Mike Pompeo

Secretary of State

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  • 2010 Wins House seat on a wave of Tea Party support and money from Koch Brothers. (Zerohedge)
  • 10/24/12 Against abortion in cases of rape and incest. (CJOnline)
  • 2013 Against a Republican-backed measure to avert government shutdowns for two years. (WaPo)
  • 2013 Against the federal funding of NPR. (WaPo)
  • 6/11/13 Says on the House floor that Muslim leaders who do not denounce terrorism are “potentially complicit” in the terrorism. (Hill)
  • 6/23/13 Speaks against climate change science. (Salon)(video)
  • Lifetime member of the NRA (Google)
  • 10/2/13 Supports the U.S. government shutdown of 2013 to avoid an “American financial collapse ten years from now.” (Kansas.com)
  • 4/9/14 Against labeling food that contains genetically modified organisms. (Reuters)
  • Supports NSA domestic spying programs, calling them “good and important work.” (Kansas.com)
  • 7/24/14 Opposes closing the CIA prison at Guantanamo Bay. (Guardian)
  • 1/3/16 Advocates the removal of domestic surveillance reforms: “Congress should pass a law re-establishing collection of all metadata, and combining it with publicly available financial and lifestyle information into a comprehensive, searchable database. Legal and bureaucratic impediments to surveillance should be removed.” (WSJ)
  • 2/11/16 Calls for the death of whistleblower Edward Snowden after he receives a fair trial. (WashingtonExaminer)
  • 11/18/16 Criticizes President Obama for shutting down CIA black sites, secret American torture prisons operating on foreign soil. (NYT)

 

As Director of the Central Intelligence Agency:

  • 2/25/17 Identified as the intelligence official who bowed to White House demands to quash a Washington Post story about Russia's connection to Trump's campaign, after the FBI refused to do so. (Dailykos)
  • 4/13/17 Reverses his view of WikiLeaks, now denouncing it and its leader Julian Assange as hostile forces to the U.S. (NYTimes)
  • 1/7/18 Defends Trump's mental abilities in the wake of recent allegations in Michael Wolff's book "Fire and Fury" that Trump is not mentally healthy or competent, and re-acknowledges that Trump loves "killer graphics" in his intelligence briefings. (CNN)
  • 1/31/18 Is reported that two top Russian spy chiefs Sergey Naryshkin (head of the Foreign Intelligence Service SVR)  and Alexander Bortnikov (head of the FSB) visited Washington the week before for "consultations" with top CIA counterparts including Pompeo despite being on a U.S. blacklist. (WaPo)
  • 4/11/18 Is discovered that Pompeo did not disclose in 2017 that he owned a business linked to a Chinese government-owned property. (McClatchy)

 

As Secretary of State

  • 5/13/18 Says that if North Korea gives up their nuclear weapons program, that the U.S. will lift sanctions and "create conditions for real economic prosperity for the North Korean people that will rival that of the South.” (Reuters)
  • 5/21/18 In his first major speech as Secretary of State, promises to "crush" Iran with economic sanctions and military pressure unless it meets twelve unlikely U.S. demands. (CNN)
  • The twelve demands are:
    • Declare to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) a full account of the prior military dimensions of its nuclear programme and permanently and verifiably abandon such work in perpetuity.
    • Stop enrichment and never pursue plutonium reprocessing, including closing its heavy water reactor.
    • Provide the IAEA with unqualified access to all sites throughout the entire country.
    • End its proliferation of ballistic missiles and halt further launching or development of nuclear-capable missile systems.
    • Release all US citizens as well as citizens of US partners and allies.
    • End support to Middle East "terrorist" groups, including Hezbollah, Hamas and Islamic Jihad.
    • Respect the sovereignty of the Iraqi government and permit the disarming, demobilisation and reintegration of Shia militias.
    • End its military support for the Houthi rebels and work towards a peaceful, political settlement in Yemen.
    • Withdraw all forces under Iran's command throughout the entirety of Syria. 
    • End support for the Taliban and other "terrorists" in Afghanistan and the region and cease harbouring senior al-Qaeda leaders.
    • End the Islamic Revolutionary Guard corps-linked Quds Force's support for "terrorists" and "militant" partners around the world.
    • End its threatening behaviour against its neighbours, many of whom are US allies, including its threats to destroy Israel and its firing of missiles at Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, and threats to international shipping and destructive cyberattacks.
  • 7/26/18 Issues a declaration calling for world governments to prioritize religious freedom. (Hill)
  • 9/17/18 Announces that the U.S. will admit no more than 30,000 refugees in the coming fiscal year, the lowest number in decades and a steep cut from the 45,000 allowed in this year. (WaPo)
  • 11/28/18 Fiercely defends Trump's support for Saudi Arabia in light of the brutal murder of Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi in a Turkish embassy, writing in a WSJ op-ed, in part: ""The October murder of Saudi national Jamal Khashoggi in Turkey has heightened the Capitol Hill caterwauling and media pile-on. But degrading U.S.-Saudi ties would be a grave mistake for the national security of the U.S. and its allies." (CNN)
  • 5/7/19 Praises the Arctic's rapidly shrinking levels of sea ice for its economic opportunities, despite continued warnings about the catastrophic effects of climate change. Speaking in Roveniemi, Finland, "The Arctic is at the forefront of opportunity and abundance. It houses 13 percent of the world's undiscovered oil, 30 percent of its undiscovered gas, an abundance of uranium, rare earth minerals, gold, diamonds, and millions of square miles of untapped resources, fisheries galore."(CNN)