Mike Pompeo on Foreign Policy



Taiwan has not been part of China

China calls Taiwan the most sensitive and important issue in its ties with the United States, and has been angered by the Trump administration's stepped up support for the Chinese-claimed yet democratically ruled island. Speaking in a radio interview, Pompeo said: "Taiwan has not been a part of China." "That was recognized with the work that the Reagan administration did to lay out the policies that the United States has adhered to now for three-and-a-half decades," he said.
Source: The Metro on 2020 Trump Administration , Nov 13, 2020

Chinese Communist Party is enmeshed in our society

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo tried to rally the European Union against China during a trip to Czechia, where he proclaimed that "[t]he CCP is already enmeshed in our economies, in our politics, in our societies in ways the Soviet Union never was." Referencing the Chinese Communist Party, rather than "Chinese people" more generally is one effective way to dodge accusations of racial bias. But the point is clear as day: The enemy is already within our ranks and its face is yellow.
Source: Current Affairs magazine on Trump Cabinet , Oct 31, 2020

America First policy may not be popular, but it's worked

As Susan's husband and Nick's dad, Susan and Nick are more safe and their freedoms more secure because President Trump has put his America First vision into action. It may not have made him popular in every foreign capitol, but its worked. Delivering on this duty to keep us safe and our freedoms intact, this president has led bold initiatives in nearly every corner of the world.
Source: Speech at 2020 Republican National Convention , Aug 25, 2020

We exposed aggression of Chinese Communist Party

He's pulled back the curtain on the predatory aggression of the Chinese Communist Party. The president has held China accountable for covering up the China virus and allowing it to spread death and economic destruction in America and around the world. He has ensured that the Chinese Community Party's spies posing as diplomats in America are jailed or sent back to China and he has ended the ridiculously unfair trade arrangement with China that punched a hole in our economy.
Source: Speech at 2020 Republican National Convention , Aug 25, 2020

Against all odds got North Korean leadership to the table

In North Korea, the president lowered the temperature and against all odds got the North Korean leadership to the table. No nuclear tests, no long range missile tests, and Americans held captive in North Korea came home to their families, as did the prec
Source: Speech at 2020 Republican National Convention , Aug 25, 2020

Chinese Communist Party co-opted World Health Organization

"When you have an incident in your country that could potentially lead to a pandemic, you have an obligation to report that and to allow others to come in and help you be transparent about it. The Chinese Communist Party chose differently. They co-opted
Source: CNBC's coverage of 2020 Trump Cabinet , Jul 21, 2020

Benghazi was "worse, in some ways, than Watergate"

For a man acknowledged to be highly intelligent, Mike Pompeo has a long history of talking nonsense. As a greenhorn House member, brought to Congress by the Tea Party wave of 2010, he made his name by pushing conspiracy theories about Hillary Clinton. He claimed, without evidence, that she was complicit in the murder of four Americans at an outpost in Benghazi, Libya, to a degree that was "worse, in some ways, than Watergate."
Source: The Economist newsmagazine on Trump Cabinet , May 16, 2020

America First; treat the world with some skepticism

His articulation of an America First foreign policy that engages with the world consistently but skeptically is a fair stab at making Trumpism coherent. Mr. Pompeo, contrary to the impression he sometimes gives, is a serious grown-up, who has at least grudging respect from many in the foreign-policy establishment. His basic vision, of a confident America working with allies, is pretty standard foreign policy, suggests Leon Panetta, a former Democratic cia director and defense secretary.
Source: The Economist newsmagazine on Trump Cabinet , May 16, 2020

Chinese Communist Party is the central threat of our times

The harshness of the language used and antagonism shown in the war of words between China and the US over the coronavirus outbreak is reminiscent of the Cold War confrontation in the 1950s and 1960s, when Pacific powers were engaged in war in the Korean peninsula and Vietnam. Indeed, the finger-pointing and name-calling has escalated steadily as the pandemic continues to ravage the world.

US President Donald Trump and his top lieutenant, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, have both publicly floated the dramatic theory that the virus originated from a Chinese lab and indicated Washington was seeking damages from Beijing.

Pompeo called the Chinese Communist Party "the central threat of our times". A 57-page leaked memo from the National Republican Senatorial Committee instructs GOP candidates to classify the Chinese Communist Party as "an enemy" of the American people. The implied message from the playbook suggests that Washington is seeking to overthrow communist rule in China.

Source: South China Morning Post on Trump Administration , May 6, 2020

Claims MIT snubbed him due to their China ties

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo lashed out at officials at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology for allegedly refusing to host him so as not to offend Communist China and thus keep their Chinese interests intact. While speaking at the Georgia Institute of Technology, Pompeo accused the Chinese Communist Party of "poisoning" the nation's university system and said U.S. schools were censoring anti-Beijing dissent because they're "hooked on Chinese Communist Party cash."
Source: The New American on Trump Cabinet , May 6, 2020

Prevented G7 statement by insisting on using "Wuhan virus"

Members of the G7--the U.S. and its six closest allies--did meet to write a joint statement. But even that tepid project ended in ludicrous rancor when the American secretary of state, Mike Pompeo, insisted on using the expression "Wuhan virus" and the others gave up in disgust. Not only is the president talking nonsense, not only is America absent, but the nation's top diplomat is a caricature of a tough guy--someone who throws around insults in the absence of any capacity to influence events.
Source: The Atlantic magazine on Trump Cabinet , May 3, 2020

Dangerous agreements like Iran's made us less safe

When I meet with leaders, I'm pretty much just Mike. I live by a code I learned about at West Point: just tell it straight, they prefer it. It's the way President Trump operates as well. I set clear expectations for what it means to be on America's side. I ask our partners to step up on the biggest challenges we face, whether that is countering the Islamic Republic of Iran, countering China, restoring democracy in Venezuela.

