A bemused Mike Pompeo left swampy Chris Wallace speechless at times when the Fox News Sunday anchor seemingly tried to function as the public relations spokesman for the Biden administration rather than as a journalist.
“Well, generically, when I hear the administration talk about taking America ‘back,’ they are talking about back to what President Obama did for eight years where America was weak,” the former secretary of state said, speaking of an administration others describe as the 44th president’s third term in an interview embedded below in two parts.
Pompeo also said that it is his belief that COVID-19 originated in a Wuhan lab leak.
Appearing on the Fox News Channel, Pompeo was asked to react to a segment where successor Anthony Blinken commented on the clubby G-7 agenda, which the globalist, “America Last” Biden team is embracing, if not caving to. The G-7 consists of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom, and the U.S.
Implementing an American First philosophy, Donald Trump was the only president in recent memory who stood up to the G-7, the European Union, NATO, and other international organizations, along with China and Iran, insisting on a level playing field for the American taxpayer and the American worker, as well as in the context of protecting national security.
“A lot of people talk about how they are having this really fun time over at the G-7 — everybody likes President Biden. What’s important is not that they like America, but that they respect us, that we deliver good outcomes for the American people. We need to focus on the things that matter most to America.”
Pompeo went on to chide the virtue-signaling G-7 for disproportionately elevating climate change as a top priority.
“I worry that we have raised an issue that is not the thing that will make lives better for the American people most quickly and most dramatically.”
Wallace then suggested that the centerpiece of Biden’s trip is his upcoming sit-down with Vladimir Putin, the Russian president, in Geneva.
In that context, Pompeo chided Biden, among other things, for cancelling the Keystone Pipeline here at home while lifting sanctions on the Russia-to-Germany Nord Stream pipeline, and implied that the Putin meeting should not result in all talk and no action, especially as it also pertains to cyberattacks from Russian criminal gangs or state-sponsored entities.
With regard to the drastic change in policies from Trump to Biden, Pompeo called it “a tale of three pipelines…We shut down 10,000 jobs with the Keystone Pipeline here in the United States of America, and then they permitted the Russian pipeline to continue to be built that will threaten the heart of Europe’s energy infrastructure, and then, of course, you were referring to the cyberattack on the Colonial Pipeline. President Trump and our team were very clear about what we would do in response to cyber attacks. If it’s a pretty arcane idea, but we change the… rules that permitted us to respond to these attacks. I hope that the Biden demonstration will use the tools that we provided….”
“I heard Secretary Blinken say the right words, right? We want to find the places that we can work alongside the Russians. We try to do that too, but there was no administration that was tougher on Russia. We worked diligently to support Ukraine with defensive weapon systems. We built up the United States military,” as well as NATO, which put more pressure on Putin to rein in his ambitions, Pompeo implied.
Recalling that Russia annexed Crimea under Obama’s watch, Pompeo explained “That’s not a ‘back’ that the United States can afford to allow to happen. We need to move forward and we need to continue to defend the United States against the threats that Vladimir Putin may pose, whether it’s cyber or kinetic or any of the other information efforts that Vladimir Putin will try to foist upon America if President Biden is weak.”
Pompeo disagreed with Wallace’s premise that President Trump’ sanctions didn’t do enough to stop the Nord Stream pipeline or for not calling out Russia for human rights violations.
“We made clear that the pipeline was not gonna be completed. It would not have been completed had we had four more years. I’m very, very confident of that. And with respect to human rights, we take a backseat to no one. I heard Secretary Blinken talk abut the work they’re doing to try and convince the Europeans to stand alongside us on human rights violations in China, and the work that they’ve done defending human rights against Russian abuses. We were tough there. too, Chris. I’m proud of the work we did there. It was good work, it was serious work, and it made a difference.”
Wallace then pivoted to claim that the Trump administration allegedly failed to press China sufficiently on the origins of the COVID-19 outbreak (even though the political/media establishment worked overtime to discredit the lab leak theory to the benefit of the CCP).
“Chris, the predicate of your question is all wrong,” Pompeo responded with a smile. “We have a really good idea of what happened here. There is an enormous amount of evidence that there was a leak from the Wuhan Institute of Virology. There’s a pile of evidence a hundred feet high. I have high confidence that that’s the case. We pressed the Chinese Communist Party really hard…We withdrew from the [World Health Organization] which had become politicized…,” which Biden rejoined.
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While praising Operation Warp Speed and President Trump’s vow that there would be consequences for China, Pompeo explained that “we put real pressure on the Chinese Communist Party, and we got very close to being able to make a laydown case for what actually happened and how this virus came to kill millions of people around the world and destroy billions of dollars in wealth. We know enough now; the coverup continues, and it’s time for accountability.”
Pompeo also criticized the Biden/Harris open-borders policies, in a reversal of President Trump’s effective enforcement measures, that have created a humanitarian, law enforcement, and public health illegal immigration crisis at the at the U.S.-Mexico border.
“Don’t take my word for it. This week, the Mexican leadership and the Guatemalan leadership said this problem is a direct result of Team Biden’s foreign policy and its immigration policy.”
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