Secretary of State Mike Pompeo Full Press Conference With Transcript…

[Transcript] SECRETARY POMPEO: Good afternoon, everyone.

QUESTION: Good afternoon.

SECRETARY POMPEO: Before I get started, I want to let our fellow Americans know who are affected by Hurricane Florence that our prayers are with them. I understand there may well have been loss of life. Our heart goes out to them. Thanks, too, to all the first responders, military, civilian and the like, who are doing such good work. The federal government’s help is there, and we still continue to encourage every American who’s in the threatened path to listen to government officials and take heed to their words.

We’re also aware that there’s a typhoon in the Pacific Ocean right now which will take a toll on our friends in the Philippines. Our prayers are with them as well. State Department teams are ready to deliver the appropriate help to the region at the right time.

As you all know, on Wednesday, President Trump signed an executive order that made clear that our administration will not tolerate foreign interference in our democratic processes. Elections are the foundation of our democracy, and preserving their integrity is a matter of protecting sovereignty and American national security.

Foreign malicious actors have used information technology and social media to open new fronts in their efforts to undermine our democracy and our core institutions. These actors want to turn Americans against one another and convince us that our institutions, our ideals, are defective. But we are resolved to defeat these efforts and make clear that those who interfere with our liberties will pay a price.

In the last few years, Russia has been particularly aggressive in using its cyber capabilities, disinformation, and other covert means to attempt to sow instability in America. As this executive order makes clear, if Russia or any other foreign government or persons acting on their behalf interfere in the United States election, there will be swift and severe consequences.

The order provides for mandatory sanctions against foreign persons determined to have participated in interference in our elections. It also provides for additional measures that could be capable of devastating or interfering in our country’s economy. And if the government of that country authorized, directed, or sponsored, or supported election interference, we’re going to come after them.

The State Department will continue to work closely with other agencies to identify, expose – and expose foreign interference directed against American elections, no matter which entity initiated it. We’ll also continue to work with our partners around the world to stand against these threats to democracy wherever – and however – they rear their head.

I want to spend just a few minutes on this Friday afternoon talking about the team here at the State Department as well. Yesterday was a great day. It was a proud day. After Senate confirmation, President Trump conferred on four of our officers the position of Career Ambassador. Four of the State Department’s finest: Philip Goldberg, David Hale, my Under Secretary for Political Affairs Michele Sison, and Dan Smith.

This is the highest and most prestigious rank at the Foreign Service. They should all be very proud. I know I’m proud of them. The American people too should be proud of Phil, David, Michele, and Dan representing our country. They have all proven over many years of service that their outstanding diplomatic skills and leadership qualities are much needed and that they are delivering. They’re an inspiration, too. They’re great leaders. I congratulate them all on behalf of the all of my State Department colleagues.

It’s a good step towards strengthening the State Department’s leadership, something I have put at the top of my priority set in my first now several months here. I know that American diplomacy is most agile and most effective when we have our entire team in place. We need to have that senior leadership team empowered.

To that end, we do have some new leaders already making an impact. I mentioned David Hale. He’s my Under Secretary for Political Affairs. We also have Director of Policy Planning Kiron Skinner, who I have not mentioned at the podium before. She is highly distinguished academic, knowledgeable across a broad range of issues, and she is going to make sure the best foreign policy ideas rise to the top here at the State Department.

When I went before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee I only made a couple of promises, but one of them was that I would get the team on the field. I knew that this was critical to strengthening the finest diplomatic corps in the world, and that’s what I said that day. I told them I’d do my part, that I would fill those positions, I would work with the President to get the individuals nominated, and we have made great progress getting confirmable positions filled, and we need that progress to continue.

The places where we still have gaps, places like Western Hemisphere, where we have challenges in Venezuela and Nicaragua and in Mexico and the Northern Triangle – important areas, we need a leader.

We haven’t had an under secretary for management here for quite some time. We need a confirmed person.

And in Near Eastern Affairs, a place that I have spent a great deal of my time in these first months, we are still looking for confirmation of our assistant secretary.

The list is long. I could go on. And I am just hopeful that we can finish the process so that both the Executive and Legislative Branch will have what it is I know each of us wants: a fully-fielded, capable team executing America’s foreign policy.

And with that, I am happy to take a few questions.

