Archiv: Pompeo


28.10.2021 - 17:01 [ Juan Passarelli / Twitter ]

Summers is arguing that @mikepompeo ’s decision to categorize @wikileaks as a Foreign Non-State Intelligence Agency has legal implications as it allows the @CIA to direct actions against WL and #Assange without congressional oversight.

21.08.2021 - 13:35 [ New York Times ]

Pompeo Delivers R.N.C. Speech From Israel, With Eye Toward 2024

(25.08.2020)

No sitting secretary of state had previously addressed a national political convention in at least 75 years.

21.08.2021 - 13:08 [ Amee Vanderpool / Twitter ]

Here is Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, meeting with Mullah Abdul Ghanu Baradar – the co-founder of the Taliban who has taken over Kabul – on November 21, 2020, after the Trump administration helped to secure his release from prison.

21.08.2021 - 13:05 [ Fox News ]

Pompeo: Biden ‚has refused‘ to show leadership during Afghanistan ‚debacle‘

„I didn’t hear a single thing that would give comfort to the very allies you spoke about. I’ve heard from people in the region. They are frightened by the American collapse—the American collapse of temerity and strength and power that we demonstrated for four years that had frankly kept the Taliban at bay and prevented precisely what you’re precisely seeing happen today, and I didn’t hear a single thing that would frighten a single Taliban who thinks there’s any risk that this administration would impose any cost on them for their activities, for what they are doing to Americans today and holding them hostage—not permitting them to get into the airport in Kabul so that we can get them home to their families. „

19.07.2021 - 16:56 [ i24news.tv ]

Report: Netanyahu urged lame-duck Trump to strike Iran

General Mark Milley, the chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff, emerges in the report as a figure committed to procedural order and concerned by the possibility of erratic decisions by the firebrand lame-duck president; referring to the proposed strike against Iran’s nuclear sites, he told Trump that “if you do this, you’re gonna have a f*cking war.“

He was eventually successful in blocking the plans of Pense, Pompeo and Netanyahu.

19.07.2021 - 16:55 [ Washington Post ]

Joint Chiefs chairman feared potential ‘Reichstag moment’ aimed at keeping Trump in power

(14.07.2021)

Portions of the book related to Milley — first reported Wednesday night by CNN ahead of the book’s July 20 release — offer a remarkable window into the thinking of America’s highest-ranking military officer, who saw himself as one of the last empowered defenders of democracy during some of the darkest days in the country’s recent history.

The episodes in the book are based on interviews with more than 140 people, including senior Trump administration officials, friends and advisers, Leonnig and Rucker write in an author’s note.

19.07.2021 - 16:49 [ New Yorker ]

“You’re Gonna Have a Fucking War”: Mark Milley’s Fight to Stop Trump from Striking Iran

(15.07.2021)

It was not public at the time, but Milley believed that the nation had come close—“very close”—to conflict with the Islamic Republic. This dangerous post-election period, Milley said, was all because of Trump’s “Hitler”-like embrace of the “Big Lie” that the election had been stolen from him; Milley feared it was Trump’s “Reichstag moment,” in which, like Adolf Hitler in 1933, he would manufacture a crisis in order to swoop in and rescue the nation from it.

12.01.2021 - 22:09 [ DailyBeast.com ]

Pompeo Cancels Europe Trip After EU Officials Too ‘Embarrassed’ to Meet With Him: Report

A source told Reuters that the U.S. allies were “embarrassed” by Pompeo’s support for President Trump after he incited a violent riot at the Capitol last week. Luxembourg politician and NATO ally Jean Asselborn, whom Pompeo had attempted to schedule a meeting with on the trip, called President Trump a “criminal” during a radio appearance the day after the Capitol riot.

12.01.2021 - 22:05 [ Cindy Saine / Twitter ]

The @StateDept has now announced @SecPompeo ’s trip to #Brussels and @NATO headquarters has been cancelled – saying: „we are cancelling all planned travel this week, including the Secretary’s trip to Europe“:

12.01.2021 - 21:07 [ Max Blumenthal / Twitter ]

“My first thought was that the Iranians had followed through on their threat to strike the Capitol” -an actual US senator

12.01.2021 - 20:50 [ Haaretz ]

Pompeo Says Al-Qaida Has New Base in Iran, Gives No Hard Evidence

With just eight days left in office for President Donald Trump, Pompeo alleged that Iran has given safe haven to Al-Qaida leaders and support for the group, despite some skepticism within the intelligence community and Congress.

On Monday, Pompeo was seen meeting with Mossad Chief Yossi Cohen, according to Politico’s White House Correspondant Meredith McGraw.

12.01.2021 - 20:28 [ Assal Rad / Twitter ]

Pompeo was complicit in inciting violent attacks on the #Capitol. Now with days left of an illegitimate administration, he’s meeting with the Mossad & tomorrow he wants to give a speech on his number one obsession: #Iran. I’m sure he’s only planning good things.

19.12.2020 - 21:22 [ CNBC ]

Trump contradicts Pompeo, plays down alleged Russian role in cyberattack

Trump’s comments in the form of Twitter posts on Saturday went against comments his secretary of state made less than 24 hours earlier.
SolarWinds, the company at the center of the attack, has not yet blamed any one country.

19.12.2020 - 11:52 [ ORF.at ]

Pompeo macht Moskau für Cyberangriff verantwortlich

Der Angriff weitet sich stetig aus. Nicht nur werden immer mehr Betroffene bekannt, darunter die US-Atombehörde und der Softwarehersteller Microsoft, es wurde zudem offenbar weitere Software für die laut US-Behörden sehr ausgefeilten Angriffe manipuliert.

23.11.2020 - 12:20 [ Haaretz ]

Netanyahu Secretly Flew to Saudi Arabia, Met MBS and Pompeo, Israeli Sources Say

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu flew to Saudi Arabia and met Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Israeli sources said Monday.

Mossad chief Yossi Cohen also attended the meeting, which took place in the city of Neom, according to the sources.

20.11.2020 - 19:45 [ Haaretz ]

The Last Days of Pompeo

Mike Pompeo chose to end his term as secretary of state with a tour of solidarity with Israel’s extreme right, while spitting on decades of pre-Trump U.S. foreign policy, on the norms of international law and on justice. On Wednesday he came across more like an extremist leader of the Yesha Council of settlements than as the foreign minister of the superpower. It’s a good thing that this will presumably be his last official visit. It’s a good thing that he will soon leave office.

16.11.2020 - 21:01 [ France24 ]

Macron walks diplomatic tightrope while hosting Trump ally Pompeo

Le Drian said Friday that he would raise the concerns of France – which has been hit by a number of jihadist attacks – over Trump’s plans to speed up the withdrawal of US troops from Iraq and Afghanistan.

14.11.2020 - 19:17 [ France24 ]

Pompeo arrives in France at start of awkward Europe and Middle East tour

In an arrival tweet posted Saturday, Pompeo highlighted the “shared values: democracy, freedom, and rule of law” between the US and France. “The strong relationship between our countries cannot be overestimated, and I’m looking forward to my discussions here in Paris,” he said.

09.11.2020 - 23:17 [ The Hill ]

Top US official for Syria and ISIS to retire this month

Joel Rayburn, currently deputy assistant secretary and special envoy for Syria, will take on the responsibilities of engagement with Syria.

Ambassador Nathan Sales, the coordinator for counterterrorism, will take on the role of special envoy for the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS.

23.10.2020 - 14:03 [ Al Jazeera ]

Pompeo to meet Armenian, Azeri ministers over Nagorno-Karabakh

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is scheduled to meet the foreign ministers of Azerbaijan and Armenia on Friday in a fresh attempt to end nearly a month of bloodshed, in which hundreds have been killed.

21.10.2020 - 03:47 [ Al Arabiya ]

Saudi Arabia, US to increase cooperation in energy market, other sectors: Statement

During a press conference last week, Pompeo said the US supported “a robust program of arm sales to Saudi Arabia, a line of effort that helps the Kingdom protect its citizens and sustains American jobs.”

21.10.2020 - 03:17 [ Al Arabiya ]

Pompeo, Esper to visit India for US efforts to counter China, Russia

Esper’s comments also followed an announcement by Australia that it will take part in a large-scale military drill off the coast of India next month, the Malabar naval exercise, together with India, the United States and Japan.

20.10.2020 - 04:12 [ Ron Paul / antikrieg.com ]

Kommen die Truppen aus Afghanistan nach Hause? Hängt davon ab, wen Sie fragen.

Aber man kann nicht eine „Amerika zuerst“-Außenpolitik betreiben, wenn man Leute wie Mike Pompeo, John Bolton, Nikki Haley, Mark Milley und andere damit betraut. Sie werden es einfach nicht tun. Das sehen wir wieder, wenn es darum geht, unsere Truppen aus dem langen und törichten Krieg in Afghanistan abzuziehen.

20.10.2020 - 04:06 [ Ron Paul / Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity ]

Troops Coming Home from Afghanistan? Depends on Who You Ask.

