Mike Pompeo Plans to Resign, Run for Senate
- Author: Sonia Alvarado Nov 21, 2019,
Nov 21, 2019, 0:29
Mike Pompeo. Everybody makes mistakes", Trump said on October 25 of Pompeo hiring Taylor.Asked specifically if he has confidence in Taylor, Pompeo instead praised the department in general, saying, "The State Department is doing a fantastic job.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Monday he was proud of what the United States had done in Ukraine and declined to defend former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch who was attacked on Twitter by President Donald Trump.
Pompeo, who has managed for almost three years to preserve a warm relationship with the mercurial president, is walking a tightrope as diplomats are called to appear before Congress. The New York Times, which first reported earlier Wednesday what Sondlannd planned to say, said the briefings "more directly" link the secretary to the Trump administration's efforts to get Ukraine to open investigations into Trump's political rivals and an unsubstantiated theory that Ukraine, not Russian Federation, was responsible for hacking Democratic Party emails in 2016.
"I'll defer to the White House about particular statements and the like". "I have no doubt that a more fair, open and orderly process of allowing me to read the State Department records would have made this process more transparent", he said. It's the greatest diplomatic corps in the history of the world.
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Pompeo also mentioned that he was aware of the reasons for Yovanovitch's sudden removal in May.
"There's some ideas out there that somehow this change was created to enable some nefarious goal", Pompeo mentioned. He declined to answer the questions of the reporters in which he was asked about Trump's tweet disparaging Marie Yovanovitch, the former ambassador to Ukraine as she was addressing the lawmakers on Friday.
The Trump-Pompeo bond is very strong and the President defends his foreign policy.
Sondland, the paper notes, said last month during a closed-door deposition that he and United States special envoy to Ukraine Kurt Volker tried to get Ukraine to release a statement announcing the investigations into former Vice President Joe Biden and Burisma Holdings, the Ukrainian energy company his son, Hunter Biden, had served on the board on, in order to "satisfy" Giuliani, "and, by extension, (Trump), and to reset relations between the two countries". At the time, the State Department called those allegations an "outright fabrication" that "does not correspond to reality", but they appear to have influenced Trump's decision to recall Yovanovitch from her post early.On Trump's now infamous phone call with Ukraine's president in July, he called Yovanovitch "bad news".