MS NAUERT: And I’ll call on you, just to help along. Matt Lee from the Associated Press to start. And you have one question each, please.

SECRETARY POMPEO: Hello, Matt.

QUESTION: Sure, hi. Good afternoon, sir. I was going to ask you about your interior decorating plans at your new house, but I thought I would instead start with something a little bit more mundane on the policy-wise. And that is that – on a policy question, that is that last night President Trump tweeted about one of your predecessors, Secretary Kerry, saying that he was having, quote/unquote, “illegal meetings” with Iran’s foreign minister in what others have said is an attempt to undermine or subvert or coach the Iranians on how to get around or avoid the new – your new harder, tougher policy on Iran.

I’m wondering if you share the President’s view that these meetings are illegal. And whether you do or not, if you have noticed in your attempts to get the Europeans and others, to get them on board with the new U.S. policy, and that efforts by Secretary Kerry, or any other former official for that matter, is interfering in or undermining your efforts.

SECRETARY POMPEO: So I’ll leave the legal determinations to others. But what Secretary Kerry has done is unseemly and unprecedented. This is a former secretary of state engaged with the world’s largest state sponsor of terror, and according to him – right? You don’t have to take my word for it. He – these are his answers. He was talking to them. He was telling them to wait out this administration.

You can’t find precedent for this in U.S. history, and the secretary ought not – Secretary Kerry ought not to engage in that kind of behavior. It’s inconsistent with what foreign policy of the United States is, as directed by this President, and it is beyond inappropriate for him to be engaged in this. I remember, I saw him. I saw him in Munich at the Security Conference. He was there with – if I have my facts right, because I think I saw them all with my own eyes – Secretary Moniz and Wendy Sherman, the troika. And I am confident that they met with their troika counterparts, although one can perhaps ask Secretary Kerry if my recollection with respect to that is accurate.

I wasn’t in the meeting, but I am reasonably confident that he was not there in support of U.S. policy with respect to the Islamic Republic of Iran, who this week fired Katyusha rockets toward the United States embassy in Baghdad and took action against our consulate in Basra.

MS NAUERT: Next question.

QUESTION: Well, I just – has it had an impact? Has it hurt your efforts? That’s the – that’s just it, or —

SECRETARY POMPEO: I’ve —

QUESTION: Okay.

SECRETARY POMPEO: I think you understand what I – which it is that former secretaries of state – all of them from either political party – ought not to be engaged in – actively undermining U.S. policy as a former secretary of state is literally unheard of.

MS NAUERT: Lesley Wroughton from Reuters.

QUESTION: Secretary, good afternoon. I wanted to reach out to you regarding Russia and China are suggesting at the Security Council that you should be – the United States and others should be easing sanctions against North Korea given progress in their eyes so far in the denuclearization process. What signs are you seeing that they are perhaps not sticking to the sanctions, and how is that damaging your efforts at trying to get a full denuclearization from North Korea?

SECRETARY POMPEO: So two things to say in this regard. One is that I spoke with Ambassador Haley about this earlier today. Russia has actively attempted to undermine the UN Security Council resolutions, the work of the 1718 Committee, the committee at the UN that evaluates compliance with sanctions, by attempting to change the language there. I hope that the 1718 Committee will do what it has historically done – remain independent and report on the facts as they know it and not allow a single country, in this case Russia, to draft language and have it inserted. I hope they will publish the original document that they intended to publish, which shows – it shows clear activities related to sanctions and sanctions violations. It’s important; it’s the date set that underlays not American sanctions but the world’s sanctions from the UN Security Council.

Your question was broader than just that. The United States is as committed as ever to continuing to enforce those UN Security Council resolutions. We believe they are central to President Trump’s efforts to convince Chairman Kim that full, final denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula is necessary and that it needs to be done in a way that the world can see that there’s been this strategic change in Chairman Kim’s core understanding of how he will provide a better future for the North Korean people. He said it at the summit in Singapore and we are still continuing to have many conversations with the DPRK about how to effectuate achieving all the commitments that were made during the Singapore summit.

MS NAUERT: Elise, from CNN.

QUESTION: Thank you. Good afternoon, Mr. Secretary.

SECRETARY POMPEO: Yes, ma’am.