But you cannot pursue an “America first” foreign policy if you put people like Mike Pompeo, John Bolton, Nikki Haley, Mark Milley, and others in charge of carrying it out. They simply won’t do it. We are seeing that again when it comes to withdrawing our troops from the long and foolish war in Afghanistan.

15.10.2020 - 14:50 [ KBS ]

Nationaler Sicherheitsberater Suh zu Besuch in den USA

Am Donnerstagnachmittag (Ortszeit) ist ein Treffen mit US-Außenminister Mike Pompeo geplant. Die Aufmerksamkeit richtet sich darauf, ob eine von Präsident Moon Jae-in vorgeschlagene Erklärung des Kriegsendes auf der koreanischen Halbinsel und die jüngste Militärparade Nordkoreas thematisiert werden.

10.10.2020 - 12:08 [ CNN ]

Pompeo says he will release Clinton emails following Trump criticism

„She said she had 33,000 e-mails,“ Trump told Fox News on Thursday. „They’re in the State Department, but Mike Pompeo is unable to get them out, which is very sad actually. I’m — I’m not happy about him for that, that reason. He was unable to get — I don’t know why. You’re running the State Department and you get them out. But they’re in the State Department.“

05.10.2020 - 04:17 [ The Japan Times ]

Mike Pompeo shortens Asia trip as Trump falls ill, but will visit Japan

In Tokyo on Tuesday, Pompeo and Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi will have a meeting with the foreign ministers of Australia and India in a move that is seen as a counter to China’s growing assertiveness in the region.

29.09.2020 - 16:33 [ 168.am ]

Pompeo says violence must stop in Nagorno Karabakh conflict

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo urged Armenia and Azerbaijan to cease hostilities, Reuters reports.

Pompeo said during a visit to Crete that he had discussed the clashes in talks earlier with Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias.

25.09.2020 - 17:23 [ Max Blumenthal / Information Clearing House ]

Mainstream US reporters silent about being spied on by apparent CIA contractor that targeted Assange

The Grayzone has learned that several correspondents from a major US newspaper rebuffed appeals by Wikileaks to report on the illegal spying campaign by UC Global, privately justifying the contractor’s actions on national security grounds.

22.09.2020 - 07:15 [ Finanzen.at ]

EU lehnt Iran-Sanktionen ab und mahnt zur Abkommens-Einhaltung

Die US-Regierung hatte in einem umstrittenen Alleingang zuletzt erklärt, dass internationale Sanktionen gegen den Iran wieder gültig sind. Diese Strafmaßnahmen waren nach dem internationalen Atomabkommen mit dem Klerikerstaat 2015 ausgesetzt worden. Da die USA das Abkommen 2018 unter Präsident Donald Trump verließen, ist völlig strittig, ob sie die Sanktionen allein wieder in Kraft setzen können.

22.09.2020 - 07:09 [ New York Times ]

Trying to Hammer Iran With U.N. Sanctions, U.S. Issues More of Its Own

Four cabinet secretaries, the White House national security adviser and the American ambassador to the United Nations announced the additional penalties at the State Department, two days after the administration said it had unilaterally reimposed U.N. sanctions against Iran — a declaration European allies have balked at and the U.N. Security Council has refused to recognize.

22.09.2020 - 07:00 [ ArabNews.com ]

US says all UN sanctions on Iran restored

(20.09.2020)

WASHINGTON: The Trump administration declared Saturday that all UN sanctions against Iran have been restored, a move most of the rest of the world rejects as illegal and sets the stage for an ugly showdown at the world body ahead of its annual General Assembly.

20.09.2020 - 02:12 [ teleSUR ]

Pompeo-Duque Meeting Fixates on Venezuela, Ignores Colombia’s Human Rights Record

A joint press conference focused largely on the topic of Venezuela, despite that the State Department had framed the visit as focusing on a range of issues, among them, free and fair trade, rural development, defense of democracy, and human rights in the ‘hemisphere’.

19.09.2020 - 02:01 [ ABC News ]

Pompeo visits Guyana hoping to shore up support on Venezuela

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo visited the small nation of Guyana on Friday looking to shore up support for Trump administration efforts to oust Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro and build ties with the booming oil producer.

17.09.2020 - 14:32 [ Portal amerika21.de ]

Neuer Druck auf Venezuela? US-Außenminister bereist Nachbarländer

Vom heutigen Donnerstag bis zum kommenden Sonntag reist der Außenminister der USA, Mike Pompeo, nach Brasilien, Suriname, Guyana und Kolumbien. Die Besuche in diesen vier Ländern haben für die Außenpolitik der USA eine besondere Bedeutung, vor allem aufgrund ihrer unmittelbaren Nähe zu Venezuela.

10.09.2020 - 22:57 [ The Hill ]

Trump: Pompeo traveling to talks between Taliban, Afghan government

“The negotiations are a result of a bold diplomatic effort on the part of my administration in recent months and years,” Trump said at a news conference. “The United States will play an important role in bringing the parties together to end the decades-long war. It’s been going on for almost 20 years. Long before I got involved, I can tell you that.”

05.09.2020 - 00:17 [ Jason Ditz / antikrieg.com ]

Pompeo sagt, die venezolanische Opposition muss die Wahlen boykottieren

Capriles bemängelte dies ebenfalls und sagte, es sei an der Zeit, dass die Opposition aufhört, „im Internet Regierung zu spielen“ und sich darauf konzentrieren soll, zu versuchen, durch Wahlen an die Regierung zu kommen.

02.09.2020 - 18:01 [ Tagesschau ]

Strafgerichtshof in Den Haag: Chefanklägerin Bensouda auf US-Sanktionsliste

Das kündigte US-Außenminister Mike Pompeo an. Er sagte, auch der ICC-Abteilungsleiter Phakiso Mochochoko werde wegen seiner Unterstützung für Bensouda mit Strafmaßnahmen belegt.

02.09.2020 - 17:55 [ Tagesschau ]

Zypern: USA weichen Waffenembargo auf

Ab dem 1. Oktober könnten für ein Jahr wieder nicht-tödliche Militärgüter an Zypern geliefert werden, kündigte US-Außenminister Mike Pompeo an. Seit 1987 gingen keine Waffen und militärischen Güter mehr aus den USA an die zyprische Staatsführung. Das Embargo sollte mit dazu dienen, eine friedliche Lösung im Gebietsstreit zwischen Zypern und der Türkei herbeizuführen.

31.08.2020 - 19:19 [ Ron Paul / Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity ]

Trump Must Back Iraq Withdrawal Promise With Action

One big roadblock to finally leaving Iraq alone is President Trump’s de facto Secretary of War, Mike Pompeo. Although he’s supposed to be the top US diplomat, Pompeo is a bull in a china shop. He seems determined to start a war with Iran, China, Russia, Venezuela, and probably a few more countries.

31.08.2020 - 19:11 [ Ron Paul / antikrieg.com ]

Trump muss Versprechen zum Rückzug aus dem Irak mit Taten untermauern

Leider gibt es in dieser Regierung ein Muster, bei dem Präsident Trump den Rückzug der Truppen aus einem der anscheinend endlosen Konflikte ankündigt, in die wir verwickelt sind, und ein Regierungsmitglied – oft Pompeo – die Erklärung des Präsidenten so „erklärt“, dass sie das Gegenteil von dem bedeutet, was der Präsident gerade gesagt hat.

26.08.2020 - 17:58 [ The Sudan Tribune ]

Delink Sudan’s terrorism delisting from normalization with Israel: Hamdok

„Regarding the U.S. request to normalize relations with Israel, the Prime Minister explained to the Secretary of State that the transitional period in Sudan is led by a broad coalition with a specific agenda to complete the transition process, achieve peace and stability in the country before to hold free elections,“ Saleh said.

26.08.2020 - 08:16 [ Algemeiner / Twitter ]

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo met on Monday with UK Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab in Jerusalem. The two discussed the Trump administration’s Israeli-Palestinian peace proposal and Iran’s “destabilizing influence” in the Middle East.

26.08.2020 - 06:55 [ New York Times ]

Pompeo Delivers R.N.C. Speech From Israel, With Eye Toward 2024

No sitting secretary of state had previously addressed a national political convention in at least 75 years.

26.08.2020 - 06:41 [ Tagesschau.de ]

Vereinte Nationen: Sicherheitsrat blockiert neue Iran-Sanktionen

13 der 15 Mitgliedstaaten des Sicherheitsrats hatten sich zuvor in einem Brief an die indonesische Präsidentschaft gegen die US-Initiative ausgesprochen. Unterstützt wurde diese lediglich von der Dominikanischen Republik.

26.08.2020 - 06:28 [ theGuardian.com ]

UN security council rejects US attempt to extend Iran sanctions

The US has suffered another humiliating diplomatic setback after the president of the UN security council rejected the Trump administration’s attempt to extend economic sanctions on Iran.

