Thank you @USAIDMarkGreen for hosting me at @USAID today. It was great to speak with the USAID team. Your work is saving lives and building partnerships to create a world where foreign aid is no longer needed. #DevJourney #MeetWithMike pic.twitter.com/DdT472CGm4
— Secretary Pompeo (@SecPompeo) November 28, 2018
This is terribly short-sighted by the Trump Admin. It will do little to pressure Palestinian leaders to come to talks, will harm ordinary Palestinians, &most of all, deprive the US of a key tool to promote stability that benefits Israelis and Palestinians. https://t.co/t3ETbiunMf
— Dan Shapiro (@DanielBShapiro) November 25, 2018
USAID said to plan firing over half its employees in West Bank and Gaza https://t.co/Em8qoepCYi
— The Times of Israel (@TimesofIsrael) November 26, 2018
— Robbie Gramer (@RobbieGramer) December 1, 2018
On Wednesday, senior @USAID official Jeanne Pryor toured an east Jerusalem hospital and visited a Palestinian child undergoing dialysis, @lutheranworld says. On Thursday, the US cut all aid to that hospital and others in east Jerusalem, @statedept says. https://t.co/mmzwpxXo62
— Daniel Estrin (@DanielEstrin) September 8, 2018
Excuse me, is this the same department responsible for an updated September 7 guidance regarding the correct use of commas in paper for the Secretary and other agency principals? An update to guidance on the same topic (comma inclusion and omission) issued in June? Who knows? The folks who did the comma guidance … are they the same ones who did the updated department seal? Are there plans for updating all embassy and consulate seals with Embassy of Swagger? How about business cards? Should we roll out new t-shirts and uh, swags?
— Heather Nauert (@statedeptspox) September 11, 2018
Shakespeare was the first to use "swagger." Gen. Patton had his swagger stick. At @statedept, we've got #swagger too. Follow me on Instagram at https://t.co/LNY8d8NgK8 for pics and videos with some @Statedept #swagger. pic.twitter.com/mpSZKfdHst
— Secretary Pompeo (@SecPompeo) September 10, 2018
We really do think they should tone down on that swaggering bit but um … not a trick question, the swagger guy vs. the cold guy?
This bit on Rex Tillerson from Bob Woodward’s book is 😳 pic.twitter.com/psDZHdFqtW
— Nahal Toosi (@nahaltoosi) September 9, 2018
A follow-up to Trump-Putin Summit Fallout: POTUS Entertains Proposal For Russia to Question Ex-US Amb Mike McFaul. The Senate has just passed a 98-0 resolution against making available for Russian questioning current or former diplomats as well as other officials of the United States Government. The White House has now released a statement about Putin’s proposal that the President of the United States purportedly disagreed with but had previously called “an incredible offer.”
See July 19 update below via VOA with Secretary Pompeo saying “It’s not going to happen,” then added that “”President Trump was very clear – we’re not gonna force Americans to go to Russia to be interrogated by the Russians.”
BREAKING: Senate unanimously PASSES (98-0) a resolution expressing opposition to allowing Russia to interview US diplomats and agents, a proposal offered by Putin on Monday and rejected just this afternoon by the White House.
Here's the text of the resolution: pic.twitter.com/oB6aTxnYts
— Frank Thorp V (@frankthorp) July 19, 2018
Adopted, 98-0: S.Res.584, Questioning of US officials by Putin government (Schumer Resolution)
— Senate Cloakroom (@SenateCloakroom) July 19, 2018
98-0. Bipartisanship is not dead yet in the US Senate. Thank you all for your support.
— Michael McFaul (@McFaul) July 19, 2018
The White House cannot let another day pass without unequivocally rejecting Russia’s absurd request to interrogate @McFaul and other officials. Merely entertaining this idea betrays our diplomats, undermines our interests, and hands Putin yet another propaganda victory.