QUESTION: On – by September 30th the administration has to give a determination or a decision to Congress about the levels of refugees that will be admitted into the U.S. for the next fiscal year, and there seems to be a debate or a discussion among some who are thinking of it as more of a national security issue and want to keep the levels consistent at a level around 45,000, while there are some that think it should be significantly lower, in the twenty thousands. I’m not sure if you want to give a specific amount, but can you talk to us about your thoughts about how you’re seeing the level of refugees that should be coming in in the near future?

SECRETARY POMPEO: So there will be an announcement soon. You – the date – the deadline is, in fact, this fiscal year and so I’m confident that the national security team will deliver the President’s recommendation. He’ll make his decision about the appropriate level. It is absolutely a national security decision and it is also worth everyone here remembering that this is the most generous of nations when it comes to accepting persons from outside of our country. I am – I’m incredibly proud not only of what we have done as a historical matter, but the way the Trump administration has dealt with this issue as well. I am confident that the decision that comes out of this issue with respect to refugees for next fiscal year, America will remain among the most generous nations with respect to taking persons from outside of our country. We always have and I fully expect that will continue.

MS NAUERT: Last question.

QUESTION: Can you say what your particular thoughts are in terms of numbers?

SECRETARY POMPEO: No, I share those thoughts with the President and then when we have a decision from him we’ll announce it. Thank you.

MS NAUERT: Last question, Rich Edson from Fox News.

QUESTION: Thanks, Heather. Mr. Secretary, do you think that this effort that you were discussing with the JCPOA, do you think it goes beyond those you mentioned, Secretary Kerry and Wendy Sherman? Do you think there are other former administration officials who are advising the Europeans and the Iranians? And will the administration sanction members or the board members or the entity of SWIFT if they continue to process Iranian transactions?

SECRETARY POMPEO: So second question first. I don’t know the decision with respect to SWIFT in particular. There are still a number of decisions pending before the November 1st deadline – excuse me, November 4th deadline that we’ve got to make about waivers or potential waivers, and we’re working our way through each of those. But make no mistake about it, come November 4th there will be a fundamentally different set of rules with respect to anyone who deems it necessary to engage with – in economic activity with the Islamic Republic of Iran.

It is a big, important day. You can see many countries already taking actions to move out of Iran, to discontinue doing business with them in advance of the November 4th deadline. They understand I think not only the seriousness of the U.S. sanctions but I think they’re also coming to see that this activity is supporting the exact kinds of malign activity that President Trump has been talking about since the first day he took office, whether it’s providing missiles that the Houthis launch into airports in the Gulf states or the activities we’ve seen taken by Shia militias against American interests or the assassination efforts underway in the heart of Europe.

I think the world is beginning to see that the challenge is much bigger than anything that the JCPOA even pretended to have addressed. And I also see they’re thinking comments – they’re seeing statements like the ones that the Iranians have said this week. They’ve said, boy, if we end up withdrawing, we’ll start from a much higher level. I may have the quote off just a little bit but I’m very close. Wow, what does that say about the existence of the agreement, right? They’re going to start from a much higher level. It tells you that the agreement itself didn’t stop all of the paths to nuclear weapons in the way that it was sold to the American people.

Did I answer? You may have had a first question that I —

QUESTION: And the first question was are there any more administration officials who – previous administration officials who you believe are influencing allies and Iran? And also Secretary Kerry had mentioned that he thinks that the policy of this administration is regime change towards Iran. Is that the policy?

SECRETARY POMPEO: No, it’s not the policy. Ambassador Bolton and I both made very clear that’s not U.S. policy, in repeated sets of remarks. We are very supportive of the Iranian people having the leadership that they want. And as for whether there are other former administration officials engaged in that behavior, I won’t say today. Only to the extent that they are, the admonitions that I suggested for former Secretary Kerry would apply to them as well.

MS NAUERT: Thank you, everybody.

SECRETARY POMPEO: Thank you all.

MS NAUERT: We’ve got to go. Thank you.

SECRETARY POMPEO: You all have a – you all have a great weekend.

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80 Responses to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo Full Press Conference With Transcript…

  1. Wretched1 says:

    The ultimate justice ought include Swiftboat Kerry finally behind bars for treason. Such arrogance on his part to think he actually amounts to a hill of beans…

    Liked by 22 people

    • The Boss says:

      Behind bars awaiting hanging. THAT is the justice Kerry deserves.