24.08.2020 - 11:23 [ Haaretz ]

Pompeo Arrives in Israel, First Stop in Tour Promoting Deepening Gulf Ties

British Foreign Minister Dominic Raab is also expected to visit Israel this week, on Tuesday, and meet with his Israeli counterpart Foreign Minister Gabi Ashkenazi.

22.08.2020 - 04:13 [ Reuters ]

Thirteen of 15-member U.N. Security Council oppose U.S. push for Iran sanctions

Pompeo again warned Russia and China against that on Friday, threatening U.S. action if they refuse to reimpose the U.N. measures on Iran.

21.08.2020 - 04:15 [ Tagesschau.de ]

Streit um UN-Sanktionen gegen Iran: Pompeo kritisiert Europäer scharf

Irans UN-Botschafter Majid Takht-Ravanchi warf den USA Desinformation und Schikane vor. Sie hätten nicht das Recht, den Sanktions-Mechanismus zu nutzen, denn sie seien 2018 aus dem Atomvertrag ausgestiegen.

„Kein Land kann das Recht eines Vertrags in Anspruch nehmen, den es verlassen hat.“

21.08.2020 - 04:12 [ BBC ]

Iran nuclear deal: European nations ’siding with ayatollahs‘ – Pompeo

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has accused European allies of „siding with the ayatollahs“ after they said the US could not reimpose sanctions on Iran.

The UK, France and Germany said the US did not have the legal right to trigger „snapback“ sanctions because it pulled out of the Iran nuclear deal in 2018.

21.08.2020 - 03:34 [ CNN ]

US isolated as allies and opponents reject its bid to snapback UN sanctions on Iran

The Trump administration was left isolated on the world stage as foreign allies and competitors alike rejected its demand to restore UN sanctions on Iran Thursday.

20.08.2020 - 23:42 [ ORF ]

USA übergaben Brief zu Iran-Sanktionen

Außenminister Mike Pompeo übergab dem amtierenden Präsidenten des Gremiums, Indonesiens UNO-Botschafter Dian Triansyah Djani, einen Brief, um den „Snapback“-Mechanismus auszulösen.

20.08.2020 - 08:45 [ CNN ]

Pompeo says he’ll go to UN ’soon‘ to push for snapback sanctions on Iran

The process is expected to be messy, as China and Russia openly oppose the effort to snap back sanctions, and other parties to the deal — Germany, the UK, France — are also against the move. All of them question the legality of the US trying to reimpose sanctions under the 2015 nuclear pact, which the Trump administration announced it was leaving in May 2018.

20.08.2020 - 08:38 [ Tagesschau ]

Vereinte Nationen: USA wollen erneut UN-Sanktionen gegen Iran

Offen ist, ob irgendein Ratsmitglied auf den US-Schritt reagieren und eine Resolution zur Verlängerung der Sanktionslockerungen einbringen wird. Manche UN-Experten glauben, dass die anderen Mitglieder die USA ignorieren werden. Was die Trump-Regierung wiederum in die irrwitzige Position bringen könnte, selbst einen Antrag zur Verlängerung der Sanktionsaufhebungen zu stellen – mit dem alleinigen Ziel, dagegen dann ein Veto einzulegen.

15.08.2020 - 19:49 [ KBS.co.kr ]

Pompeo Sends Well Wishes for Liberation Day

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Thursday issued a message celebrating Liberation Day on August 15, which marks the day Korea was liberated from Japan’s colonial rule.

15.08.2020 - 04:37 [ Dominican Today ]

What’s behind Mike Pompeo’s visit to the Dominican Republic?

This Sunday, August 16, will be the third time, after the dictatorship of Rafael Leonidas Trujillo, that a Secretary of State of the United States attends the inauguration of a Dominican president. This action sends a direct message of the expectation about the fundamental issues that the United States has with the government that Luis Abinader will lead as of August 16.

The North American authorities are interested in halting the decline of its hegemony as a political and commercial partner of the Dominican Republic and in solidifying relations between the two countries, which were affected by the foreign policy developed by the outgoing president, Danilo Medina.

14.08.2020 - 10:12 [ Kurier.at ]

Erdgasstreit mit Erdogan: Was Pompeo in Wien durchsetzen soll

Wenn der US-Außenminister heute in Wien seine offiziellen Treffen abhält, wird international vor allem eines große Beachtung erhalten: Jenes mit seinem griechischen Amtskollegen: Nikos Dendias ist spontan nach Österreich gereist, um mit Mike Pompeo über amerikanische Solidarität zu sprechen. Konkret: im Erdgasstreit im östlichen Mittelmeer. Dort wuchsen die Spannungen zwischen Athen und Ankara zuletzt von Stunde zu Stunde.

14.08.2020 - 10:02 [ Kathimerini ]

Dendias in Vienna for talks with Pompeo, EU foreign affairs council

Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias will meet with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in Vienna on Friday to discuss developments in the Eastern Mediterranean.

Dendias will also meet with Austrian counterpart Alexander Schallenberg,

11.08.2020 - 10:06 [ VOA News ]

Pompeo Heads to Central Europe as US Looks to Confront Russian, Chinese Influence

The top U.S. diplomat is traveling to Prague and Pilsen in the Czech Republic; Ljubljana, Slovenia; Vienna, Austria; and Warsaw, Poland, from August 11 to 15.

06.08.2020 - 21:22 [ ORF.at ]

US-Außenminister Freitag nächster Woche in Wien

Vor seinem Österreich-Besuch trifft Pompeo am Dienstag den tschechischen Ministerpräsidenten Andrej Babis und den tschechischen Außenminister Tomas Petricek in Prag. Im Rahmen der Europareise will Pompeo auch Polen und Slowenien besuchen. Die vier Länder seien „alle große Freunde Amerikas“.

06.08.2020 - 07:33 [ US Außenministerium - State.gov ]

Secretary Michael R. Pompeo At a Press Availability

(05.08.2020)

QUESTION: So tomorrow and August 9th marks 75 years since the United States unleased the first atomic bomb attack on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. So could you tell us your opinion on nuclear arms control, including the future of the New START Treaty between U.S. and Russia?

SECRETARY POMPEO: Yeah. So President Trump, literally since I first met him, first in my role as CIA director and now as Secretary of State, has made clear one of his top priorities is ensuring that we don’t have a really bad day in the world as a result of a nuclear weapon being used, and so we have worked along multiple fronts. For example, we left the INF Treaty because the Russians weren’t complying with that and that was – that had the risk of being destabilizing, because when you have an arms control agreement and only one of the two parties is complying, you have created strategic risk.

But in the last handful of months, we’ve been working diligently to get the three nations that have the largest nuclear capabilities – the United States, Russia, and China – to have a strategic dialogue about how we move forward together to decrease the risk to the world that these massive weapons are used, and we’ve made progress with the Russians. We’ve had two good gatherings; I hope we’ll have one before too long. And we are hopeful that the Chinese will choose to participate. We think it’s in their best interest. We know it’s in the best interest of the world. And for nations that assert they want win-win solutions, that they want good outcomes, that they want to be a player on a global stage, they now have moved to a point where they need to, like the United States and Russia, be prepared to engage in conversations about how you create a strategic situation that reduces the risk that nuclear weapons will be used at any time or any place anywhere in the world.

04.08.2020 - 12:30 [ Xinhuanet ]

Commentary: Why Pompeo leads Washington’s China-bashing campaign

Pompeo’s scandalous Madison Diners in 2018 and off-public-schedule meetings with conservative influentials during work trips have drawn widespread criticism in the United States that the secretary of state has been using public resources to cultivate a supporter base for his own political ambitions. He has in fact turned his office into a launchpad for just that.

23.07.2020 - 12:41 [ Al Jazeera ]

Pompeo visits Denmark after diplomatic spat over Greenland

Pompeo met his Danish counterpart Jeppe Kofod and the country’s prime minister, Mette Frederiksen, in Copenhagen on Wednesday along with foreign affairs representatives for Greenland and the Faroe Islands, also a Danish autonomous territory.

21.07.2020 - 12:43 [ Haaretz ]

Mike Pompeo, Enemy of American Values

(19.07.2020)

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, however, has his eyes firmly set on the future. He is openly campaigning to succeed Trump as the party’s leader and to be its candidate in 2024.

21.07.2020 - 12:37 [ Washington Post ]

Mike Pompeo talks as if Obama is still president

(14.07.2020)

Most of the sentiments Pompeo expresses would be anodyne coming from any other administration but are risible from this one. Does he know who he works for? He acts as though someone else is president — Barack Obama perhaps? That makes U.S. diplomacy nearly worthless, because the whole world can see the Grand Canyon-size gap between Pompeo’s rhetoric and Trump’s actions and beliefs. U.S. credibility has become a joke, and Pompeo keeps producing more punchlines.

