The New York Times viciously slammed Secretary of State Mike Pompeo Tuesday, accusing the senior Trump aide of being “thousands of miles away” during the President’s Iran speech; despite the fact he was in North Korea negotiating the release of three prisoners.
According to Fox News, the Times blasted Pompeo for not being on hand as the President announced his decision to withdraw from the Iranian nuclear agreement; saying he was missing at a “key moment” of the Trump presidency.
“Senior State Department officials were momentarily speechless on Tuesday when asked why Mr. Pompeo did not delay his trip by a day to be in Washington during Mr. Trump’s Iran deal announcement,” writes the Times.
“The absence of Mr. Pompeo and other top State Department officials left perplexed European diplomats privately complaining that they were having trouble getting answers from Washington,” the author added.
It became clear by Wednesday that the reason Pompeo was “thousands of miles away” was to oversee the transfer of three American prisoners from North Korean officials to US custody.
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DEMOCRATS CAVE: Mike Pompeo CONFIRMED as Secretary of State
President Trump’s nominee to replace Rex Tillerson as Secretary of State was officially confirmed Thursday; following weeks of Democratic opposition against former CIA director Mike Pompeo.
According to Fox News, the Senate voted 57-42 to officially confirm Pompeo as the nation’s top diplomat; with seven Senators who caucus with the Democratic Party bucking leadership and voting in the affirmative.
The Democrats voting “yes” included Senators Heitkamp, Joe Manchin, and Joe Donnelly.
Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito swore in Pompeo immediately following the highly-anticipated vote.
Michael Richard Pompeo was just sworn in as the 70th Secretary of State from the West Conference Room at The Supreme Court of the United States by Associate Justice Samuel Anthony Alito, Jr. pic.twitter.com/RH95jrt8vk
— Hogan Gidley (@hogangidley45) April 26, 2018
“He will always put the interests of America first,” the president said in a statement after Pompeo’s confirmation. “He has my trust. He has my support.”
KOREA SHOCKER: Mike Pompeo SECRETLY MET Kim Jong Un Weeks Ago
Secretary of State nominee and current CIA Director Mike Pompeo held secret, high-level talks with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un over Easter Weekend; clearing the path for upcoming negotiations between the despot and President Trump.
According to the Chicago Tribune, the CIA chief spoke with Kim regarding next month’s high-stakes meeting with Trump, as well as the full denuclearization of the Korean peninsula and the possible end of the 68-year-long Korean War.
“I’m optimistic that the United States government can set the conditions for that appropriately so that the president and the North Korean leader can have that conversation will set us down the course of achieving a diplomatic outcome that America so desperately – America and the world so desperately need,” Pompeo told the Senate Foreign Relations Committee during his confirmation hearings earlier this month.
“We have had direct talks at very high levels, extremely high levels with North Korea,” Trump said during his recent trip to Florida, refusing to confirm or deny the meeting.