Secretary of State Mike Pompeo Holds Press Briefing – Answers Questions on Kashoggi Determinations…

President Trump’s statement on Saudi Arabia is one of the most forthright explanations of foreign policy by a US President, ever. No obfuscation; no convoluted parseltongue; just plainly spoken brutal honesty.  The Saudis may do bad things but they are better than their enemies, and our alliance with them is in our national interest.  Secretary of State Mike Pompeo delivers a similar statement in his media press briefing today.

Secretary Pompeo remarks about Saudi Arabia begin at 04:05 of video below:

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85 Responses to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo Holds Press Briefing – Answers Questions on Kashoggi Determinations…

  1. bromo says:

    “The Saudis may do bad things but they are better than their enemies, and our alliance with them is in our national interest.”

    Exactly. Every government before us, and every after it will make decisions that are in their best self interest for a larger global picture. You can call it Machiavellian if you want, but its also common sense to not have purity tests for your friends and allies. It remains cleverly unspoken what the left/media thinks should be the alternative here, for obvious reasons. But why would we even apologize for such a stance, much less seek to change it?

    If, a a result of our strong stance for the alliance in the ME, Israel finds a real lasting peace, its game over for a large segment of the state dept hustlers and globalists who benefit from perpetual conflict there and their absurd appeals to emotion and authority.

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    • Julian says:

      The ‘Deep State’ ie – CIA and friends wants to get rid of MBS and sever Trump’s ties to his Saudi allies.

      Similar thing going on with Israel at the moment and Netanyahu.

      Thing is – if CIA leaked this who did the leak and who authorised the leak?

      If Haspel has anything to do with it she must be FIRED immediately. If not, she must do some investigating and firing of her own.

      Give her a month. If she can’t turn up anything – Fire her for incompetence in being unable to control her own agency.

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      • WSB says:

        I agree. This story must be confirmed, because I am tired of Lindsey Graham stating that MBS is crazy and must go. Watching Brett Baier’s show tonight, I became infuriated by Stoddard constantly taking jabs at PT over this. So I emailed her at Real Clear Politics:

        “This is for AB Stoddard, in disgust frankly.

        Regarding the Khashoggi event,

        One, he was CIA and moslem brotherhood.

        Two it is highly likely that Brennan, Al-Waleed and their co-conspirators did this to frame MBS, and you probably already know that.

        So keep your thin lips shut.

        The American public is SICK AND TIRED of the enemy of the American people, the press and the UniParty constantly ramrodding our President.

        Enough is enough!”

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      • Madi says:

        Haskell is “deep state” aware of tortures and false intelligence to get USA involve in illegal wars. Just think Afghanistan, Iraq,Lybbia, Syria, ect.
        McCain daughter and his wife, Bush’daughters, Chelsea Clinton, obama’s Girls should all be send to war, front line. Every senator has to send a family member to war they vote “yes” to invade.
        The only way to bring changes is to make people accountable for their criminal acts instead to make them “Hollywood Stars” . ( wishfull thinking I know)
        The head of the snake need to be cut off now.

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      • chipin8511 says:

        Brennen runs a 200 million a month drugs for weapons rat line of-VA George Webb has reported georgewebb.com. They are pissed Trump is dealing directly with Saudis taking kickback $$$$ from deep state operatives. Research this folks I believe it to be true

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    • weareallandrew says:

      Well said!

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    • The Mexican cartels killed 13 journo’s and about 135 candidates during their recent elections. Where was the MSM outrage over this? Kash was a Muslim Brotherhood spy, and all the players are barbarians. Hamas uses child suicide bombers. ISIS chops heads. Yemenis and Somalis chop arms. Iranians throw gays off buildings. Syrians gas their people. Iraqis unleash snipers on neighbors. The ME is a s**thole murderers row!

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  2. snarkybeach says:

    I could give a rat’s rear end about the death of a saudi citizen in a foreign country. the Left and the enemedia are very invested in tearing down SA and MBS and there are daily stories about Kashoggi on NPR and FNC.

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    • lurker2 says:

      It’s way more disturbing that the Democrats used our intelligence agencies and people in other countries to try to defeat an opposing party candidate and then, after he was elected, are trying to stage a coup to oust him. And that most of our media are propaganda outlets. The libs would be in an uproar if they found out Bush had done this to Obama.

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      • snarkybeach says:

        agreed. the D-RI congress critter Maria B interviewed couple weeks ago refused to entertain the fact that the FISA courts have been corrupted. Since Obama the Last did it, move along, nothing to see here.