21.07.2020 - 12:24 [ Daniel DePetris/ Business Insider ]

Mike Pompeo’s Iranian boogeyman is just an excuse for a policy that isn’t working

(11.07.2020)

Despite the anti-American railings and innuendo from the political leadership, Iran is at best a mid-level power sharing a region home to states that are skeptical, if not downright opposed, to Iranian objectives. At $454 billion, its economy is nearly half the size of Florida’s.

21.07.2020 - 12:15 [ thePrint.in ]

After Pompeo visit, British MPs to ask Boris Johnson to get even tougher on China

Johnson’s government has pleased President Donald Trump’s administration in recent weeks as it blocked telecoms giant Huawei Technologies Co. and took action over Hong Kong, but has stopped short of the kind of sanctions imposed on individuals and companies by Washington. While Pompeo’s goal is not to ask for more, according to people familiar with his plans, the MPs will try to get him to carry their demands to his meeting with Johnson.

21.07.2020 - 11:56 [ Marketwatch.com ]

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo visits the U.K. — here is what to look out for

The U.S. welcomed the U.K.’s announcement in July that it would remove Huawei from its future telecommunications infrastructure.

The U.K. will eliminate Chinese telecoms giant Huawei from its 5G network by 2027, after pressure from Sino-skeptic lawmakers and U.S. politicians.

“We convinced many countries…not to use Huawei,” U.S. President Trump said after the U.K. announced the removal.

18.07.2020 - 05:34 [ Finian Cunningham / Information Clearing House ]

UK Shoots Self In Foot for Uncle Sam

Not so Britain and other members of the US-led Five Eyes nations: Australia, New Zealand and Canada. They, not surprisingly, appear to have swallowed the “national security” propaganda and anti-China bigotry with gusto.

Indeed so subservient is Britain to Washington, the government in London seems willing to damage its own economy and the wellbeing of its own people in order to suck up a little favour from Uncle Sam.

The “free world”? Yeah, freedom to be a vassal.

11.07.2020 - 16:38 [ New York Times ]

Long-Planned and Bigger Than Thought: Strike on Iran’s Nuclear Program

In addition, some American and Israeli officials, and international security analysts, say that Iran may believe that President Trump will lose the November election and that his presumptive Democratic rival, Joseph R. Biden Jr., will want to resurrect some form of the negotiated settlement that the Obama administration reached with Tehran five years ago next week.

11.07.2020 - 16:33 [ Haaretz ]

Israel, U.S Developing Shared Strategy to Harm Iran’s Nuclear Facilities, Officials Tell NYT

The Times also said that U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo maintains a close relationship with Mossad chief Yossi Cohen, making it unlikely that Pompeo was unaware of the plan to attack the Natanz nuclear facility – if it was indeed an Israeli-engineered operation.

01.07.2020 - 08:37 [ Newsweek.com ]

Every U.N. Security Council Member but U.S. Supports Iran Deal at Virtual Meeting

Tuesday’s webcast session involved representatives from all five permanent Security Council members (China, France, Russia, the United Kingdom and the U.S.) as well as 10 rotating members (Belgium, the Dominican Republic, Estonia, Germany, Indonesia, Niger, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, South Africa, Tunisia and Vietnam), as well as Iran, the European Union and the U.N. itself.

22.06.2020 - 23:01 [ The Hill ]

US labels 4 Chinese news outlets as ‚foreign missions‘

Pompeo has also been outspoken about allies rejecting Chinese companies bids on infrastructure projects, saying in a recent speech to a European conference, “Every investment from a Chinese state-owned enterprise should be viewed with suspicion.”

22.06.2020 - 09:31 [ theMedialine.org ]

Trump Administration to Hold ‘Decisive’ Meeting on Israeli Annexation

According to Israeli media, the US president will be joined by senior White House adviser Jared Kushner, the architect of the US Middle East peace plan; Secretary of State Mike Pompeo; National Security Adviser Richard O’Brien; lead negotiator Avi Berkowitz; and US Ambassador to Israel David Friedman, who will reportedly fly back to Washington on Sunday following tête-à-têtes with Netanyahu and Alternate Prime Minister Benny Gantz.

21.06.2020 - 10:28 [ i24news.tv ]

Report: Top Trump officials to hold two key meetings to discuss Israel’s annexation plan

According to Channel 13, participants at the meetings on Monday and Tuesday will include Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, National Security Adviser Richard O’Brien, Avi Berkowitz, Assistant to the President and Special Representative for International Negotiations and Jared Kushner, Trump’s senior adviser and son-in-law, in addition to the US Ambassador to Israel David Friedman, who will fly in from Jerusalem.

15.06.2020 - 03:30 [ ORF.at ]

Außenminister tauschen sich mit Pompeo aus

Die Außenminister der EU-Staaten, darunter ÖVP-Außenminister Alexander Schallenberg, schalten sich heute per Videokonferenz mit ihrem US-amerikanischen Kollegen Mike Pompeo zusammen.

15.06.2020 - 03:25 [ cyprus-mail.com ]

FM to take part in a teleconference with EU counterparts on Monday

Foreign Minister Nicos Christodoulides will take part in a teleconference with his EU counterparts on Monday afternoon as part of the Foreign Affairs Council agenda.

The main topic of the conference, which will also be attended by the US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, will be the course of the Transatlantic Relations and the EU-US strategic dialogue on foreign affairs issues.

05.06.2020 - 17:59 [ John Pilger ]

THE CIA COUP AGAINST ‚THE MOST LOYAL ALLY‘ IS HISTORY’S WARNING IN 2020

The Australian High Court has ruled that correspondence between the Queen and the Governor-General of Australia, her viceroy in the former British colony, is no longer „personal“ and the property of Buckingham Palace. Why does this matter?

18.05.2020 - 21:16 [ New York Times ]

State Dept. Investigator Fired by Trump Had Examined Weapons Sales to Saudis and Emiratis

The State Department inspector general fired by President Trump on Friday was investigating whether the administration had unlawfully declared an “emergency” last year to allow the resumption of weapons sales to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates for their war in Yemen, according to a Democratic member of Congress who asked for the inquiry.

13.05.2020 - 19:43 [ New York Times ]

Pompeo in Israel for Meetings on Annexation, Virus, Iran and China

“The most important thing is actually generating the information and then sharing the information,” Mr. Netanyahu interrupted Mr. Pompeo to say, an unmistakable reference to the Israeli intelligence services’ track record of developing information of value to the United States.

Notably, Mr. Pompeo’s short schedule of meetings included a session with the Mossad director, Yossi Cohen.

13.05.2020 - 13:41 [ LA Times ]

Pompeo travels to Israel to give U.S. blessing to annexation of West Bank land

“We’re glad that there is a now fully formed government in Israel,” Pompeo said ahead of the trip. “As for the annexation in the West Bank, the Israelis will ultimately make those decisions.”

13.05.2020 - 13:31 [ Strategic-Culture.org ]

Netanyahu-Pompeo Meeting Solidifies War Plan on Iran

The hastily arranged meeting last week between Israeli leader Benjamin Netanyahu and US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo had the hallmarks of a war-plan summit amid a peak in renewed media provocation against Iran.

In the last weeks there has been a flurry of US media reports claiming that Iran is secretly moving ballistic missiles into Iraq and elsewhere across the region. As usual the media credulously cite anonymous intelligence and Pentagon officials on those claims.

13.05.2020 - 13:24 [ Times of Israel ]

Netanyahu-Pompeo meeting wraps up after three hours

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s meeting with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has concluded after three hours, the PMO says.

09.05.2020 - 07:31 [ i24News.tv ]

Resuming international travel, Pompeo to visit Israel to meet with Gantz, Netanyahu

A staunch supporter of Israel, Pompeo will meet Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his centrist rival turned partner Benny Gantz in Jerusalem on May 13, the day the government is expected to be sworn in.

08.05.2020 - 03:28 [ teleSUR ]

Venezuelan President Maduro: „Mike Pompeo Stop Your Arrogance“

President Maduro spoke about the contract that began the armed incursion and that has the signature of the former U.S. military and Silvercorp director, Jordan Goudreau, as well as the opposition political consultant Juan José (JJ) Rendón, and opposition lawmakers Sergio Vergara and Juan Guaidó.

07.05.2020 - 04:29 [ National Post ]

U.S. to renew waiver for Iraq to import Iranian electricity for 120 days -State Department

“In support of the new government the United States will move forward with a 120-day electricity waiver as a display of our desire to help provide the right conditions for success,” the State Department said in a statement on a call between Pompeo and Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi.

05.05.2020 - 20:17 [ ABC News ]

This Week‘ Transcript 5-3-20: Mike Pompeo, Gov. Mike DeWine, Ronna McDaniel, Tom Perez

(03.05.2020)

RADDATZ: Do you believe it was manmade or genetically modified?

POMPEO: Look, the best experts so far seem to think it was manmade. I have no reason to disbelieve that at this point.

RADDATZ: Your — your Office of the DNI says the consensus, the scientific consensus was not manmade or genetically modified.

POMPEO: That’s right. I — I — I agree with that. Yes. I’ve — I’ve seen their analysis. I’ve seen the summary that you saw that was released publicly. I have no reason to doubt that that is accurate at this point.

