LEADER ISSUES - Problems, Concerns Mike Pompeo
MIKE POMPEO Leadership Position Former Secretary of State, Start March 2018-2021; Trump appointed. Rex Tillerson preceded, dismissed. Note: This is not an attempt to attack Mike Pompeo, but an effort to hear both sides of the story about him by weighing in on various pieces of information and opinion, including his own words. Also, it is to take a look at what he has been involved in and his various approaches and responses. This individual is very bright, having graduated first in his class in military engineering from the US Military Academy (West Point), and has a law degree from Harvard. He served in the military five years and then was an attorney. (See military.wiki and businessinsider-2020/05/20 below) Partial Career Background CIA 2017-2018 Director Trump appointed him in Jan. 2017 US Army officer 1986-91 o see https://military.wikia.org/wiki/Mike_Pompeo House of Representatives 2011-2017 Kansas 4th Congressional District Republican National Committee Tea Party member (Republican) 2021 Hudson Institute - Washington, DC - joined after being Secretary of State o Distinguished Fellow (see Townhall-2021/06/11) Thayer Aerospace Koch connected: Venture funding for Thayer Aerospace (a private organization) included a nearly 20% investment from Koch Industries Sentry International Koch connected: After selling Thayer Aerospace, Pompeo then became president of Sentry International, an oilfield equipment manufacturer that was also a partner of Koch Industries. ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- LINKS LIST Youtube 2021/02/25--https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5ub9FrVbp3A standing against China Beijing games 2020/08/13 pub https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lRQYszZ9fcY Pompeo warns Russia against bounties on US 2020/01/27--https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aqtu5R2PFWI Chris Wallace finally loses it on Fox colleague ON AIR 2020/12/09--https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Opoko2sNxrU Pompeo delivers remarks on China challenge to US National Security 2019/11/15--https://abcnews.go.com/Politics/video/ambassador-ukraine-testifies-impeaching-hearings-67041888 2019/10/11--https://www.theblaze.com/shows/the-glenn-beck-program/yovanovitch-blocked-ukraine-investigation 2020/05/20--https://www.businessinsider.com/who-is-mike-pompeo-2017-11#in-june-2017-pompeo-told-msnbc-that-he- frequently-speaks-to-trump-about-north-korea-saying-i-hardly-ever-escape-a-day-at-the-white-house-without-the- president-asking-me-about-north-korea-and-how-it-is-that-the-united-states-is-responding-to-that-threat-18 2021/06/15--https://cavpac.com/news/pompeo-launches-cavpac-to-champion-american-values/ 2020/06/12--https://www.citizensforethics.org/news/press-releases/crew-files-criminal-complaint-against-mike-pompeo/ https://www.cnn.com/2021/06/15/politics/mike-pompeo-2024-trump/index.html 2020/03/05--https://www.cnn.com/2020/03/05/politics/icc-afghanistan-pompeo/index.html 2021/07/26--https://www.dailynews.com/2021/07/26/mike-pompeo-says-faith-in-god-should-drive-gop-nation-as-he- returns-to-southern-california/ 2021/02/25--https://www.foxnews.com/politics/pompeo-reaction-syria-airstrikes-not-just-bombs-in-desert https://www.fox9.com/news/on-final-day-in-office-secretary-of-state-mike-pompeo-says-multiculturalism-is-not-who- america-is [Note from PF: this article seems likely biased from the minority/leftist point of view] 2020/01/27--https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2020/jan/27/mary-louise-kelly-mike-pompeo-satire- 2020/0820--https://thehill.com/homenews/house/514134-engel-announces-contempt-proceedings-against-pompeo 2020/01/27--https://thehill.com/homenews/media/480073-fox-news-host-knocks-pompeo-for-attack-on-npr-host-dont-be- such-a-baby 2021/07/08--https://www.huffpost.com/entry/mike-pompeo-founding-dangerous-tweet- reaction_n_60e69d84e4b0f28cac98a629 https://www.krqe.com/news/politics/pompeo-denies-impropriety-in-firing-of-state-dept-watchdog/ https://military.wikia.org/wiki/Mike_Pompeo https://www.nationalreview.com/news/rep-banks-calls-on-barr-pompeo-to-bring-international-criminal-court-case- against-china-over-coronavirus-coverup/ 2021/01/11--https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/politics-news/pompeo-defends-shake-voice-america-n1253808 2019/11/21--https://www.newsweek.com/mike-pompeo-toast-not-going-jail-extraordinary-accomplishment-ethics-lawyer- 1473179 2020/01/25--https://www.npr.org/2020/01/25/799470712/encore-nprs-full-interview-with-secretary-of-state-mike-pompeo 2021/02/05--https://nypost.com/2021/02/05/pompeo-slams-biden-over-america-is-back-foreign-policy/ 2021/06/15--https://www.politico.com/news/2021/06/15/pompeo-launches-political-group-494513 2021/02/26--https://www.politicususa.com/2021/02/26/pompeo-on-bidens-syria-airstrikes.html 2019/11/20--https://www.politico.com/news/2019/11/20/what-did-mike-pompeo-know-ukraine-072072 https://www.rferl.org/a/trump-s-defense-skirts-past-bolton-revelations-on-aid-to-ukraine/30401656.html 2019/12/31--http://ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/featured-articles/2019/december/31/did-pompeo-go-off-reservation-in-iraq- attack/ 2020/09/27--https://thespectator.info/2020/09/27/president-mike- pompeo/?