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    • chipin8511 says:

      Went to high school with Bin Laden and a known terrorist who said bad things about the new Saudi regime big mistake so your dead and who cares not me. I just wish they would do that here oh wait the Clintons do that here kill enemies.

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  3. We are forced to deploy razor wire on our southern border and I should care why?

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  4. motreehouse says:

    Very interesting article about kashoggi’s history as a spy for a faction in Saudi Arabia that was ousted from power recently and by it’s obsfucation of this history the MSM uses His murder to place a barrier between the U.S Saudi relationship.
    re-tweet form Sundance’s twitter

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    • WSB says:

      I was so ticked off seeing AB Stoddard trash our President tonight on Brett Baier’s show, I emailed Real Clear Politics:

      “This is for AB Stoddard, in disgust frankly.

      Regarding the Khashoggi event,

      One, he was CIA and moslem brotherhood.

      Two it is highly likely that Brennan, Al-Waleed and their co-conspirators did this to frame MBS, and you probably already know that.

      So keep your thin lips shut.

      The American public is SICK AND TIRED of the enemy of the American people, the press and the UniParty constantly ramrodding our President.

      Enough is enough!”

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  5. fleporeblog says:

    Folks we are playing for all the marbles! We are at the cusp of the NWO ultimately succeeding versus Peace and Prosperity leading the way in the Middle East and Northern Africa. It all is linked to Iran 🇮🇷. The NWO folks realize they have months not years to protect the Iranian Regime. Once Iran 🇮🇷 falls, they can kiss their dreams goodbye.

    From the thread above:

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  6. President Trump is straight-shooting in the Middle East and has coordinated a Mexican standoff to our south, which ultimately will result in Mexico paying for a new wall – their southern border wall! LOL!

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  7. Bluto says:

    Kashoggi matters zero to me. I can’t imagine many Americans actually care either, other than the ones spending 20 hours a day in front of MSNBC.

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    • Lined-out Hymnody says:

      As I said in the thread about POTUS’s statement I had never heard of this man until his death. I don’t follow watch or listen to the media but the parts I hear the media mentions his name over and over again like he was a household name.

      The media is outraged, Erdogan and Turkey is outraged, deep state is outraged, the swamp is outraged so the best I can muster is to not speak ill of the dead.

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      • Deplorable_Infidel says:

        “the parts I hear the media mentions his name over and over again like he was a household name.”

        That is the tell-tale sign of the “mockingbird media” trying to implant lies into your brain.

        “When the only source of information is a combination of two monopolies; the education system and the mainstream media, both controlled by the government, then when you wake up and turn on TV, all you hear and see and feel is what the government is telling you to see, hear and feel and if the government is being run by an elite secret society who fancy themselves to control and own the world, both financially and politically, then all you have, is their words in your eras, their fictional world before your eyes and submission to their indoctrination in your mind. You are actually obeying them as they are projecting you by default”

        https://ellacruz.org/2018/01/17/fake-media-and-fake-school-trojan-horses/

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    • Michelle says:

      If anyone cares, it’s because the media or their hatred for Trump told them to care. Otherwise, they really don’t care.

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      • piper567 says:

        I really do like these State pressers.
        Pompeo says, I have 5 points to cover. Covers the 5 points.
        Pompeo says I will take a few Qs. Takes and answers a few Qs.
        Heather says, One more Q.
        Pompeo answers that Q, and they pick up papers and exit, stage right.
        nice and orderly.
        Hope the new Rules for the msm pressers achieve even 60% of this decorum.
        State does a really good job defining and shaping their pressers and controlling the subject matter.
        Kudos.

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        • oldschool says:

          Agree piper, which only goes to show exactly who bears responsibility for maintaining decorum. Sarah should have put her foot down with her bosses from day one demanding they compile rules and implement them. Believing that she had to subject herself to this abuse as part of her job is very sad. The fact that her superiors kept allowing it is unforgiveable. I would never work for anyone who didn’t have some sense of responsibility to provide a safe work environment and I’m not talking snowflake stuff or feminism stuff. Good employers value good employees.

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        • Just Beachy says:

          I’ve noticed this for a while now and have to say, it would be helpful if Pres. Trump (or someone on hand) would say: “Last question,” and have that actually be the LAST question. Also, if you don’t want to hear unruly shouting, don’t respond to unruly shouting. In his effort to be open, communicative and transparent, I’m noticing Pres. Trump will entertain questions when it might be better to not. The press has learned that even though he is saying “no more,” he actually does answer a few more. This rewards the unruly behavior and causes all the last minute trying and yelping for a question. IMO, we now have children running these press conferences and when behavior is allowed, or is rewarded, it continues.
          Not unlike bedtime for a 5 year old. Bedtime is bedtime and we will not continue to negotiate. (However, we can make it earlier if this crap continues 😉

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    • bromo says:

      Those who care want to either throw Trump or Israel or both under the bus. There is no other rational or logical reason for the selective outrage and sudden state-sponsored morality police.