— Madeleine Albright (@madeleine) July 19, 2018
The administration needs to make it unequivocally clear that in a million years this wouldn't be under consideration, period. Full stop. Not something that should require a half second of consultation. Dangerous. https://t.co/5smobXDnkc
— John Kerry (@JohnKerry) July 19, 2018
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) July 19, 2018
For the third consecutive day, another walk back from the White House@PressSec now says @realDonaldTrump disagrees with Putin's proposal to have Russians interview the 12 indicted Russians.
The president had called it "an incredible offer"
Here's the statement just released pic.twitter.com/ifCSoB65a4
— Cecilia Vega (@CeciliaVega) July 19, 2018
The notion that this proposal was made in “sincerity” by President Putin, and that President Trump disagreed with it is actually laughable. Were that true, the Press Secretary could have said immediately that the president pushed back hard against that proposal. This White House must really think we’re all dumb as rocks.
This was a no brainer. Ambassador McFaul, and the other officials that Russia wanted to question may not have been employees of this president, but they were employees and representatives of the United States of America, not of the Democratic Party (despite what this president might think or believe). The fact that this was even offered as a proposal tells us just what Putin think of this President. And the fact this President Trump did not push back and even appeared to consider it is horrifying.
So instead, the Press Secretary announced from the podium that the president “would work with his team” — excuse me, to do what exactly? And now the Press Secretary is saying that while President Trump disagreed with Putin’s proposal, “hopefully President Putin will have the 12 identified Russians come to the United States to prove their innocence or guilt.” That proposal was supposedly in exchange for the questioning of USG individuals. And now all they have left is “hoping” that Putin will go ahead with the proposal anyway?
Holy caramba! No wonder Putin is laughing his head off; he’s playing chess against our White House playing find the shortest toothpick.
— Steve Herman (@W7VOA) July 19, 2018
summit meeting between President Trump and Russian President Putin finally happened today in Helsinki with no American officials in attendance as observers or notetakers, only interpreters. The interpreter for the USG side is Marina Gross.
After a whole morning trapped in the vomitorium, we finally surfaced for air and some coffee. That joint press conference frankly was more bonkers than the SBC show we watched last night. After picking up our jaw from the floor, we saw that the Department of Justice this morning also unsealed a criminal complaint in the District of Columbia charging Maria Butina, a Russian national residing in Washington, D.C. with conspiracy to act as an agent of the Russian Federation within the United States.
I’m still sick to my stomach. We’ll remember this Helsinki moment in the future.
Lavrov, asked how the summit went, responds:
"Fabulous…better than super." https://t.co/Ah7IbiWit0
— Anton Troianovski (@antontroian) July 16, 2018
Trump and Putin entered their one-on-one meeting two hours ago. It was scheduled to last 1.5 hours but is still ongoing,a Finnish official says. There are no other advisers or note-takers in the room, other than two interpreters. pic.twitter.com/ur9YIqKg6A
— Jeff Mason (@jeffmason1) July 16, 2018
Reporter to @POTUS: Just now, President Putin denied having anything to do with the election interference in 2016. Every U.S. intelligence agency has concluded that Russia did. My first question for you sir is, who do you believe? https://t.co/ayZoKGvWxk pic.twitter.com/b5ad79963g
— CBS News (@CBSNews) July 16, 2018
Trump was asked if he would, “with the whole world watching,” denounce what Russia did in 2016 and warn Putin to never do it again.
He did not. pic.twitter.com/j1GDAUGgHz
— VICE News (@vicenews) July 16, 2018
AP's @JonLemire: "Do you, does the Russian government have any compromising material on President Trump or his family?"
— Richard Hine (@richardhine) July 16, 2018
Reporter: Did you want Trump to win the election, and did you direct any officials to help him?
