Via the Miami Herald:
“Colombian newspaper Publimetro earlier this week released a 24-minute audio of Colombia’s Ambassador to the United States Francisco Santos and the country’s Foreign Minister-designate Claudia Blum. The paper said the pair had been recorded last week in a Washington, D.C., café by an unnamed third party.
“The U.S. State Department, which used to be important, is destroyed, it doesn’t exist,” he said. In particular, he said President Donald Trump’s first secretary of state, Rex Tillerson, “salió con un chorro de babas” — a colorful expression that translates literally to “let out a stream of drool,” and which means, roughly, he was all talk and ineffectual.”
The secret recording was reportedly taken during a meeting that took place at a coffee shop close to the Colombian Embassy in Washington, D.C.
They can’t be the only foreign diplomats talking about what’s happening to the State Department, but they might be the only ones caught talking about it openly at a coffee house. In the meantime, Mr. Pompeo, a valued resident of an alternate universe continues to write his Miles with Mike “all is great” update to his “team” in Foggy Bottom. Yay! More smiling photos for the official scrapbook, please!
No no no this can’t be right I was assured that under Mike Pompeo the State Department had recovered its swagger. https://t.co/9WaK2of6Zd
— Daniel W. Drezner (@dandrezner) November 24, 2019
The recording is available here:
Exclusivo: audios de polémica charla entre embajador Francisco Santos y la nueva canciller Claudia Blum https://t.co/gS4pkfX97V
— Diplopundit (@Diplopundit) November 25, 2019