“Your previous article has really stirred things up …. a lot of retaliation against who people think might have written you…which is now a large group of suspects…”
Trump calls State the "Deep State Department." Pompeo smirks.
Remember that moment the next time Pompeo asserts he's always standing up for his employees.
— Alex Ward (@AlexWardVox) March 20, 2020
Question: "Was it appropriate for the president to call your department the 'Deep State Department?'"
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo: "I worked for the president for 3 years now, I know how much he values the people that work on my team."
President Trump: "What a good answer." pic.twitter.com/gfWDW7pjUg
— The Hill (@thehill) March 20, 2020
TRUMP: “I’d like for [Pompeo] to go back to the State Department, or, as they call it, the Deep State Department.” pic.twitter.com/7iFBgMHDG2
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) March 20, 2020
— Nicholas Burns (@RNicholasBurns) March 20, 2020
Mike Pompeo just killed irony, again https://t.co/sFXpJtrhXe
— Molly Jong-Fast🏡 (@MollyJongFast) March 20, 2020
"We have a responsibility to tell the public the truth," says Pompeo, after Trump spent weeks playing down this crisis and giving false information in this very press conference.
It is no longer responsible to air these live.
— Jessica Huseman (@JessicaHuseman) March 20, 2020
QUESTION: Okay, let’s turn to the question about rights and press freedom. Last year RFE-RL journalists were physically attacked while doing their jobs, multiple times, and authorities have made no progress to try to find those responsible. Before you departed to this trip you had a confrontational interview with a National Public Radio reporter, and after that trip your department removed another NPR reporter from the press pool. Did you retaliate against NPR? What kind of message does it send to countries like Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, and Belarus, whose governments routinely suppress press freedom?
SECRETARY POMPEO: Yeah, I didn’t have a confrontational interview with an NPR reporter any more than I have confrontational interviews all the time. In America that’s the greatness of our nation: Reporters like yourself get to ask me any question and all questions. We take hundreds and hundreds of questions. We talk openly. We express our view; they ask their questions. That’s how we proceed in America. And with respect to who travels with me, I always bring a big press contingent, but we ask for certain sets of behaviors, and that’s simply telling the truth and being honest. And when they’ll do that, they get to participate, and if they don’t, it’s just not appropriate – frankly, it’s not fair to the rest of the journalists who are participating alongside of them.
QUESTION: But what kind of message will it send?
SECRETARY POMPEO: It sends a message – it’s a perfect message. It’s a perfect message about press freedoms. They’re free to ask questions. There were – there’s a reporter from that very business who was at a press conference just yesterday. It’s wide open in America. I love it. I hope the rest of the world will follow our press freedoms and the great things we do in the United States.
When asked by RFE/RL's Kazakh Service what kind of message an NPR reporter's removal from his pool sends to countries with a poor record when it comes to press freedoms, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo replied, "It is a perfect message about press freedoms." pic.twitter.com/TkpRKhJaY7
— Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (@RFERL) February 2, 2020
Acts of retaliation against the media in retaliation for unflattering coverage have become a stock in trade of this Administration. That's why @PENamerica is suing in protest of these flagrant 1st Amendment violations https://t.co/RUvFsYtOub
— Suzanne Nossel (@SuzanneNossel) January 28, 2020
NPR has sent a letter to the State Department "demanding answers" about its decision to deny an NPR reporter press credentials to travel with Mike Pompeo on an upcoming Europe trip, NPR's CEO John Lansing has announced. More: https://t.co/7VtxIBBsxW
Read the letter here 👇 pic.twitter.com/db90wrGxUI
— NPR (@NPR) January 28, 2020
MLK: Change of subject. Ukraine. Do you owe Ambassador Marie Yovanovitch an apology?
Pompeo: You know, I agreed to come on your show today to talk about Iran. That’s what I intend to do. I know what our Ukraine policy has been now for the three years of this administration. I’m proud of the work we’ve done. This administration delivered the capability for the Ukrainians to defend themselves. President Obama showed up with MREs (meals ready to eat.) We showed up with Javelin missiles. The previous administration did nothing to take down corruption in Ukraine. We’re working hard on that. We’re going to continue to do it.
MLK: I confirmed with your staff [crosstalk] last night that I would talk about Iran and Ukraine.
Pompeo: I just don’t have anything else to say about that this morning.