      Liked by 7 people

    • budklatsch says:

      He has been a traitor since returning from Nam. How many years has he been allowed to act so treasonous? SOB

      Liked by 6 people

      • Tall Texan says:

        Minor quibble – Kerry has been a traitor since he spent four months in Vietnam chasing “Purple Hearts” – instead of honorably manning his duties.

        Liked by 4 people

      • De Oppresso Liber says:

        I have always hoped someone would paint the bottom of his surfboard to look like a fur seal, and that a Patriotic Great White shark would get vertical (in an awesome Air Jaws breach!) and solve that problem for us.

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      • sedge2z says:

        http://www.wintersoldier.com/staticpages/index.php?page=20040531140357545
        photo of Kerry and Gen.Sec. of Communist Party of Viet Nam
        photo hangs in Saigon’s ‘War Crimes Museum’ dedicated to anti-war activists

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      • sedge2z says:

        Below the photograph of John Kerry are explanatory placards in English, French, Vietnamese, and Chinese. The English placard reads:

        “Mr. Do Muoi, Secretary General of the Vietnamese Communist Party met with Congressman and Veterans Delegation in Vietnam (July 15-18, 1993)”

        Senator Kerry may argue today that his anti-war protests did not render support to the enemy in time of war and that his activities did not violate the definition of treason given in Article III, Section 3, of the US Constitution. This exhibit paying tribute to Kerry in the War Protestors Hall of the War Remnants Museum in Ho Chi Minh City tells a very different story. The Vietnamese communists clearly feel that the American anti-war protestors were a very important force in undermining support in the United States for American war efforts, a force that contributed materially to ultimate communist victory in 1975.

        On Fox News’ Hannity and Colmes show on Friday, May 28, 2004, Rear Admiral Roy Hoffman (USN, Retired) accused John Kerry of being a traitor because of his anti-war activities. This photo, which demonstrates the extent to which the Vietnamese communists acknowledge that he supported them during the Vietnam War, corroborates this charge. (Hoffman, the former commander of the Swift Boat force and one-time Kerry’s superior officer, is Chairman of Swift Boat Veterans for the Truth (SwiftVets.com).

        Vietnam Vets for the Truth (KerryLied.com) was established for the sole purpose of organizing a rally targeting Kerry’s lies before the US Senate in 1971 based on the so-called “Winter Soldier” hearings. The rally, appropriately called “Kerry Lied,”

        Jerome R. Corsi, Ph.D.
        jcorsi@wintersoldier.com
        Jeffrey M. Epstein
        Vietnam Vets for the Truth
        Jepstein02@snet.net

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      • RoddREpub says:

        Wow just wow. To think there are people who respect this 🤡. Who can understand the “minds” of liberals.

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    • litlbit2 says:

      Ditto, obama. Got a pill for that, Gitmo x2 pack up clowns.

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  2. jackphatz says:

    Future President elect Pompeo….is becoming a thing.

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  3. Arrest Soros says:

    John Kerry, a forever America hating PoS who worked for another America hating PoS.
    I sure hope they are hit with some sort of penalty, if only to send a message to others.
    Undermining ones own country is no way to behave.

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  4. 3%er says:

    What a huge up grade Pompeo is over Tillerson.

    Liked by 15 people

  5. Risa says:

    Kerry’s daughter, a medical doctor who coincidentally had State Department money funneled to her own projects, is married to an Iranian American.

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    • Tall Texan says:

      No surprise, the only thing a Kerry would consider better than marrying a member of the enemy of America is marrying a widow or widower who became rich via someone else’s fortune…but I digress.

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  6. daughnworks247 says:

    Pompeo was furious today. Excellent video. The former Obama Admin is spitting on the Trump Admin all over the world, pretending like we don’t exist. Where are the consequences for this kind of behavior? Why is this allowed?

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    • I don’t understand why there are no repercussions either….unheard of behavior by a former President and his officials.

      Slightly different topic; Pompeo is really good and someone POTUS can trust….would be nice to have an AG with these qualities.

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    • wondering999 says:

      daughnworks… my uninformed, random Deplorable spidey sense tells me that the “new narrative” is “Trump is a tyrant!” based on:
      (1) This goading, open sedition by Kerry;
      (2) Canadian Freeland’s taking leave of negotiations to attend a conference on “resisting tyrants”;
      (3) Kucinich’s recent, *very startling* comment about McCain’s departure from this world… unremarked by the media Democrat activist interviewing him?