05.05.2020 - 20:15 [ @renmin_wansui / Twitter ]

5 RADDATZ: OK, so just to be clear, you do not think it was manmade or genetically modified? POMPEO: I’ve seen what the intelligence community has said. I have no reason to believe that they’ve got it wrong.

05.05.2020 - 20:11 [ New York Times ]

Pompeo Ties Coronavirus to China Lab, Despite Spy Agencies’ Uncertainty

Speaking on the ABC program “This Week,” Mr. Pompeo, the former C.I.A. chief and one of the senior administration officials who is most hawkish on dealing with China, said that “there’s enormous evidence” that the coronavirus came from the lab, though he agreed with the intelligence assessment that there was no indication that the virus was man-made or genetically modified.

26.04.2020 - 23:40 [ Reuters ]

U.S. renews waiver for Iraq to import Iranian electricity, shortens time

The United States has renewed a waiver for Iraq to continue importing Iranian electricity, a State Department official said on Sunday, but this time for a shorter period of 30 days, adding that Washington would be reassessing whether to renew again once a ‘credible government’ is formed in Iraq.

24.03.2020 - 06:24 [ Tagesschau ]

Konflikt um Präsidentenamt: USA kürzen Hilfen für Afghanistan

Er hatte dort Staatschef Ashraf Ghani sowie dessen Erzrivalen Abdullah Abdullah getroffen, die seit der Wahl im vergangenen Jahr beide die Präsidentschaft für sich beanspruchen.

Die USA seien „enttäuscht“ über das Verhalten der beiden afghanischen Rivalen, erklärte Pompeo. Deren Versäumnis, eine Einheitsregierung zu bilden, habe die Beziehungen zwischen den USA und Afghanistan „beschädigt“.

23.03.2020 - 15:48 [ i24news.tv/ ]

Mike Pompeo lands in Afghanistan to salvage Taliban treaty

Pompeo will meet Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and his rival, ex-Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah, who also proclaimed himself president after results of the September vote were published with a months-long delay.

The Kabul-Taliban prisoner swap, which is one of the steps outlined in the Doha agreement will allegedly be at the top of the agenda,

17.03.2020 - 08:28 [ GlobalTimes.cn ]

Senior Chinese official Yang Jiechi urges US to stop slandering China’s COVID-19 efforts in phone call with Pompeo

Yang’s remarks were made after the US State Department summoned the Chinese Ambassador to the US Cui Tiankai over Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian’s recent tweets.

In his tweets, Zhao claimed it might be US army representatives who brought the novel coronavirus to Wuhan, Central China’s Hubei Province in October 2019, after a top US health official admitted detecting coronavirus infections on some deceased flu patients. Zhao urged the US to disclose further information, exercise transparency on coronavirus cases and provide an explanation to the public.

16.03.2020 - 23:44 [ junge Welt ]

USA rüsten in Lateinamerika weiter auf und setzen dabei auf verstärkte Kooperation mit Brasilien und Kolumbien

Die Anwesenheit der Verteidigungsminister Mark Esper (USA) und Carlos Holmes Trujillo (Kolumbien) ließ ahnen, was damit gemeint war.

08.03.2020 - 15:37 [ The Chronicle Herald ]

U.S. creates new envoy position to counter rising terrorism in Sahel

The U.S. currently has around 6,000 military personnel in Africa. Although some experts say a repositioning of forces is overdue, many U.S. officials share French concerns about relieving pressure on militants in Africa.

06.03.2020 - 15:47 [ Jason Ditz / Antiwar.com ]

Pompeo: US Will Take ‘All Necessary Measures’ to Prevent ICC War Crimes Probe

Pompeo said it was reckless to even suggest an investigation after the Afghan peace deal was reached, and vowed the US would take “all necessary measures” to shield US personnel from the investigation.

06.03.2020 - 15:43 [ Jason Ditz / antikrieg.com ]

Pompeo: USA werden „alle notwendigen Maßnahmen“ ergreifen, um die Untersuchung von Kriegsverbrechen durch den IStGH zu verhindern

Pompeo sagte, es sei unverantwortlich, überhaupt nach dem afghanischen Friedensabkommen eine Untersuchung vorzuschlagen, und schwor, dass die Vereinigten Staaten von Amerika „alle notwendigen Maßnahmen“ ergreifen würden, um US-Personal vor der Untersuchung zu schützen.

29.02.2020 - 02:29 [ Zeit ]

Afghanistan: Donald Trump kündigt Friedensabkommen mit Taliban an

US-Außenminister Mike Pompeo soll am Samstag in Doha ein Friedensabkommen mit den Taliban unterzeichnen. Anschließend sind innerafghanische Verhandlungen geplant.

17.02.2020 - 21:03 [ Jason Ditz / Antiwar.com ]

Emphasizing China Threat, US Insists ‘The West Is Winning’

Instead, the US seems eager to play the Chinese threat up to get foreign allies’ support, the same way they historically have with Russia. Confidence that the West is winning is easy to say, since there is no real conflict ongoing, beyond the US trying to get countries to not do business with Huawei.

16.02.2020 - 16:14 [ Heise.de ]

Münchner Sicherheitskonferenz: Propagandaschlacht um Huawei-Technik

Im Kern gehe es nicht um ökonomische und technologische Entscheidungen, erklärte Juliane Smith vom German Marshall Fund der USA auch in einem Gastkommentar der Süddeutschen Zeitung zum Auftakttag der MSC. Es gehe darum, „wie demokratische Staaten ihre Gesellschaften vor dem Einfluss autoritärer Staaten schützten und vor Erpressung, die weit in der Zukunft liegen mag“, schreibt Smith. Angesichts der massiven Propaganda sprachen in München manche Beobachter von einem neuen Kalten Krieg, dieses Mal im Bereich der Technologie.

16.02.2020 - 13:30 [ Secretary Pompeo / Twitter ]

Wonderful meeting with @GermanyDiplo Minister @HeikoMaas at #MSC2020 in Munich. Thankful for Germany’s continued cooperation and support in advancing peace and security in the Middle East and North Africa.

15.2.2020

15.02.2020 - 19:14 [ The Hill ]

Pompeo pledges $1 billion in US support for European energy initiative

“As a brand new statement today of our support for sovereignty, prosperity, and energy independence of our European friends, today I want to announce that through the International Development Finance Corporation, and with the support of our United States Congress, we intend to provide up to $1 billion in financing to Central and Eastern European countries of the Three Seas Initiative,” Pompeo announced at the Munich Security Conference.

14.02.2020 - 15:12 [ ABC News ]

Pompeo makes 1st trip to Africa in bid to reassert US as leading partner

„The challenge that Pompeo’s facing in Africa is explaining the contradictory messages coming from Washington,“ said Witney Schneidman, a fellow at the Brookings Institution’s Africa Growth Initiative. „It’s the lack of attention that’s been paid. It’s the fact that (former national security adviser John) Bolton rolled out this Africa strategy 14 months ago, and since then, very little has been accomplished where many other nations have moved forward.“

03.02.2020 - 04:05 [ RFE/RL ]

Pompeo Praises Kazakhstan’s ‚Real Reforms,‘ Urges Pressure on China Over Xinjiang

When pressed on human rights issues in Kazakhstan, Pompeo said that „every nation has to get this right for itself.“

22.01.2020 - 03:57 [ The Guardian ]

Caribbean leaders boycott Pompeo talks as row grows over US relations

The meeting in the Caribbean comes a year after Jamaican, Bahamian, Lucian, Haitian and Dominican leaders privately met Trump at his Mar-a-Lago resort. Trump promised investment aid in exchange for support of US interests.

20.01.2020 - 13:47 [ Secretary Pompeo / Twitter ]

Now is the time for Libyans to decide on a future for themselves – one free from violence fueled by external actors. We urge all parties to seize this opportunity, through @UN -facilitated mediation, to address the political, economic, and security issues that divide them.

19.01.2020 - 10:40 [ Sky News ]

Libya summit: World leaders gather in Berlin in bid to resolve escalating civil war

Boris Johnson will join other world leaders – including Russia’s Vladimir Putin – at a summit in Berlin on Sunday aimed at trying to resolve an escalating civil war in Libya.

The rival heads of the two sides fighting for control of the North African state are due to attend the long-awaited gathering.

18.01.2020 - 10:21 [ theHill.com ]

Pompeo to investigate charges of surveillance against Yovanovitch

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Friday said he will investigate allegations that former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch was under surveillance by private American citizens intent on her removal from Kyiv and possibly threatening harm.

14.01.2020 - 02:06 [ Caitlin Johnstone / Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity ]

„Iran Must Begin Acting Like A Normal Nation,“ Says Totally Normal Nation

“We want Iran to simply behave like a normal nation,” Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said in a press statement the other day. “We believe that the sanctions we imposed today further that strategic objective.”

14.01.2020 - 02:02 [ Ron Paul / Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity ]

US to Iraq: ‘Vote All You Want, We’re Not Leaving!’