MLK: I just want to give you another opportunity to answer this, because as you know, people who work for you in your department, people who have resigned from this department under your leadership, saying you should stand up for the diplomats who work here. [crosstalk]
Pompeo: I don’t know who these unnamed sources are you’re referring to. I can tell you this, when I talked to my team here —
NEW: Asked whether he agreed with Pres. Trump's tweet attacking former Amb. Yovanovitch, Pompeo says, "I'll defer to the White House about particular statements and the like. I don't have anything else to say about the Democrats' impeachment proceedings." https://t.co/b0K3IszQn2 pic.twitter.com/uaH9toFTIO
— ABC News Politics (@ABCPolitics) November 18, 2019
Pompeo today: "I always defend State Department employees."
Asked specifically about Yovanovitch and Taylor, he dodged.https://t.co/BGANLNbiRG
— Dave Lawler (@DavidLawler10) November 18, 2019
QUESTION: And do you still have confidence in Ambassador Taylor?
SECRETARY POMPEO: Thanks, everybody. Have a – have a fantastic day. https://t.co/ZJGex6Wlpe
— Nicole Gaouette (@NicoleCNN) November 18, 2019
Fact check: false. https://t.co/Bc1ETe07lF
— Glenn Kessler (@GlennKesslerWP) November 18, 2019
Mike Pompeo: Last in His Class at West Point in Integrity https://t.co/JPH65gzQxG
— Thomas L. Friedman (@tomfriedman) November 18, 2019
Former State official McKinley in sworn testimony says he spoke with Pompeo three times about a public statement for Yovanovitch, including on Sept. 26 when Pompeo offered no response
Pompeo, to ABC in Oct., says he "never heard" McKinley say a "single thing about his concerns" pic.twitter.com/Rq4UR9vVmy
— Manu Raju (@mkraju) November 4, 2019
Amb. McKinley says Sec. of State POMPEO was not responsive when he reached out at least THREE times urging him to defend Amb. Yovanovitch from political attacks.
The third time he spoke with Pompeo was the day he resigned over the matter pic.twitter.com/HkKFvWJ2TO
— Scott Wong (@scottwongDC) November 4, 2019
McKinley testified that he did raise concern about how Yovanovitch was treated with @SecPompeo. Here’s what Pompeo said last month:
POMPEO: Not — not — not once — not once, George, did Ambassador McKinley say something to me during that entire time period. pic.twitter.com/CDqFz9uwPE
— Bianna Golodryga (@biannagolodryga) November 4, 2019
Here are the links to the transcripts:
— Katherine Gypson (@kgyp) November 4, 2019
Pompeo accused Congress of "bullying" State Dept. officials.
But State Dept official George Kent raised concerns that he was being bullied by the State Department, not by Congress, according to McKinley.
His concerns were apparently put in writing. pic.twitter.com/hltOGJ7ULP
— Natasha Bertrand (@NatashaBertrand) November 4, 2019
Yovanovitch said she was told State Department’s legal staff was “bullying” George Kent, another dipomat who later testified. (Worth remembering whenever Pompeo complains about State’s lawyers not being allowed to sit in on the depositions.) P. 202: https://t.co/6DzDH0Hwcy
— Nahal Toosi (@nahaltoosi) November 4, 2019
"We won't tolerate folks on Capitol Hill bullying and intimidating State Department employees"
Pompeo says as he admits being on Trump's July phone call with Ukraine's president pic.twitter.com/rB9PCEDEew
— Bloomberg TicToc (@tictoc) October 2, 2019
Everyone keeps suggesting that somehow there was undue pressure. I assure you countries all around the world every day call me to try and get America to behave in the way that’s in the best interests of their country. They try to apply pressure to me. And we work on it. We work on it diplomatically to achieve good outcomes for the American people. And the results – the results that President Trump has achieved with respect to our relationship with Ukraine I think will stand on their own as a hallmark of success of the State Department and what this administration has done.
Our website has the full News4 one-on-one with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. Follow the link in the story
(Via WSMV) https://t.co/Uf1CBkdz1o
— wsmv Nancy Amons (@WSMVNancyAmons) October 12, 2019
WATCH: Sec. of State Pompeo reacts to @JudyWoodruff's question centered on the absence of proof that Vice President Joe Biden did anything corrupt in his dealings with Ukraine. pic.twitter.com/gfMA80BHAm
— PBS NewsHour (@NewsHour) October 9, 2019
Cabinet secretaries in every administration usually enjoy or tolerate these local TV interviews because they assume they’ll be tossed puffball questions compared to network correspondents. Doesn’t always work out like that as @SecPompeo today realized in #Tennessee. https://t.co/9dx4WYVTQo
— Steve Herman (@W7VOA) October 11, 2019
Setting aside the knock at a reporter doing her job—and one shouldn’t—Pompeo’s answer is ironic.