      Something’s up.
      Stay cold, friends. Trust the timing to Trump & Co. These morons deserve a pinyata party, but their fate must be measured and lawful, and effective; and here I stop because I am at a loss to understand how anything besides a noose is appropriate… obviously I’m not the person in charge here… but that’s my take on it

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      • wondering999 says:

        In addition to the outright sedition Kerry & Co. are engaging in, they are working to demoralize the hopes of local “deplorables” who would like to regain their human rights in places like Iran. D— you Kerry and the greed that motivates your heart.

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      • Katherine McCoun says:

        Video to your #3
        5:08 into the video for those who have missed this

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    • PoCoNoMo says:

      We know why it’s allowed. It’s his constitutional right to go around the world being an A-hole be it home or abroad. I think the only thing to curb it would be royally trouncing the Dems in the midterms. It would show the world what Americans really tthought/thinks of Obummers’ administration. Only when the world understands the Dems won’t be back in power for decades will they stop currying favour with the likes of Hussein, Kerry, Killary, etc.

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    • MelH says:

      WHO is supposed to bring charges, in such cases? And how should we pressure them? Not that we have a say in anything at all these days.

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  7. lorenetn says:

    The press actually asked relevant questions and were fairly respectful. Oh if they could just behave that way with POTUS.

    Liked by 15 people

    • jmclever says:

      I believe the journalists at state department briefings are different than the ones at the white house briefings.

      Liked by 8 people

    • litlbit2 says:

      They probably see the writing on the wall. The Russian/Mueller scam, Hillary/Obama corruption and the exchange of classified information, hidden as leaks. If they do not see what is about to take place? Well you can not fix stupid and msm has stupid in spades. Gitmo will fill up fast and nobody, nobody will come to their rescue. It is over.

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    • znoxide says:

      After Pompeo delivered the withering indictment to Kerry, the rationality of the press struck me as well. Maybe the clown show at the WH could be swapped out with the orderly journalists at the state department. At the end there was a journalist waiting to ask a question but was not acknowledged. Rather than shout her question she simply lowered her hand.

      That was refreshing to see and informative for journalists and people watching. It is also refreshing to use the word journalist without throwing quotes around it.

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  8. goldenfero says:

    Mike Lee of AP was a master of chewing up and spitting out Jen Psaki’s and Marie Harf’s daily abominations during the Obama Administration.

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  9. goldenfero says:

    Matt Lee

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  10. theresanne says:

    If we had a fair/honest press the world would know that President Trump won and his administration is here to stay, for at least the next 6 years. The reason they think they can deal with Obama/Kerry & Co is the constant TDS on display night and day courtesy of our MSM.

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  11. Daniel says:

    Pompeo selected his words specifically and carefully. He said allies and US persons will subject of punitive measures if they help foreigners influence our elections. This should be interpreted broadly and severely. These multinationals and large US companies had better heed the warning about conspiring against this country on behalf of others. He’s not only talking about the POS Kerry. He’s talking about the leadership of Google and Amazon and many others.

    The media created the term “fake news” and Trump made them wear it.

    The media and the DOJ/FBI/CIA made bold claims about foreign interference in our elections and Trump has agreed it is important and WILL act on it. It will be hard for them to change the rules how that THEY set the standard.

    The opposition is burying itself. Let them choke to death on every word they used to attack Trump because those words will be used to destroy them.

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  12. rashomon says:

    I just wish all these speeches and writings would replace the word “democracy” with “constitutional republic” as that indeed is the difference that makes us a beacon of light to so many, not the mob rule consisting of 50% of the votes plus one.

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  13. OSP says:

    What is SWIFT?

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  14. IMO says:

    Iran May Have Received as Much as $33.6 Billion in Cash From U.S.
    https://freebeacon.com/national-security/iran-may-received-much-33-6-billion-cash-gold-payments-u-s/
    Top Iranian adviser threatens to expose those who took bribes to make the Iran deal happen
    https://www.americanthinker.com/

    Let’s hope the traitors get exposed including Kerry.

