Mike Pompeo

  • Venezuela 6 hours ago

    Venezuela’s Guaido to Meet Pompeo in Colombia

    Venezuela opposition leader Juan Guaidó has traveled to Colombia to participate alongside U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in a regional counter-terrorism meeting. It’s a new show of support by the Trump administration for the man it says is the country’s legitimate leader. From Bogota, Guaidó plans to travel to Europe.

  • Mike Pompeo Jan 18

    Pompeo Breaks Silence on Alleged Threats to Envoy in Ukraine

    Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has broken three days of silence over the alleged surveillance and threats to the former U.S. ambassador to Ukraine. In interviews with conservative radio hosts on Friday, Pompeo said he had no knowledge of either until earlier this week when congressional Democrats released documents from an associate of President Donald Trump’s personal attorney suggesting that...

  • Trump administration Jan 15

    Fact Check: Trump Administration’s Shifting Statements on Soleimani’s Death

    Since announcing on Jan. 2 that a U.S. operation had killed Iranian Gen. Qassem Soleimani, the Trump administration has offered various accounts of the intelligence assessments that President Donald Trump relied on to make his decision. Initially, Trump administration officials said Soleimani was planning an “imminent attack” against U.S. service members and diplomats without providing any evidence or offering any details....

  • Mike Pompeo Jan 10

    Pompeo Says Iran Was Planning ‘Attacks on US Embassies. Period. Full Stop’

    Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Friday that Iran and Gen. Qasem Soleimani were planning attacks on U.S. interests, including embassies, before the United State launched a strike to kill the general. The administration has not made their evidence public.

  • Cuba Jan 10

    US Bans Charter Flights to Cuban Cities Besides Havana

    The Trump administration is banning charter flights to Cuban cities besides Havana in a new tightening of U.S. restrictions on the island. In October, the administration banned commercial flights to cities outside the capital. The State Department said in a press release Friday that charter operators would have 60 days to wind down their flights to Santiago, Holguin and seven…

  • Iraq Jan 10

    US Dismisses Iraq Request to Work on a Troop Withdrawal Plan

    Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul-Mahdi has told the U.S. secretary of state to send a delegation to Iraq tasked with formulating the mechanism for the withdrawal of U.S troops from Iraq.

  • Trump administration Jan 8

    Trump, Top Officials Mount Defense Over Soleimani Killing

    President Donald Trump and his top officials on Tuesday mounted a full court press defending the killing of Qasem Soleimani, the top Iranian commander blown up in an American airstrike last week, amid continuing criticism over the move. Trump said Soleimani, whom he called a “monster” who was responsible for recently killing an American and injuring several others, was planning...

  • Iran Jan 7

    Pompeo Downplays Possibility of US Strikes on Iranian Cultural Sites

    U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said every action taken will be “conducted inside the international laws of war.”

  • Trump administration Jan 7

    Pompeo Tells McConnell He Won’t Run for Senate, Sources Say

    Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Monday that he would not be seeking a Senate seat, according to two people familiar with the conversation.

  • Iran Jan 6

    Trump Doubles Down on Striking Iran Cultural Sites, Issues Warning to Iraq

    President Donald Trump insisted Sunday that Iranian cultural sites were fair game for the U.S. military, dismissing concerns within his own administration that doing so could constitute a war crime under international law. He also warned Iraq that he would levy punishing sanctions if it expelled American troops in retaliation for a U.S. airstrike in Baghdad that killed a...

  • Donald Trump Dec 30, 2019

    Pompeo to Visit Ukraine as Senate Weighs Impeachment Trial

    Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will visit Ukraine this week, making his first trip to the country at the heart of President Donald Trump’s impeachment. As the Senate weighs options for a trial, Pompeo will depart Thursday on a five-nation tour of Europe and Central Asia. Ukraine will be the first stop on the trip, the State Department said...

  • Trump administration Dec 15, 2019

    Horse-Trading Iran Hawks Seize on Pompeo’s Senate Interest

    In recent days, Iran hawks in Congress leveraged Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s interest in a Senate run to win a key concession from the Trump administration that could help their bid to kill the nuclear deal with Tehran. Late last week, the State Department agreed to release a portion of an internal legal opinion that says the U.S. has the...

  • Russia Dec 11, 2019

    Trump Meets Russian Official as Impeachment Charges Unveiled

    President Donald Trump is meeting with the Russian foreign minister at the White House just hours after House Democrats announced articles of impeachment against him. Democrats claim Trump enlisted Ukraine to investigate his political rivals, including Joe Biden, while temporarily withholding aid from the country, which is fighting Russian aggression. Sergey Lavrov met earlier with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo,...

  • Nov 23, 2019

    New Documents Show Contacts Between Giuliani and Pompeo

    Newly released documents show Donald Trump’s personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani was in contact with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in the months before the U.S. ambassador to Ukraine was abruptly recalled. The State Department released the documents Friday to the group American Oversight in response to a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit. They show that Pompeo talked with Giuliani on...

  • Nov 22, 2019

    Mystery Grows Over Trump Administration Hold on Lebanon Aid

    The Trump administration is withholding more than $100 million in U.S. military assistance to Lebanon that has been approved by Congress and is favored by his national security team, an assertion of executive control of foreign aid that is similar to the delay in support for Ukraine at the center of the impeachment inquiry. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on...

  • Nov 22, 2019

    Iran Internet Slowly Revives; US Sanctions Telecom Minister

    The internet slowly trickled back on in Iran on Friday after a dayslong shutdown by authorities amid protests and unrest that followed government-set gasoline prices sharply rising, as the U.S. sanctioned the country’s prominent telecommunications minister over the outage. A week after the gasoline hike, the loosening of the internet shutdown suggests Iran’s government believes it put down the demonstrations...

  • Nov 21, 2019

    WATCH: David Hale’s Opening Statement From Impeachment Hearing

    David Hale, the undersecretary of state for political affairs, makes his opening statement during an afternoon impeachment hearing on Nov. 20, 2019.

  • Nov 21, 2019

    Cooper Sheds New Light on Ukrainian Assistance Timeline

    Assistant Deputy Secretary of Defense Laura Cooper testified on Wednesday and revealed a new timeline for when Ukrainian officials began to inquire about previously allocated military aid being withheld.

  • Nov 20, 2019

    Ukraine Asked About Aid on Day of Trump Call: Official

    In a blow to GOP defenses of President Donald Trump, a Defense Department official said Wednesday the Ukrainian government asked “what was going on” with U.S. military aid as early as July 25 — the very day that Trump asked Ukraine’s president to investigate Democrats. Testifying in an evening hearing, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense Laura Cooper told lawmakers her...

  • Nov 20, 2019

    Takeaways From Impeachment Hearing With Gordon Sondland

    Gordon Sondland, President Donald Trump’s ambassador to the European Union, was the most anticipated witness in the House impeachment inquiry and his testimony Wednesday showed why. He made repeated references to a quid pro quo involving Ukraine and invoked the names of senior Trump administration officials who, he said, knew what was going on. He also confirmed the existence of...

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