Pompeo claims he was too busy being tough on Iran to remember if he met in Warsaw with Giuliani, whose client executed the biggest money laundering scheme to Iran in US history. https://t.co/FJrSbIlaAw
— Adam Klasfeld (@KlasfeldReports) October 13, 2019
— Middle East Eye (@MiddleEastEye) October 7, 2019
As I have stated strongly before, and just to reiterate, if Turkey does anything that I, in my great and unmatched wisdom, consider to be off limits, I will totally destroy and obliterate the Economy of Turkey (I’ve done before!). They must, with Europe and others, watch over…
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 7, 2019
Basically the US persuaded the SDF Kurds to dismantle defensive positions that deterred Turkey, promising security guarantees in exchange. Then once the SDF Kurds became defenseless, Trump gave Erdogan the green light to invade. Hard to imagine a more sinister sequence of events. https://t.co/Of9wloQKv1
— Yaroslav Trofimov (@yarotrof) October 7, 2019
Based on our confidence in the #US efforts in the Security Mechanism agreement, we implemented all our commitments to remove military fortifications between Tal Abyad & SereKaniye, withdraw combat forces with heavy weapons, risking a security vacum as a result of the agreement.
— Coordination & Military Ops Center – SDF (@cmoc_sdf) October 7, 2019
— Defense One (@DefenseOne) October 7, 2019
Indeed, US officials signed the SDF up to a “security mechanism” plan by which it removed all defensive barriers on the Syrian side of the border to forestall a Turkish incursion. EUCOM issued this just yesterday. Was Trump ever even briefed on this plan? https://t.co/0SGOfRDvek
— Brett McGurk (@brett_mcgurk) October 7, 2019
The WH statement tonight on Syria after Trump spoke with Erdogan demonstrates a complete lack of understanding of anything happening on the ground. The “United States” is not holding any ISIS detainees. They are all being held by the SDF, which Trump just served up to Turkey. pic.twitter.com/vYr7j0q6mR
— Brett McGurk (@brett_mcgurk) October 7, 2019
I'm old enough to remember when Mike Pompeo was considered a better Secretary of State than Rex Tillerson https://t.co/HiTMZS1CmO
— columlynch (@columlynch) October 6, 2019
Opinion: As the Ukraine story unfolds, @nprscottsimon says Secretary of State Mike Pompeo — a West Point graduate — should remember the academy's honor code:
"A cadet will not lie, cheat, steal, or tolerate those who do." https://t.co/dyg0r0mOl9
— NPR (@NPR) October 5, 2019
Good for the NYT for stating this plainly https://t.co/Wy4juIlVsq
— southpaw (@nycsouthpaw) October 6, 2019
Ukraine texts show how Trump has warped the state departmenthttps://t.co/XaHBWC5lCc
— Julian Borger (@julianborger) October 4, 2019
Ouch, from @dandrezner: "Tillerson was an incompetent secretary of state, but he was a decent human being. Pompeo is a competent lackey for President Trump and a person who has lost any moral compass he might have possessed." https://t.co/3iWqq6mgdg
— Adam B. Kushner (@AdamBKushner) October 4, 2019
The Ukraine scandal exposes the Trump crony Pompeo really is || By: Alex Ward https://t.co/WbHyxq2rte
— SafetyPin-Daily (@SafetyPinDaily) October 4, 2019
Great reporting: "Nearly two dozen officials told TIME that in recent days Pompeo has become increasingly loud and bullying, and appears frequently distracted and impatient during State Department policy meetings." https://t.co/fNeB4XIGUa
— Phil Elliott (@Philip_Elliott) October 4, 2019
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is enabling the destruction of U.S. diplomacy, writes the Editorial Board https://t.co/eWjvAsLCtH
— Washington Post 🎃pinions (@PostOpinions) October 3, 2019
He made a name as an aggressive congressional inquisitor of a secretary of state. Now seven years after the Benghazi attack, the tables have turned for Pompeo, who complains about aggressive congressional inquisitors. @jakesNYT @SangerNYT https://t.co/RDMqKDodI4
— Peter Baker (@peterbakernyt) October 3, 2019
Trump “has not changed just because we are not seeing what he does all day every day,” says a source. “He is there to enrich himself, he is there to fight his personal political battles and I am certain that every single call reflects it” https://t.co/78vuKpRnGA
— VANITY FAIR (@VanityFair) October 4, 2019
Critics inside and outside the State department say Mike Pompeo has done little to protect U.S. diplomats from a virtual war waged on them by President Trump’s administration https://t.co/9N43ny60LY
— POLITICO (@politico) October 1, 2019
Mike Pompeo Pushed Out His Own Ukraine Representative, Kurt Volker, to Quiet a Growing Scandal https://t.co/O5niCkEKOr
— Jon Cooper (@joncoopertweets) October 2, 2019