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  15. Cheri Lawrence says:

    Pompeo is so incredibly competent! Let’s pray Kerry and Obama’s entire shadow government are brought down as soon as is feasible. They can’t hide anything anymore, the world is watching! I would love to see their finances cut off with this new executive order as this is at the heart of their so called power! Once we repatriate all these funds that ballooned the national debt and funded their nefarious programs worldwide, we will be free. We have to get rid of the Congress who sold out our country by passing these huge omnibus spending bill’s that were never scrutinized!! Go team MAGA!!

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    • Kerry and co-conspiritors should be quietly surprised at any airport. Taken into ‘protective custody’ by U.S. Secret Service officers. Then ‘housed’ for extensive questioning by U.S. Military lawyers. Hillary, Holder, Lynch and other world travelers. All of them ‘housed’ and questioned together. Meddling with foreign powers against U.S. elections and policy. Rant over!

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  16. cripto says:

    Let’s not forget Zero’s shadowing of the President in Asia, Australia in 2017.
    https://nypost.com/2018/03/17/obama-on-tour-to-meet-with-leaders-in-asia-australia/

    As well as his jolly meeting with Xi and Modi in 2018
    https://qz.com/1139981/barack-obama-is-meeting-chinas-xi-and-indias-modi/

    In addition to his speeches in London, Berlin, Italy and Montreal with Peter Pan.

    Kerry got the dirty job of Iran for the ‘wait out the election and all will be well” Magical Mystery Tour.

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    • Katherine McCoun says:

      Good job brining this up with links. I was wondering the same and perhaps do were the reporters when they asked if other’s behavior was also at issue

      Liked by 2 people

    • sedge2z says:

      And here’s what Philippine President Duterte shared with his Israeli audience today per the South China Morning Post. He sounds deplorable:
      Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte says sorry for calling Barack Obama a ‘son of a whore’
      Leader apologised to the former US president during a speech to Filipinos living in Israel on the first day of his four-day visit
      Duterte blurted out the insult in response to steady criticism from the United States over his violent drug crackdown, which has been condemned by the West.
      However, the Philippine president said his nation’s relationship with America has improved under President Donald Trump, who he described as a “good friend” who “speaks my language”.
      “It would be appropriate also to say at this time to Mr Obama that you are now a civilian and I am sorry for uttering those words,” Duterte said on Sunday in a speech to Filipinos in Israel.
      Duterte landed in Jerusalem on Sunday for a four-day stay as the Philippines tries to develop new sources of military hardware and nail down protections for its overseas workers.
      “If it is [in] your heart to forgive, you forgive. I have forgiven you, just like my girlfriends when I was still a bachelor … I have forgiven them also,” the Philippine leader said in the same speech.

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    • elmo says:

      And they boldly allowed photo ops! How dumb can they be? That kind of arrogance shows the confidence they have in the spygate, deepstate coup. I’m way beyond cold anger watching these seditionists. I want equal justice under our laws.

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  17. wondering999 says:

    I don’t really want to hang these people. It occurs to me, but another part of me rejects capital punishment.

    What I WOULD LIKE very much would be to watch these people labor, really bust their tails the way minimum wage workers do across the United States… cleaning floors, toilets, hog pens… doing hard hard work day in day out, barely enough left over for any entertainment or fun. Bust their tails. Make these greedy lowlives suffer the way they have made others suffer. Over and over again, for each person laid off, bankrupted and demoralized by their political handiwork

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    • According to a movie, in the USMC a Code Red meted out a degree of punishment – an unauthorized and illegal so called wake up call. In the army (ours – almost 50 years ago) we’d just throw a wool blanket over someone and beat the crap out of them. We called it an attitude adjustment. Most GIs straightened up and flew right Lets see – Warner, Schiff, Schumer, Kerry, Rhodes and Ryan would be my prime candidates from the politco side. It would be a good start.

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    • 17CatsInTN says:

      I don’t really want to hang these people.

      I do. There are some crimes where the only appropriate punishment is death. Treason is one of them.

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    • L. Gee says:

      I’d go for each one getting a little bit of hanging. Might be really good for them!

      Liked by 1 person

      • wondering999 says:

        Might be good for them, LOL, a little neck stretching.

        It’s the hangman I’m concerned about… I try not to ask people to do what I wouldn’t want to do, myself… but for sure, something will have to be done

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  18. John Kerry has turned out to be a traitorous rat bastard. And I supported him for President in 2004.