— TicToc by Bloomberg (@tictoc) July 16, 2018
bbc homepage pic.twitter.com/FKoeaPcOAF
— Philip Gourevitch (@PGourevitch) July 16, 2018
"I think it's a good start. A very, very good start for everybody," said Pres Trump of his one-on-one with Pres Putin. US delegation includes @SecPompeo, WH Chief of Staff John Kelly, US Amb to Russia Jon Huntsman, NSC Dir of Russian Affairs Fiona Hill, interpretor Marina Gross. pic.twitter.com/oFqhEaxIjM
— Mark Knoller (@markknoller) July 16, 2018
— Mark Stone (@Stone_SkyNews) July 16, 2018
Former U.S. Ambassador to Russia William J. Burns doesn't mince his words on the Trump/Putin summit: "I think that press conference was the single most embarrassing performance by an American president on the world stage that I've ever seen." https://t.co/tQzciloNCn
— Christiane Amanpour (@camanpour) July 16, 2018
"Never before have I seen an American president consistently, repeatedly, publicly, and shockingly advance the interests of another country over those of his own government and people," writes @JamesFallows: https://t.co/3yVghW9q9K
— TheAtlanticPolitics (@TheAtlPolitics) July 16, 2018
— David Frum (@davidfrum) July 16, 2018
Brushback pitch from DNI Dan Coats saying IC had “been clear in our assessments of Russian meddling in the 2016 election & their ongoing, pervasive efforts to undermine our democracy & we will continue to provide unvarnished & objective intel in support of our national sec.” pic.twitter.com/F5JaLnlpD6
— Jim Sciutto (@jimsciutto) July 16, 2018
President Trump left Washington for the seventh foreign trip of his presidency with stops in Brussels; London; Glasgow (Scotland); and Helsinki. Secretary Pompeo was on a visit to six countries in eight days with Brussels as the last leg of his trip where he joined President Trump in a meeting with NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg.
The Secretary’s swagger update continues telling his State Department employees that they “put a lot of mileage on the plane in a tight window of time. But our teams on the road, at posts, and at home delivered on the mission no matter where we were or what we were doing.”
He also informed employees that our new ambassadors to the Kingdom of Belgium, Ronald Gidwitz, and the European Union, Gordon Sondland “are off to a great start leading their respective missions” and that both are “working closely with our NATO Ambassador Kay Bailey Hutchison.”
Apparently USNATO mission is now in the new NATO headquarters and there was a ribbon cutting ceremony attended by the Secretary, Ambassador Hutchison, and Secretary of Defense Mattis. The Secretary told employees that “In many ways, this building symbolizes a new era for the most successful Alliance in history. Our goal is to strengthen NATO by increasing shared contributions and adapting it to better confront both conventional and unconventional threats.”
After President Trump’s confrontation at NATO which left the Alliance according to the NYT “intact but distracted and shaken”, the Secretary of State apparently chaired a meeting of the Coalition to Defeat ISIS, along with NATO Secretary General Stoltenberg and that he “encouraged greater stabilization assistance to support areas of Syria liberated from ISIS in Coalition-supported operations.”
He ended his report with the following inspiring words: “You showed your swagger on every leg of this trip. Keep working hard, keep delivering on mission, and keep proudly representing the United States of America.”
He forgot to add that you should not forget to keep a brown paper bag handy in case you need to hide from the moon and the sun.
America and the EU are best friends. Whoever says we are foes is spreading fake news.
— Donald Tusk (@eucopresident) July 15, 2018
Trump, in Orwellian spin, brands EU a foe. Our largest trade partner, largest investor in our economy, our ally in climate, human rights+protecting democracy. Most of its members our NATO allies. Trump dividing us from our true friends. https://t.co/w4ZQdlXaBt
— Nicholas Burns (@RNicholasBurns) July 15, 2018
— Matt Wuerker (@wuerker) July 10, 2018
— mike luckovich (@mluckovichajc) July 11, 2018
— The Salt Lake Tribune (@sltrib) July 13, 2018
This week’s cartoon from KAL pic.twitter.com/1KKnmJoC6U
— The Economist (@TheEconomist) July 12, 2018
“Dear America, appreciate your allies. After all, you don't have that many.”
President of the European Council Donald Tusk has this message for President Trump ahead of the NATO summit. pic.twitter.com/XBauUhEwKI
— Channel 4 News (@Channel4News) July 11, 2018
Bilateral Breakfast with NATO Secretary General in Brussels, Belgium… pic.twitter.com/l0EP3lzhCM
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 11, 2018
— CNN Politics (@CNNPolitics) July 14, 2018
And then this — reports that the Pentagon embarked on “damage-control” after President Trump’s departure, and then the Secretary of Defense called that report fiction saying, “That was fascinating. I love reading fiction.”