On Thursday Iraqi Prime Minister Mahdi phoned Pompeo to urgently request that Washington enact a US troop “withdrawal mechanism” in Iraq. American troops are in Iraq by invitation of the Iraqi government and the Iraqi government had just voted to revoke that invitation.

The State Department responded with a statement titled “The US Continued Partnership with Iraq,” in which it essentially said that the US would not abide by the request of its Iraqi partners because the US military is a “force for good” in the Middle East and that as such it is „our right“ to maintain „appropriate force posture” in the region.

14.01.2020 - 01:56 [ Ron Paul / antikrieg.com ]

USA an Irak: ‚Stimmt ab, was ihr wollt, wir gehen nicht!‘

Das Außenministerium antwortete mit einer Erklärung unter dem Titel „Die fortgesetzte Partnerschaft der USA mit dem Irak“, in der es im Wesentlichen sagte, dass die Vereinigten Staaten von Amerika dem Wunsch ihrer irakischen Partner nicht nachkommen würden, weil das US-Militär eine „Kraft für das Gute“ im Nahen Osten sei und dass es daher „unser Recht“ sei, eine „angemessene Truppenstärke“ in der Region beizubehalten.

13.01.2020 - 06:12 [ theGrayzone.com ]

Ex-US intel officer: Pompeo ‘lying through his teeth’ on Iran

The Trump administration is imposing new sanctions on Iran and defying Iraq’s call for a US troop withdrawal. This comes as the stated rationale for the US assassination of Qasem Soleimani and Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis is being increasingly undermined.

Scott Ritter, a former Marine Corps intelligence officer, analyzes the increased White House coercion efforts and collapsing intelligence claims.

12.01.2020 - 17:41 [ Wall Street Journal ]

U.S. Warns Iraq It Risks Losing Access to Key Bank Account if Troops Told to Leave

The State Department warned that the U.S. could shut down Iraq’s access to the country’s central bank account held at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, a move that could jolt Iraq’s already shaky economy, the officials said.

12.01.2020 - 16:04 [ New York Times ]

Seven Days in January: How Trump Pushed U.S. and Iran to the Brink of War

But the United States also sent secret messages through Swiss intermediaries urging Iran not to respond so forcefully that Mr. Trump would feel compelled to go even further. After it did respond, firing 16 missiles at bases housing American troops without hurting anyone as a relatively harmless show of force, a message came back through the Swiss saying that would be the end of its reprisal for now. The message, forwarded to Washington within five minutes after it was received, persuaded the president to stand down.

11.01.2020 - 12:51 [ Chris Murphy, US Senator / Twitter ]

Let’s be clear – if there was evidence of imminent attacks on four embassies, the Administration would have said so at our Wednesday briefing. They didn’t. So either Fox News gets higher level briefings than Congress… or…wait for it… there was no such imminent threat.

10.01.2020 - 16:12 [ Tagesschau ]

Nach US-Drohnenangriff: Irak fordert Plan für US-Truppenabzug

Mahdi habe Pompeo gegenüber zudem erklärt, dass es einige US-Truppen gebe, die ohne Erlaubnis der Regierung ins Land gekommen seien. Auch US-Drohnen seien ohne Zustimmung der Regierung im Irak aktiv. Das stelle einen Verstoß gegen die Abkommen dar, hieß es weiter.

Die US-Truppen sind auf der Grundlage einer Vereinbarung mit der irakischen Regierung aus dem Jahr 2014 im Land, bei der es um den internationalen Kampf gegen die Dschihadistenmiliz „Islamischer Staat“ geht.

10.01.2020 - 16:00 [ Washington Post ]

Iraq asks United States to set up mechanism for troop withdrawal

In a phone call with U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi asked the United States to send a delegation to Iraq to set up a mechanism for U.S. troop withdrawal from the country, a statement from the prime minister’s office said Friday.

The request followed a vote by the Iraqi parliament to expel thousands of U.S. troops, a direct consequence of a U.S. drone attack that killed senior Iranian commander Qasem Soleimani and nine companions in Baghdad a week ago.

09.01.2020 - 15:57 [ Washington Post ]

How Trump decided to kill a top Iranian general

(03.01.2019)

Army Gen. Mark A. Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said in a meeting with reporters Friday that Soleimani was killed after U.S. officials recently became aware of intelligence that showed the “size, scale, scope” of what he was planning, which led them to conclude that there was a greater risk in not taking action than in doing so.

09.01.2020 - 15:08 [ MSNBC ]

Pres. Trump, advisers face mounting pressure to justify Soleimani attack intel

President Donald Trump announced Wednesday that no lives were lost after Iran fired ballistic missiles at two Iraqi bases housing U.S. and coalition forces overnight. Trump said the U.S. would add new sanctions on Iran, but seemed to seek de-escalation. Meanwhile, Trump and his advisers are facing more pressure to provide justification for the airstrike that assassinated Iranian Gen. Soleimani. Senators and congressmembers found a Wednesday intelligence briefing to be wholly insufficient.

09.01.2020 - 06:29 [ Tagesschau ]

US-Begründung zu Soleimani-Tod: „Absolut verrückt“ und „unamerikanisch“

Die Regierung habe in der vertraulichen Sitzung in einem abhörsicheren Raum im Kongress kaum Beweise für die Behauptung vorgelegt, dass mit dem Luftangriff ein unmittelbar bevorstehender Angriff verhindert worden sei, erklärte der Senator aus dem US-Bundesstaat Utah, Mike Lee.

Die Regierung habe die Senatoren aufgefordert, „gute kleine Jungs und Mädchen zu sein, einfach mitzulaufen und das nicht öffentlich infrage zu stellen“, sagte der sichtlich verärgerte Lee, der nicht als Kritiker seines Parteifreundes Präsident Donald Trump bekannt ist.

07.01.2020 - 19:27 [ CNN ]

Pompeo again declines to present evidence of ‚imminent‘ threat that led to strike against Iranian general

Sen. Bob Menendez of New Jersey, along with Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, is pushing for the declassification of Trump’s formal notification to Congress over Soleimani’s killing, which has sparked a dangerous escalation between the two longtime foes.

Several sources have told CNN that the notification was brief, contained few operational details and essentially laid out the President’s authorities to carry out the strike.

07.01.2020 - 11:58 [ The Hill ]

Rand Paul: Trump ‚got bad advice‘ on killing of Soleimani

He also said he considers killing the general an act of war that requires permission of Congress.

06.01.2020 - 22:28 [ junge Welt ]

US-Blockade gegen Kuba: Klage abgewiesen

Seit dem 2. Mai können Exilkubaner in den USA gegen Personen oder Firmen, die in Kuba aktiv sind, klagen, wenn ihr Besitz im Zuge der Revolution konfisziert wurde. US-Außenminister Michael Pompeo drohte: »Wer in Kuba Geschäfte macht, sollte genau untersuchen, ob er dies auf Grundstücken tut, die von einem gescheiterten kommunistischen Experiment gestohlen wurden.

04.01.2020 - 13:27 [ Scott Ritter, former United Nations Weapons Inspector, former Marine Corps Intelligence Officer / Twitter ]

Mike Pompeo says the assassination of Qassem Suleimani is derived from “an intelligence-based assessment” that he was plotting against the US.

Suleimani was an accredited diplomat in transit, arriving in Baghdad from Beirut. Pompeo just put all US diplomatic personnel at risk.

04.01.2020 - 13:25 [ Secretary Pompeo / Twitter ]

.@Netanyahu and I had a productive call today. We discussed U.S. defensive strikes in Iraq and Syria to counter Iran’s threats. The U.S. will take decisive action to defend its citizens and interests.

(30.12.2019)

04.01.2020 - 13:20 [ MDR AKTUELL ‏/ Twitter ]

US-Außenminister Pompeo kritisiert Reaktion der Europäer auf Tötung des iranischen Generals #Soleimani. Briten, Franzosen und Deutsche müssten verstehen, dass das Vorgehen der USA auch Leben in Europa gerettet habe.

03.01.2020 - 18:55 [ Auswärtiges Amt ‏/ Twitter ]

Außenminister @HeikoMaas: „Die US-Militäroperation folgte auf eine Reihe gefährlicher Provokationen Irans. Es ist durch die Aktion aber nicht einfacher geworden, Spannungen abzubauen. Das habe ich auch @SecPompeo deutlich gesagt.“

01.01.2020 - 21:29 [ Reuters ]

Secretary of State Pompeo postpones Ukraine trip to focus on Iraq

Pompeo postponed his trip to Ukraine, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, and Cyprus “due to the need for the Secretary to be in Washington, D.C., to continue monitoring the ongoing situation in Iraq and ensure the safety and security of Americans in the Middle East,” State Department spokeswoman Morgan Ortagus said in a statement.