    #WalkAway

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    • Katherine McCoun says:

      I voted for Bush. First time I supported the R ticket since the 80s (went to college and got “smart”…took a while to unlearn the college hogwash!). I have been regretting ever voting for Bush jr but this reminds me what our choice was in Nov ’04. Truly were two terrible choices!

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      • IMO says:

        Many establishment rinos leaving office I believe over 60. We’ve got fresh new MAGA candidates now running against commie demtards. The past is over with now we focus on the future. Vote November so that President Trump has a huge MAGA congress.

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  19. Krashman Von Stinkputin says:

    Pompeo is going “to leave the legal determinations to others”

    but then said Kerry and others from the previous administration are:

    actively undermining U.S. policy

    Sounds strangely legal to me.

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  20. Jase says:

    It is all about consequences, or the lack of to this point. For nearly two years Obama, his cohorts and his cadres seeded in every layer of government have been actively behaving like a virtual administration, with impunity. In my humble opinion the Trump administration needs to take the gloves off and demonstrate that there are real consequences to this behaviour: if for no other reason that that it would clearly show voters exactly how far the Democrats have gone in treating their 2016 electoral wishes with utter contempt
    I don’t blame President Trump – he has done all that one man can do – but the people advising him to go softly, to not set precedents need to recognise that the Obama crew have set a new precedent. Marquis of Queensbury rules no longer apply when the other guy is cage fighting.

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  21. Bob Eckert says:

    Very confused. Who are this people sitting down and asking SecState good questions? I asked my bride and she said “journalists”. Responding with no….they only ask stupid questions about Lib agenda to play gotcha. I doubt that’s who they are but if true, maybe SSH should hold her press briefings with these folks.

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    • IMO says:

      Keep in mind Kerry’s meeting with more than the iranian official he also meet UN Foreign Minister Javad Zarif, leaders from Europe, including German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier, EU official Federica Mogherini and French President Emmanuel Macron in both Paris and New York.

      Why the meetings? Major damage control? Cover up? Why has obama/clintons been doing the same as Kerry the past two years.

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  22. teeheeman says:

    The haughty John “Lurch” Kerry should face severe consequences from this transgression (but no doubt won’t). You could hear the COLD ANGER in Pompeo’s response/voice and I share that sentiment. It’s sedition pure and simple. Kerry and his ilk are arrogant, condescending, self-righteous fools who would sell our country down the river to make themselves look good. Thank God the Swift Boaters exposed this narcissistic blowhard in 2004. To quote Andrew Breitbart, “GO TO HELL JOHN KERRY!! GO STRAIGHT TO HELL”

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  23. Truthfilter says:

    Pompeo was a Congressman when the Iran deal was signed. He and Tom Cotton are the two who found out about Obama’s and Kerry’s undisclosed secret side deals with Iran.

    Pompeo knows EXACTLY what Kerry is up to.

    https://www.newsweek.com/iran-nuke-deal-yet-another-secret-side-deal-emerges-496997

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    • Truthfilter says:

      Correction: The Iran deal was never actually signed at all.

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      • Roger Duroid says:

        Yes, the famous “Corker Amendment”. 2/3 to vote AGAINST the treaty rather than 2/3 FOR it as Then Dirty Harry just refused to take a vote and Voila! It was enacted.

        Corker is the GOPe from Tennessee who decided not to run for reelection.

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  24. stablesort says:

    It’s only reasonable that John Kerry should, at a minimum, lose his security clearance.

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  25. SteveC says:

    Gee, the MSM and the Dems knew about the Logan act when President Trump was President-elect Trump… and in that case, incoming administrations always talk to foreign entities.
    I wonder how they missed the Logan act, now?

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  26. TigerBear says:

    John Kerry should stand trial for treason and executed if found guilty, period! His actions are treasonous, plain and simple. Conspiring with a foreign government!

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  27. RJ says:

    Neville Kerry has always been who he is, only others–many others, have refused to take off their blinders to see the real him.

    He loves his self so much that years ago he had his stylist analyze his appearance right down to the knot of his ties…note how wide this knot is…matches his long face and acts to diminish the negative value of such a face. Well done stylist…

    However, a POS will always be a POS no matter how much camo one wears. Kerry hasn’t changed his spots since before his Nam days. HIdden behind his use of words is such a little man who has tried for all his life to become a big man.

    Failure is his real middle name…

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