Secretary of State Mike Pompeo triggered the left with two simple words evoking the Trump administration’s patriotic approach to policy.
NBC News’ presidential historian slammed Pompeo on Tuesday for wasting taxpayer money by tweeting “America First,” which he claimed was a “partisan slogan.” The ridiculous complaint by Michael Beschloss caught the attention of Fox News’ Brit Hume, among others, who immediately leveled a reality check.
Pompeo posted a simple image declaring “America First” early Tuesday, echoing President Trump’s foreign-policy pledge to put the interests of Americans at the forefront of decision-making.
The secretary of state has been an outspoken supporter of the president’s driving goal of restoring pride in the nation and advancing the interests of Americans on the world stage.
— Secretary Pompeo (@SecPompeo) January 5, 2021
“Has anyone told Secretary of State that he’s not supposed to use his official U.S. government Twitter account to put out partisan slogans and campaign propaganda for himself?” Beschloss fired back on Twitter, adding a photo of the late Curly Howard, one of the Three Stooges, with a monkey on his head.
“Why are U.S. taxpayers paying for Secretary of State to put out partisan slogans like this on his official government Twitter feed?” he added in a head-scratching follow-up tweet.
Has anyone told Secretary of State that he’s not supposed to use his official U.S. government Twitter account to put out partisan slogans and campaign propaganda for himself? pic.twitter.com/GHc5Gi8dYm
— Michael Beschloss (@BeschlossDC) January 5, 2021
The attempt to make Pompeo look bad only seemed to backfire on Beschloss as Twitter users called him out.
“Oh, I don’t know, maybe because those two words describe the foreign policy of the administration he serves,” Hume fired back.
Oh, I don’t know, maybe because those two words describe the foreign policy of the administration he serves. https://t.co/nNzcfkOhfI
— Brit Hume (@brithume) January 5, 2021
“An America First foreign policy puts our national interests first, which starts with seeing the world as it is, not as we wish it were,” Pompeo wrote in an opinion piece published by Fox News back in October.
“From the earliest days of his administration, President Trump promised the American people that he would put their interests first, and make that pledge the foundation of every foreign policy decision he made,” he wrote. “Now, almost four years later, that approach has delivered historic outcomes for the American people.”
Pompeo fired back at former Defense Secretary James Mattis in November for his rebuke of Trump’s foreign policy after the retired Marine general wrote an op-ed that was critical of the Trump administration’s national security policies. Mattis drew backlash after he urged a possibly incoming Joe Biden to “eliminate” Trump’s “America First” policy for a more “cooperative approach.”
“I have a lot of respect for Jim, but he’s just dead wrong on that,” Pompeo told Fox News at the time.
Pompeo’s tweet on Tuesday, using an official government social media account to promote the administration’s policy, apparently offended Beschloss, who noted back in November after the election, that once Democrat Joe Biden is inaugurated in January, “racists and anti-Semites will no longer be welcome in the White House West Wing.”
Twitter users blasted the author and presidential historian while applauding Hume for his epic response.
Well done Brit, thank you!
— The Voice of Reason (@TruthMatters__) January 5, 2021
Partisan??? I would hope all Americans would agree with this slogan.
— Catherine⭐️🇺🇸⭐️ (@catemarino) January 6, 2021
I suppose “China First” would have been acceptable
— Falcone Eastham (@FalconeEastham7) January 5, 2021
The bedrock purpose of any rational foreign policy is to further the interests of the home country. How on earth can this be controversial?
— Wayne Lanham (@JunkYardCard) January 6, 2021
Isn’t admitting that America first is a partisan statement saying the quiet part out loud for democrats?
— Hi Eck (@Serfs_Road) January 5, 2021
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