01.01.2020 - 10:54 [ CBS News ]

Pompeo calls attack on U.S. Embassy in Baghdad „state-sponsored terror“

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo called the Tuesday attack on the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad „state-sponsored terror“ in an interview with CBS News. But he emphasized that the embassy is „safe“ and that the U.S. „never contemplated“ evacuating the facility.

„This is state-sponsored terror, this is Iranian-backed terrorism that took place,“ Pompeo told CBS News‘ Major Garrett in his first broadcast interview since the attack.

30.12.2019 - 18:16 [ Ynet ]

PM congratulates Pompeo on U.S. airstrike

Prime Minster Benjamin Netanyahu called the United States‘ Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to congratulate him on the successful attack on Iran and its proxies in Iraq.

21.12.2019 - 10:56 [ Commondreams.org ]

‚It Was an Outrage‘: Mike Pompeo Celebrates Defeated ICC Probe Into US War Crimes

(28.08.2019)

Pompeo made the remarks in a „Celebrating Americanism in Our Foreign Policy“ speech at the American Legion National Convention in Indianapolis.

„Americanism means taking care of our own,“ said Pompeo.

„We stopped international courts from prosecuting our service members,“ Pompeo continued, adding that the potential probe „was an outrage.“

In April, the ICC announced that it rejected a probe into possible war crimes and crimes against humanity in Afghanistan. Outgoing ICC prosecutor Fatou Bensouda requested the investigation in 2017, saying at the time that there was a „reasonable basis to believe“ that war crimes were committed by the Taliban, Afghan National Security Forces, U.S. armed forces, and the CIA. That move won the praise of human rights organizations and triggered over one million statements from alleged Afghan victims.

21.12.2019 - 10:51 [ Times of Israel ]

Pompeo: US ‘firmly opposes’ ICC announcement on alleged Israeli war crimes

“We firmly oppose this and any other action that seeks to target Israel unfairly,” Pompeo said.

“We do not believe the Palestinians qualify as a sovereign state, and they therefore are not qualified to obtain full membership, or participate as a state in international organizations, entities, or conferences, including the ICC.”

19.12.2019 - 04:03 [ Reuters ]

Pompeo: will cooperate with impeachment trial if required by law

“I’m happy to do document productions, I’m happy to testify if that’s appropriate, required by the law,” Pompeo said at a news conference with Indian foreign and defense ministers and U.S. Secretary of Defense Mark Esper.

“State Department has done the same thing all the way through, we will continue to do so,” he said.

11.12.2019 - 03:29 [ teleSUR ]

‘We Lied, Cheated and Stole’: Pompeo Comes Clean About CIA

(24 April 2019) “When I was a cadet, what’s the cadet motto at West Point? You will not lie, cheat, or steal or tolerate those who do. I was the CIA director. We lied, we cheated, we stole. We had entire training courses. It reminds you of the glory of the American experiment,” Pompeo boasted as the audience laughed and celebrated the statement.

08.12.2019 - 12:47 [ Haaretz ]

Netanyahu: I Didn’t Discuss Formal Annexation Plan With Pompeo, but Issue Came Up

Sources close to the prime minister relayed that while no annexation plan had been formally discussed, it did not mean the issue had not come up in the conversation.

08.12.2019 - 12:43 [ Haaretz ]

U.S. State Department Denies Netanyahu’s Claim He Discussed Jordan Valley Annexation With Pompeo

Schenker’s remark contradicts what Netanyahu told reporters while he briefed them in Lisbon. The prime minister said that he „discussed with Pompeo the annexation of the Jordan Valley. Clearly it will be easier [if the Jordan Valley is annexed under] a government and not a transitional government which is much more complicated, we are looking for solutions.“

05.12.2019 - 06:29 [ Haaretz ]

U.S. Warship Seizes Suspected Iran Missile Parts Bound for Yemen

Officials said the incident illustrates the continuing illegal smuggling of weapons to Houthi rebels and comes as Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu were meeting, with Iran as the main topic.

The officials spoke on condition of anonymity to describe a sensitive military mission.

04.12.2019 - 03:54 [ junge Welt ]

Bolivien: Putschisten hetzen gegen Venezuela

Bereits am Sonntag hatte US-Außenminister Michael Pompeo in dieselbe Kerbe geschlagen. Bei einem Auftritt an der Universität von Louisville erklärte er, bezogen auf die Proteste in Bolivien, Chile, Kolumbien und Ecuador, dass diese zwar »Ausdruck von Demokratie« seien. Das Weiße Haus sehe sich aber veranlasst, die »legitimen Regierungen« dahingehend zu unterstützen, dass die sozialen Mobilisierungen nicht von Kuba und Venezuela »gekapert« würden.

02.12.2019 - 17:59 [ Reuters ]

Pompeo says U.S. will help prevent Latin American protests becoming riots

“We in the Trump administration will continue to support countries trying to prevent Cuba and Venezuela from hijacking those protests and we’ll work with legitimate (governments) to prevent protests from morphing into riots and violence that don’t reflect the democratic will of the people,” Pompeo told an audience at the University of Louisville, in Kentucky.

30.11.2019 - 02:46 [ teleSUR ]

US Stands by Colombia Govt during Protests, Pompeo tells Duque

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo expressed „steadfast support“ to Colombia’s far-right government as it faces public protests and marches against economic austerity plans, corruption and police violence, President Ivan Duque in a phone call on Wednesday, according to a State Department spokeswoman.

28.11.2019 - 17:34 [ theGrayzone.com ]

Operation Condor 2.0: After Bolivia coup, Trump dubs Nicaragua ‘national security threat’ and targets Mexico

After presiding over a far-right coup in Bolivia, the US dubbed Nicaragua a “national security threat” and announced new sanctions, while Trump designated drug cartels in Mexico as “terrorists” and refused to rule out military intervention.

15.11.2019 - 06:02 [ North Atlantic Treaty Organization ]

NATO Secretary General participates in meeting of the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg participated in a meeting of Foreign Ministers of the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS in Washington, D.C. on Thursday (14 November 2019).

Chaired by US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, the meeting was convened to address the Coalition’s next steps following the death of ISIS leader al-Baghdadi, as well as recent developments in northeast Syria.

11.11.2019 - 22:49 [ Antiwar.com ]

Bolivia’s President Evo Morales Ousted in Coup

Bolivia is one of the few South American countries that continues to recognize Nicolas Maduro as the president of Venezuela, breaking with most OAS members. Morales often railed against US imperialism at the UN, most notably at a UN Security Council meeting in 2018 in front of President Trump.

The US Congress funded National Endowment for Democracy (NED) has a strong presence in Bolivia. In 2018, the NED spent nearly one million dollars on programs in Bolivia, with titles like, „Democratic Development From A Private Sector Perspective,“ „Strengthening Democratic Values,“ and „Building Political Party and Civil Society Capacity for a More Participatory, Competitive Electoral Process.“

18.10.2019 - 06:36 [ Vice President Mike Pence / Twitter ]

Honored to lead this delegation on behalf of President @realDonaldTrump. Thank you @SecPompeo, NSA Robert O’Brien and Ambassador James Jeffrey for your dedication and hard work in Turkey.

18.10.2019 - 06:34 [ Rudaw ]

Turkey and US agree ceasefire with Syria Kurds

In an official statement posted on Facebook, the General Command of the Syrian Democratic Forces said: “Based on the request and approval of the Syrian Democratic Forces, with United States mediation represented by Vice President Mr. Mike Pence, today, an agreement for an immediate ceasefire between the Syrian Democratic Forces and the Turkish state along the front lines extending from Ras al-Ain/Sari Kani from the east to Tel Abyad city in the west was reached.”

18.10.2019 - 06:20 [ Rudaw English ‏/ Twitter ]

Rudaw’s Roj Eli Zala in #Qamishli said people came onto the street to celebrate the #Turkey #ceasefire deal. “As the press conference was still going on the people started shooting into the air. Lots of celebratory fire,” Zala said.

18.10.2019 - 02:47 [ The Hill ]

Pompeo to meet Netanyahu as US alliances questioned

While Netanyahu parades in front of the public his close friendship with Trump — his Twitter background is a cropped photo of him at the White House shaking hands with the American president — a lack of recent displays of support have onlookers speculating about tension between the two leaders.

17.10.2019 - 18:10 [ LA Times ]

Pence and Pompeo begin uphill task of crafting cease-fire between Turkey and Kurds

‏ Vice President Mike Pence, heading a U.S. delegation that includes Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo and White House national security advisor Robert O’Brien, arrived in Turkey on Thursday, a day after Trump dismissed the very crisis he sent his aides on an emergency mission to douse.

17.10.2019 - 04:55 [ Mark Knoller ‏/ CBS News White House Correspondent / Twitter ]

One reason VP and SecPompeo needed separate planes for flight to Ankara, State Dept announced tonight atht Pompeo will be also heading to Jerusalem for talks with @netanyahu and then Brussels to see @jensstoltenberg. Pence will be heading to DC. Carbon footprint not a factor.

