Mike Pompeo on Free Trade



2009: free trade among nations; 2019: trade war with China

In 2009, Pompeo wrote a guest column in The Wichita Eagle laying out the path forward for Republicans reeling from their loss to Barack Obama. Among the principles Pompeo urged Republicans to adhere to was "free trade among nations," along with limited government and broad political freedoms.

As Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo said the Trump administration is 'determined to fix' the trade wars with China and that the biggest growth opportunity for U.S. agriculture products is in Asia. To Pompeo, there is no contradiction between his own full-throated support of free trade as a congressman and Trump's strategy of imposing tariffs on China and other countries. "Oh my goodness, the president is deeply free trade," he said. "Let's be clear, the trade war with China was started decades ago, and no president was prepared to take it on." He argued that the short-term pain caused by retaliatory tariffs will pay off in the form of better long-term trading deals.

Source: McClatchy news service on 2022 Kansas Senate race , Mar 17, 2019

Steer clear of business with Iran

Obama's administration would like to give companies and banks the green light to financial transactions with the world's largest state sponsor of terrorism, but here's the reality: It can't. Unfortunately, the U.S. government doesn't know the full scope, scale, and reach of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), the military branch charged with enforcing Iran's theocratic rule at home and "exporting the revolution" abroad. The responsible choice? Steer clear of business with Iran.
Source: Pompeo column in Foreign Policy Magazine , Sep 20, 2016

Rated 50% by the USAE, indicating a mixed record on trade.

Pompeo scores 50% by USA*Engage on trade issues

Ratings by USA*Engage indicate support for trade engagement or trade sanctions. The organization's self-description: "USA*Engage is concerned about the proliferation of unilateral foreign policy sanctions at the federal, state and local level. Despite the fact that broad trade-based unilateral sanctions rarely achieve our foreign policy goals, they continue to have political appeal. Unilateral sanctions give the impression that the United States is 'doing something,' while American workers, farmers and businesses absorb the costs."

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Source: USA*Engage 2011-2012 ratings on Congress and politicians 2012-USAE on Dec 31, 2012

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