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    • Most Americans don’t care about Kashoggi for the same reason they want our military out of the Middle East. Americans hate being there because we have no vital national security interests in that region.

      If Trump doesn’t get our military out the ME, he won’t muster enough votes to win 2020. You can’t go from finally being the one who would change our foreign policy and get us out of the ME to a 180 of the neocon playbook. These countries problems are not America’s problem. You can’t list the interests of Saudi Arabia, Israel, Iraq, Syria’s civil war and then say they are American interests. They are not.

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      • motreehouse says:

        If You believe Iran is not a threat to Our vital interests and security You are in need of hearing aids. “Death to America” Would You prefer We ship some more billions to the mullahs?

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        • They’ve been saying ‘Death to America’ since at least 1979. That is no cause to create a war over it. Iran is halfway around the world. If we didn’t have our troops there the threat wouldn’t be what it is. You don’t want our troops to be a target of the Iranians (me neither), how about we don’t send our troops to the ME in their backyard then. We actually have our own country we need to protect. Middle Eastern security is not our problem. They are responsible for their own security.

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          • motreehouse says:

            committee -I agree America should not be the policeman of the world, and that the warmongering neocon PNAC cabal was/is a pox on liberty. I also agree in the theory of blowback- that past foreign policy blunders like overthrowing democratically elected goverments contributes to radical islamic terrorism. President Trump’s goal is for the middle east to take care of itself. He is helping it happen by facilitating a come to Jesus moment with Israel, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Jordan, and others against Iran and radical islamic terrorism with very few of Our Men and Women being in harms way. Please go and read some of the foreign policy articles in the archives here. I was going to pick one as an example of the strategy the President is putting in place but there are just too many to choose from.

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            • Yes, I get that he’s trying to facilitate peace in the region by bringing them together. I’m just too jaded over that region and their history and the harm it has caused us to believe it will work. I mean if they can’t get along on their own then I don’t believe we can do it for them. It reminds me of NATO, as long as we’re in it, they are and were never going to step up to the same level as we are. But the ME is so much worse to me because the U.S. and our history has zero historical foundational ties to the ME. It’s night and day, oil and water. I just want our military out.

              But I do know what you are saying. I just hope that Trump has a pre-positioned point on his give-a-damn-meter where he says that’s it, we’re done trying, you’re on your own. Not our problem. Fingers crossed. I did notice he has few of our men & women in harms way & I really appreciate that. And a great sign is that Trump hasn’t said a word or offered any American troops to fight Israel’s war with Hamas and Iran’s proxies in Syria. Looks like he’s making them fight their own battle.

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  8. Is it my imagination or were the press rather subdued and respectful today?

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  9. “As President of the United States I intend to ensure that, in a very dangerous world, America is pursuing its national interests and vigorously contesting countries that wish to do us harm. Very simply it is called America First!”

    ~President Donald J Trump

    The United States, which is the American people, have no vital national security interests in the Middle East. The neocons are the ones who got us into the Middle East and want to keep us there, forever. The American people don’t give a rat’s behind about Saudi Arabia and Israel and the rest. Iran is a threat to its neighbors, those neighbors need to handle Iran, not us. Trump’s base will not tolerate and vote for this in 2020. It keeps our country in danger at our expense for foreign interests. And the neocons and their Middle East partners always, ALWAYS, have an urgent reason we can never leave. This is the world police role that Trump was elected to end and said he would do so.

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    • Cuppa Covfefe says:

      You’d probably like it over on Gateway Pundit…

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      • No, I’m for American interests. My loyalties aren’t with Middle Eastern regional interests. I’m with American interests. I’m with what Trump ran on, no more world police and getting us out of the Middle East and all the other Americans of both parties or no party who all know that the Middle East and their problems are not ours. Americans hate being in the ME and the neocons that put us there and will make sure our country dies for the ME, are the ones we voted against. If you think Trump’s America First voters are morons and are going to hear Trump list Saudi Arabia, the Syrian civil war and Israel as America First, you may be in for a little shock.