Hours after Pres. Trump departed NATO HQ Thursday, U.S. military leaders embarked on a full-scale “damage control” operation with calls to their counterparts across Europe to reassure them that America will abide by its defense commitments in the region. https://t.co/8pQOaStgef
— NBC News (@NBCNews) July 13, 2018
Posted: 10:38 pm PT
Confirmed, 57-42: Exec. Cal. #788, Mike Pompeo, of KS, to be Secretary of State.
— Floor Monitor (@senategopfloor) April 26, 2018
Today, Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito swore in Mike Pompeo as America’s 70th Secretary of State in the West Conference Room of the Supreme Court. pic.twitter.com/E8xV03CSKv
— Department of State (@StateDept) April 26, 2018
Mike Pompeo has been sworn in today as the 70th U.S. Secretary of State. pic.twitter.com/hJVQnV27Po
— Heather Nauert (@statedeptspox) April 26, 2018
📸 Newly confirmed Secretary of State Mike Pompeo en route to Brussels for @NATO #ForMin. The Secretary met with @StateDept team & traveling press pool on the plane. Learn more about his first trip as Secretary of State: https://t.co/0KwTw3LZn6 pic.twitter.com/z2xACDDywp
— Department of State (@StateDept) April 27, 2018
AND NOW THIS —
JUST RELEASED: Photos of Secretary of State Pompeo in North Korea. Secretary Pompeo will do an excellent job helping President Trump lead our efforts to denuclearize the Korean Peninsula. pic.twitter.com/pQ0P8hbMTN
— The White House (@WhiteHouse) April 26, 2018
Posted: 3:14 am ET
— Steve Herman (@W7VOA) March 20, 2018
— The Atlantic (@TheAtlantic) March 17, 2018
Mr Pompeo has shown a serial willingness to substitute partisan myth for reality https://t.co/AB2bAOqqPV
— The Economist (@TheEconomist) March 20, 2018
— Bloomberg (@business) March 18, 2018
Susan Pompeo’s role as "first lady of the CIA" draws critics and defenders https://t.co/pxYpAVJCuW
— Washington Post (@washingtonpost) March 19, 2018
Posted: 9:44 am PT
Mike Pompeo, Director of the CIA, will become our new Secretary of State. He will do a fantastic job! Thank you to Rex Tillerson for his service! Gina Haspel will become the new Director of the CIA, and the first woman so chosen. Congratulations to all!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 13, 2018
WASHINGTON (AP) — Officials: White House fires top Tillerson aide who contradicted account of secretary of state's dismissal.
— Matt Lee (@APDiploWriter) March 13, 2018
NEWS, LEAVING WITH TILLERSON –> two sources say White House just recently called Under Secretary Steve Goldstein to tell him he is no longer needed. Goldstein was then called up to Tillerson's office for a meeting. @StateDept
— Kylie Atwood (@kylieatwood) March 13, 2018
Remarkable statement from State Department spokesman on Tillerson firing: pic.twitter.com/iBpLaK1tXw
— Jake Tapper (@jaketapper) March 13, 2018
WH official says chief of staff John Kelly called Tillerson Friday and again on Saturday. Both calls to Tillerson, the official says, warned that Trump was about to take imminent action if he did not step aside. When Tillerson didn't act, Trump fired him.
— Zeke Miller (@ZekeJMiller) March 13, 2018
Trump ousts Rex Tillerson as US secretary of state and replaces him with CIA Director Mike Pompeo. https://t.co/UisOebzrC0
— Twitter Moments (@TwitterMoments) March 13, 2018
— Jordyn Phelps (@JordynPhelps) March 13, 2018
Who is Secretary of State right now?? The White House tells ABC Tillerson is STILL SecState during a transition period. Asked to comment a senior State Dept official said the press office is unaware of that. Sanders said John Sullivan will become acting SoS soon, didnt know when.
— Justin Fishel (@JustinFishelABC) March 13, 2018