16.10.2019 - 17:26 [ Hurriyet ]

Erdoğan ‚to meet US vice president, secretary of state‘

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said on Oct. 16 that he would meet with U.S. Vice President and Secretary of State, according to a Tweet by communications director.

16.10.2019 - 06:58 [ theHill.com ]

Pompeo to join Pence on Turkey visit urging ceasefire

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will join Vice President Pence on a trip to Turkey this week in an attempt to broker a cease-fire in northern Syria.

Pence will lead a delegation on behalf of President Trump that includes Pompeo and national security adviser Robert O’Brien, the vice president’s office announced Tuesday.

16.10.2019 - 06:51 [ ORF.at ]

Nordsyrien-Konflikt: US-Vizepräsident trifft Erdogan

Morgen sei ein bilaterales Treffen zwischen Pence und dem türkischen Präsidenten Recep Tayyip Erdogan geplant.

Begleitet wird Pence von US-Außenminister Mike Pompeo, dem Nationalen Sicherheitsberater Robert O’Brien und dem US-Sonderbeauftragten der Anti-IS-Koalition, James Jeffrey.

12.10.2019 - 01:52 [ Reuters ]

Top aide to U.S. Secretary of State Pompeo resigns

“I protect every single State Department employee,” Pompeo said. “When the State Department employees are doing things right, when they’re behaving in ways that are consistent with the rule of law and working on President Trump’s and America’s mission, I’ll always stand with them; I’ll always have their back.”

07.10.2019 - 23:48 [ Antiwar.com ]

US and Greece Sign New Defense Pact

The US military is expected to expand the Sixth Fleet’s base on the Greek island of Crete and also build new drone bases in central Greece.

07.10.2019 - 23:42 [ antikrieg.com ]

USA und Griechenland unterzeichnen neuen Verteidigungspakt

Die Vereinigten Staaten von Amerika werden auch eine neue Marine- und Luftwaffenbasis im Nordosten Griechenlands errichten, um die NATO-Verbündeten Bulgarien und Rumänien zu versorgen. Der derzeitige Weg zur Versorgung dieser NATO-Verbündeten führt über den Bosporus, der von der Türkei kontrolliert wird.

02.10.2019 - 06:18 [ theHill.com ]

Pompeo, House chairmen clash in impeachment fight

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Tuesday warned that officials at his agency would not show up for scheduled depositions with House investigators, ramping up a heated battle with Democrats in their impeachment inquiry.

Democrats responded by arguing that Pompeo’s actions may constitute witness intimidation and obstruction of Congress’s investigation, which could be used as an argument for filing articles of impeachment.

02.10.2019 - 06:13 [ Tagesschau.de ]

Impeachment-Tauziehen: Trump spricht von Putsch, Pompeo mauert

Die Voruntersuchungen zu einem Amtsenthebungsverfahren wegen der Ukraine-Affaire entwickeln sich immer mehr zu einem Tauziehen zwischen der Trump-Regierung und den demokratischen Abgeordneten im Kongress.

28.09.2019 - 03:36 [ The New York Times ]

Kurt Volker, Trump’s Envoy for Ukraine, Resigns

Mr. Volker, who told Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Friday that he was stepping down, offered no public explanation but a person informed about his decision said he concluded that it was impossible to be effective in his assignment given the developments of recent days.

28.09.2019 - 02:18 [ ORF ]

Ukraine-Affäre: US-Demokraten fordern Dokumente von Pompeo

Die Vorsitzenden des Auswärtigen Ausschusses sowie des Geheimdienst- und des Kontrollausschusses stellten eine sogenannte Subpoena aus, also eine rechtlich verbindliche Aufforderung, das Material zu übermitteln.

28.09.2019 - 02:08 [ Reuters ]

U.S. House panel to hear from inspector general on whistleblower complaint

A U.S. House of Representatives committee will hear closed-door testimony from the intelligence community’s inspector general on Oct. 4, a congressional official said on Friday.

28.09.2019 - 00:36 [ Reuters ]

House Democrats subpoena Pompeo for Ukraine documents

The House Foreign Affairs, Intelligence and Oversight Committees which announced the subpoena also scheduled depositions for five State Department officials over the next two weeks, including former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch, Ambassador Kurt Volker, the U.S. Special Representative for Ukraine, and Ambassador Gordon Sondland, the U.S. ambassador to the European Union.

22.09.2019 - 13:32 [ New York Times ]

An Abrupt Move That Stunned Aides: Inside Trump’s Aborted Attack on Iran

Why Mr. Trump suddenly latched onto the estimate at this point rather than when casualties were discussed at the earlier meeting remains a mystery to many officials. Some assumed he was influenced by Mr. Carlson or other allies that his re-election would be jeopardized and was looking for cover.

But when the decision came, Mr. Pence, Mr. Pompeo and Mr. Bolton were all out of the White House, and the president did not call them for input. Instead, he told the Pentagon to call off the attack.

19.09.2019 - 11:09 [ KDAL610.com ]

Pompeo says attack was ‚act of war‘ on Saudi Arabia, seeks coalition

JEDDAH, Saudi Arabia (Reuters) – The United States wants to build a coalition of European and Arab partners to deter Iran after an attack on Saudi Arabia that Secretary of State Mike Pompeo described on Wednesday as „an act of war“ against the world’s top oil exporter.

15.09.2019 - 08:13 [ theGuardian.com ]

Pompeo: Iran behind attack on Saudi oil facilities that will reduce kingdom’s output

On Saturday, before Pompeo’s tweet, the White House said Trump had spoken to Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman, “to offer his support for Saudi Arabia’s self-defense”.

08.09.2019 - 19:26 [ theHill.com ]

Pompeo defends Trump’s invitation of Taliban to Camp David, citing ‚obligation to do everything we can‘

During a separate interview on NBC, Pompeo noted Camp David’s history in peace negotiations, “sometimes with some pretty bad actors.”

“The president ultimately made the decision that … if we could get commitments and then put in place a verification regime that would give us confidence that we could observe that those commitments were being honored, that … it was a useful effort to try and get all of those parties in one place so that we could have serious conversations.”

16.08.2019 - 03:10 [ France24 ]

Lebanon says US mediation on Israel border issue ‚viable‘

In February 2018, Lebanon signed its first contract for offshore drilling for oil and gas with a consortium comprising energy giants Total, ENI and Novatek.

Two blocks in the eastern Mediterranean are part of the deal, but Israel claims that part of Block 9 belongs to the Jewish state.

16.08.2019 - 03:05 [ U.S. Department of State / Youtube ]

Secretary Pompeo and Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri

U.S. Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo and Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri deliver statements to the press at the U.S. Department of State on August 15, 2019.

05.08.2019 - 11:58 [ Reuters ]

U.S. seeks to renew Pacific islands security pact to foil China

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Monday negotiations have begun with three Pacific island nations to renew a national security agreement that would help Washington counter growing Chinese influence in the region.

03.08.2019 - 18:27 [ SBS News ]

Mike Pompeo arrives in Australia for bilateral talks

Mr Pompeo and newly appointed US Defense Secretary Mark Esper were greeted by US Ambassador to Australia Arthur Culvahouse and US Consul General in Sydney Sharon Hudson-Dean at Sydney Airport on Saturday evening.

23.07.2019 - 09:28 [ Tagesschau.de ]

London schmiedet Marinebündnis gegen Iran

(22.07.2019)

„Wir haben darüber schon in den vergangenen zwei Tagen konstruktive Gespräche mit einer ganzen Reihe von Ländern geführt. Und wir werden später in der Woche besprechen, wie das am besten auf die neuesten US-Vorschläge für diese Gegend abgestimmt werden kann.“

17.07.2019 - 15:33 [ Berlin direkt ‏/ Twitter ]

#CDU-Chefin @akk schließt im Sommerinterview die Entsendung von #Bodentruppen nach #Syrien nicht aus. @ZDF #berlindirekt

(07.07.2019)

15.07.2019 - 12:59 [ theGuardian.com ]

The Guardian view on Britain and Iran: a game for losers

he risk is that the president may be goaded into a war by those around him, particularly if things go wrong on the ground – and that Britain will be dragged in by a White House-appeasing prime minister.

Meanwhile the slow slog of diplomacy continues, with European foreign ministers due to meet again on Monday. The EU says that more members, and non-member states too, are buying into the Instex barter-style system created to enable trade. But it still needs proper funding.

15.07.2019 - 11:41 [ John Hudson / Twitter ]

ahead of his visit to NYC for a UN summit, Pompeo limits Zarif’s movements to the UN Headquarters and the six blocks it takes to get to the Iranian mission. By ⁦@CMorelloWP⁩

12.07.2019 - 10:58 [ ORF.at ]

Iran fordert von Großbritannien Freigabe von Tanker

Die USA verzichteten Insidern zufolge indes vorerst auf Sanktionen gegen den iranischen Außenminister Mohammed Dschawad Sarif. Was genau die US-Regierung zu dem Schritt bewogen hat, sagten die beiden mit dem Vorgang vertrauten Personen nicht.