeo said. "And I think the remarks that President Trump gave on Friday of this past week reflect that this is a Chinese Communist Party that has...
    Secretary of State Mike Pompeo ratcheted the Trump administration’s criticism of China to new heights Sunday, asserting the Chinese Communist Party has become “much more aggressive” over the past decade in attempts to undermine America on the world stage. “This is a Chinese Communist Party that has come to view itself as intent upon the destruction of Western ideas, Western democracies [and] Western values,” Mr. Pompeo said in an interview with Fox News’ “Sunday Morning Futures.” “It puts Americans at risk,” the secretary of state said, asserting that the list of actions taken by the government in Beijing is “long, whether it’s stealing American intellectual property, destroying hundreds and millions of jobs here in the United States, or their efforts...