__cf_chl_jschl_tk__=pmd_5c5644ff81e252a7753aa4ce8dc506bc9c0d85a8-1628277662-0-gqNtZGzNAfijcnBszQh6 2020/12/08--https://spectatorworld.com/author/mike-pompeo/ 2021/06/13--https://townhall.com/tipsheet/rebeccadowns/2021/06/13/sec-mike-pompeo-fires-back-against-charge-that- trump-administration-didnt-do-enoug 2021/06/11--https://townhall.com/columnists/gabriellahoffman/2021/06/11/secretary-pompeo-isnt-afraid-to-make-waves-in- politics-n2590838 2020/12/23--https //townhall com/columnists/austinbay/2020/12/23/the-enemy-is-fragility-pompeos-new-strategy-n2582018 2021/05/19--https //ukranews com/en/news/703279-the-former-us-ambassador-yovanovitch-blocked-a-return-to-ukraine- of-money-stolen-during-the 2017--https://www.usnews.com/news/politics/articles/2017-01-12/10-things-you-didnt-know-about-mike-pompeo 2021/06/15--https //www washingtonexaminer.com/news/politics/pompeo-launches-pac-to-boost-republicans 2021/04/21--https //www washingtonexaminer com/news/campaigns/mike-pompeo-strategy-to-stay-relevant-for-2024- takes-shape 2021/03/20--https //www washingtonexaminer com/news/mike-pompeo-interview-china-who-covid-wuhan-lab COMMENTS One thing we need to keep in mind is that the Democrats were out for blood on anything Trump. Pompeo was a strong Trump supporter and was and is a Republican conservative. Democrats were digging for anything and everything during Trump’s entire prsidency. They never let up for a minutes. It was a grueling, nasty four years. In addition, blacks, browns and the far left have been bashing whites - especially white politicians - and the more conservative portions of the United States. Mike Pompeo, because he is white and conservative, got caught in that. This digging at the other party’s members is something that happens between parties anyway all the time, but it was especially aggressive and sinister during the Trump administration. We need to look at both alleged and actual, as well as context in the attacks against Pompeo. It would be hard for anyone to concentrate, hold their ground, remain strong in self, in the midst of all those attacks and negativity. There are approaches and personal views Pompeo has that match such here at Police Factor. As such, there is no interest here in slamming him for being backwards,a racist, hugely corrupt or anything like that. Nonetheless, there are signs that Pompeo might have had a big business, elitist approach to doing politics, one that might have sided with certain old players like Saudi Arabia. The Saudi Arabia connection is one that goes way back in time and should be a top-of-mind awareness and concern. He might have been too much under the influence of Trump to swerve clear of some pot holes, like the Ukraine mess. The Ukraine/USA situation involving either Biden/his son or Trump/Giuliani/Pompeo is still not entirely clear. But he might have had a strong pro-American, old Army core which wanted to play out while having that elitist business side. Sometimes getting used to dealing with big bucks can take you away from the man on the ground but parts of you remain rooted to that anyway. Perhaps this partly describes Pompeo, who is an Army veteran. In the Army, one gets certain kudos for having gone up through the chain of command; once reaching higher tiers, some might feel one deservse some respect and special privileges. Pompeo, like many other military veterans, stepped out of the lower grade pay statuses into the world of big business which takes a person somewhere far removed from the grunt work of the man on the ground. It also appears he was not a career man, not the 30 year veteran, he moved onto other things fairly early in life. Pompeo was in the middle of everything during the Trump administration. Like other major leaders, he is very intertwined with big business, including aerospace and petroleum. He seemed to have too strong of a leaning toward Saudi Arabia. There are signs of game-playing and deception over the Ukraine issues; he had close ties with President Trump's personal attorney, Rudy Giuliani. He had major issues with the IG who questioned his activities and reported, and was later fired. Although Pompeo says it was not out of retaliation, one has to wonder. Pompeo has visited and shaken hands with many major country leaders, including that of North