Under previous administrations our nations signed dangerous agreements that made Americans less safe like the Iran nuclear deal and the Paris Climate Accord. We had bad trade deals. People said these things couldn't be fixed. But everyone knows this, the point is changing behavior, not signing documents. If there is no compliance or the agreements are flawed, you have to get out of them. They're just ink on paper.

They said pulling away from the Iran nuclear deal will lead to runaway proliferation but it's restored deterrence. It's made our world far safer.

Source: Remarks by the Secretary of State at 2020 CPAC Conference , Feb 28, 2020

No nuclear weapons for Iran; they must be a "normal nation"

We don't want Iran to get a nuclear weapon. The previous administration put them on a pathway that virtually guaranteed that they could get there. So we withdrew from the ridiculous JCPOA and are moving ourselves towards a set of policies which will convince Iran to behave simply like a normal nation.
Source: CBS Face the Nation 2019 interview series , Jun 16, 2019

Investigate Russian interference with U.S. election

Representative Mike Pompeo, the Kansas Republican who is Mr. Trump's nominee for director of the C.I.A., said the agency would pursue information about efforts by Russia to interfere with the American election, including any possible links to the Trump campaign. "I promise I will pursue the facts wherever they take us," he said.

Pompeo signaled that he agreed with the assessment of United States intelligence agencies that Russian President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia tried to promote Trump's candidacy and to undermine the presidential campaign of Hillary Clinton, describing the report that was delivered last week to Trump and President Obama as "sound."

Source: N.Y. Times on 2017 Trump transition Confirmation Hearings , Jan 12, 2017

Withhold UN funding until voluntary and program-specific.

Pompeo signed United Nations Transparency, Accountability, and Reform Act

The Congress makes the following findings:
  1. The US pays billions of dollars into the UN system every year (almost $7.7 billion in 2010), significantly more than any other nation.
  2. The UN system suffers from unacceptably high levels of waste, fraud, and abuse, which seriously impair its ability to fulfill the lofty ideals of its founding.
  3. Amidst the continuing financial, corruption, and sexual abuse scandals of the past several years, American public disapproval of United Nations has reached all-time highs: 62% of Americans believe that the UN is doing a poor job
  4. Significant improvements in UN transparency and accountability are necessary for improving public perceptions of and American support for UN operations.
Source: H.R.2829 11-HR2829 on Aug 30, 2011

Rated -5 by AAI, indicating a anti-Arab anti-Palestine voting record.

Pompeo scores -5 by AAI on Arab-Israeli issues

The Arab American Institute has compiled a Scorecard to catalogue the voting record of the 112th Congress on issues of importance to the Arab American community. For the House, we included 15 items: two bills on the Arab Spring, five bills and one letter on Palestine, two bills on Lebanon, three bills and a letter regarding civil liberties, and two bills on immigration.

  1. H.Res. 88 (+): supporting democratic aspirations in Egypt
  2. H.R. 2643 (+): penalizing the Bahraini government for attacking medical personnel
  3. H.R. 1006 (-): the Jerusalem Embassy and Recognition Act
  4. H.R. 1501 (-): withholding US contributions until the UN retracts accusations of Israeli war crimes.
  5. H.Res. 268 (-): opposing any unilateral declaration of a Palestinian state
  6. H.R. 2457 (-): prohibiting any US government document from referring to "Palestine"
  7. H.R. 2829 (-): defunding the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees. The bill's 141 co-sponsors receive a (-).
  8. 8. (+). Rep. David Price (D-NC) and Rep. Peter Welch (D-VT) issued a letter titled "Support Palestinian Aid and Israel's Security," in which they call upon Congress to continue aid to the Palestinian Authority.
  9. H.R. 2215 (*) "to ensure that United States taxpayer dollars are not used to fund terrorist entities in Lebanon
  10. H.R. 996 (+): to raise awareness of the use of cluster munitions where civilians are present
  11. H.R. 140 (-): the "Birthright Citizenship Act, to eliminate "anchor babies" by changing the 14th Amendment.
  12. H. Res. 283 (+): to counter violence and discrimination against Muslim, Arab, Sikh, and South Asian communities
  13. H.R. 1805 (-): authorizing an extension of the USA PATRIOT Act until 2013, and amending the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA)
  14. H.R. 1842 (+): the DREAM Act to protect undocumented minors pursuing higher education.
  15. H.R. 1932 (-): the Keep our Communities Safe Act for greater power to detain undocumented immigrants.
Source: AAI website 12-AAI-H on May 2, 2012

Oppose Arms Treaty that limits gun trade to Israel & Taiwan.

Pompeo co-sponsored Resolution Against Arms Trade Treaty

RESOLUTION: Expressing the sense of the House of Representatives regarding the conditions for the US becoming a signatory to the UN Arms Trade Treaty, or to any similar agreement on the arms trade.

    Now, therefore, be it Resolved, That it is the sense of the House of Representatives that:
  1. the President should not sign the Arms Trade Treaty, and that, if he transmits the treaty with his signature to the Senate, the Senate should not ratify the Arms Trade Treaty; and
  2. no Federal funds should be appropriated or authorized to implement the Arms Trade Treaty, or any similar agreement.
Source: H.Res.814 12-HRes814 on Nov 16, 2012

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