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  10. simicharmed says:

    I watched the entire video – then had to watch the last 30 seconds twice. Did Mike Pompeo just walk off/away when they shouted out “how can you trust the Saudi’s…etc?

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  11. Artymisfoul says:

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  13. Lactantius says:

    Jamal Khashoggi was a fake journalist and the fake news is drowning itself in fake sorrow and fake indignation. So, I would like to offer some fake advice: Go fake yourselves……and the mule you rode in on.

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  14. All the analysis I’ve seen assumes that he wanted to stay alive. I think he went there on a scheduled suicide mission on behalf of the MB–Erdogan, the Ayatollah and Brennan & Co. and in order to harm the US/Saudi/Israeli alliance.

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  15. Right to reply says:

    It all begins to make sense now. I’m thinking back to when some in the media suggested Trump ordered the killing of Koshoggi. Koshoggi appears to be a spy/agent, and not a journalist.

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    • Right to reply says:

      Also, note Brennan is screaming the loudest about Koshoggi…

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    • yucki says:

      It’s not working out like the Turk and his MB expected!

      From the enemedia counterpart of the NYT:
      [paywall Haaretz yech, poo]

      …Mohammed bin Salman is well aware of the power of Jewish and evangelical lobbyists, but his prior meetings with Jewish and pro-Israel groups took place in Washington. In March, he held a six-hour-long meeting with six leading Jewish organizations, including AIPAC and the Anti-Defamation League. He did not meet with groups further to the left, such as J Street or Americans for Peace Now.

      What was new about last week’s meeting was that it took place in the Saudi capital. Its timing was not coincidental. The crown prince also owes a big favor to Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu, who lobbied on behalf of the Saudi crown prince with Trump, taking the position that although Khashoggi’s murder was a horrible thing, relations with Saudi Arabia were more important.

      Surely Khashoggi never could have imagined that his death would actually bring about closer relations between Saudi Arabia and Israel. The question of whether this warming of ties will lead to full diplomatic relations doesn’t depend only on flirtations with evangelical and Jewish groups, but mainly over the nature of the gestures that Israel would be prepared to make towards the Palestinians – gestures that would have to reach far enough to justify full diplomatic relations.

      https://www.haaretz.com/middle-east-news/.premium-saudi-arabia-and-u-s-on-collision-course-as-mohammed-bin-salman-s-standing-ebbs-1.6659009

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  16. stablesort says:

    It’s unforgivable that our intelligence agencies leaked such damaging information to the media to damage our relationship with Saudi Arabia.

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  17. Right to reply says:

    “Big Media’s constant description of Khashoggi as having been a mere “journalist” is a huge and consequential deception. It’s not clear exactly for whom or for what powers and interests Khashoggi was working when he wrote his Washington Post columns, but anyone who understands how the world operates should have a high degree of confidence in saying that he was never a journalist in the sense that word is understood in the free nations of the West.

    Of course, he had the writing, editing and broadcasting skills of a journalist, but so do a myriad of other foreign intelligence agents around the world who use journalism as a cover—and in the case of publishing or broadcasting enterprises owned by authoritarian governments, it’s a completely see-through cover. ” https://www.powerlineblog.com/archives/2018/11/jamal-khashoggi-the-man-and-the-myth.php

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  18. He was bin Laden’s best friend.

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  19. positron1352 says:

    Papadopoulos tweeted there is a relationship with Khashoggi and Christopher Steele.

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  20. yucki says:

    Delicious unintended consequences:

    Turkey and Qatar: An Alliance Under the Saudi Sword

    • The new U.S. leverage that emerged after the Saudi embarrassment is the same leverage that the U.S. can now use to broker an entente between Saudi Arabia and Qatar.

    • That there may be a Saudi-Qatari rapprochement might be bad news for Erdogan. A future Saudi-Qatari deal would force Turkey militarily out of the Gulf and force Erdogan entirely to recalibrate his quest for Turkish leadership in the Sunni ummah (global community).

    • Qatar’s distance from Erdogan regarding the Khashoggi murder signals a Qatari-Saudi entente. Qatar may well be breaking away from its alliance with Turkey.

    • This will give the Saudis an upper hand in their rivalry with Erdogan in Sunni leadership of the ummah. If Erdogan loses Qatar to Saudi Arabia, he will be paying geostrategic price as well as an economic one.

    https://www.gatestoneinstitute.org/13205/turkey-qatar-saudi-arabia

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  21. Pew-Anon says:

    Call me crazy, but maybe Pompeo should be more concerned about the hoards of Muslim Brotherhood invaders in his own State Department than the fate of one MB member in Turkey.

    Just a thought

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