Korea. Wikipedia https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mike_Pompeo [extracted from Internet 2021/08/05] Pompeo's good points Warnings about China Pompeo's alleged or actual bad points . Under Pompeo's tenure, career State Department officials quit, were forced into retirement or fired, and were replaced by inexperienced political appointees. In Too partisan for Trump and allies Personal favors for self and wife on job Using office to campaign for Republicans Overly critical and dismissive of longterm staffers, incl. State Dept. inspector General IG had a report listing over 100 misconduct instances - personal errands https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mike_Pompeo Michael Richard Pompeo is an American politician, diplomat, businessman, and attorney who served under President Donald Trump as Director of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) from 2017 to 2018 and as the 70th United States Secretary of State from 2018 to 2021. Pompeo is a former United States Army officer. He was a member of the United States House of Representatives from 2011 to 2017, representing Kansas's 4th congressional district. He was a Kansas representative on the Republican National Committee. Pompeo is also a member of the Tea Party movement within the Republican Party. Once a critic of Donald Trump, whom he called an "authoritarian", Pompeo became one of his biggest supporters after Trump became the Republican nominee in the 2016 presidential election. President Donald Trump appointed Pompeo Director of the Central Intelligence Agency in January 2017. Trump promoted Pompeo to Secretary of State in March 2018, with Pompeo succeeding Rex Tillerson after his dismissal. Pompeo was confirmed by the Senate on April 26, 2018, in a 57–42 vote and was sworn in the same day. During his tenure as Secretary of State, Pompeo was described as among the staunchest Trump loyalists in the Cabinet. During his tenure, he routinely flouted norms and protocols followed by his predecessors. These included using his office to campaign for Trump's re-election officials, firing and criticizing State Department inspectors general, and standing on the sidelines while Trump and his allies harassed career diplomats. A State Department Inspector General report found more than 100 instances of misconduct where Pompeo requested that State Department staff perform personal errands for him and his wife. Under Pompeo's tenure, career State Department officials quit, were forced into retirement or fired, and were replaced by inexperienced political appointees. In January 2021, Pompeo joined the Hudson Institute. https://www.alternet.org/2021/08/mike-pompeo/ https://www.americanoversight.org/new-lawsuit-seeks-records-of-complaints-about-mike-pompeo-conduct https://bipartisanreport.com/2021/05/24/disgraced-mike-pompeo-hit-with-federal-lawsuit-demanding-1-8m/ https://www.huffpost.com/entry/gordon-sondland-sues-mike-pompeo-impeachment-legal- expenses_n_60abc950e4b09604b5256e49 https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2021/08/05/daily-202-lets-talk-about-mike-pompeos-missing-5800-whisky-gift/ TOPICS HUFFINGTON POST BIAS on Pompeo Highlighted here because it has an ongoingly unusually strong bias against Mike Pompeo. Here are some of Huff Post’s articles on Pompeo. Notice the repeated negative and sometimes downright hostile or sneering tone. Identify who has done some quality investigative journalism into HuffPost, and into the anti-Trump and anti-Pompeo writers. Apparent Position on Certain Forms of Torture US News 2017/01/12 10 Things You Didn't Know About Mike Pompeo. The Kansas representative is Donald Trump's nominee to run the Central Intelligence Agency. By Stephen Mays https://www.usnews.com/news/politics/articles/2017-01-12/10-things-you-didnt-know-about-mike-pompeo Excerpt: Pompeo has also supported the CIA resuming the use of waterboarding and other interrogation techniques condemned as torture. https://www.usnews.com/news/politics/articles/2017-01-12/10-things-you-didnt-know-about-mike-pompeo Apparent Take on Critical Race Theory and Responses https://www.huffpost.com/entry/mike-pompeo-founding-dangerous-tweet-reaction_n_60e69d84e4b0f28cac98a629 Donors Club, Fan Club https://www.huffpost.com/entry/mike-pompeo-pipehitters_n_60c9419de4b0e08ef7ba24a7 https://www.huffpost.com/entry/stephen-colbert-mike-pompeo-pipehitters_n_60dd4135e4b0b5e17610404e Working at Fox News https://www.huffpost.com/entry/mike-pompeo-fox-news-conflict-ethics_n_60750faee4b0fcee71a14aa0 On Whiskey GIft question https://www.huffpost.com/entry/mike-pompeo-japan-whiskey-gift_n_610adf23e4b0b94f6077fef7 Updates 2021/08/08 Topics section added; Huffpost bias section added; 2021/08/03 PAGE STARTED-Leticia James;
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