POMPEO: Greta, it’s great to be with you.
Q: This is your second trip to Mexico, but why are you here now in Mexico?
Q: All right,
POMPEO: Mexico agrees that it’s not constructive to have unlawful migration transit from these Northern Triangle countries through Mexico into the United States, and so part of my mission here today is to coordinate with them in a way that takes
Q: What is Mexico’s strategy to stop the caravan?
POMPEO: So we’re working with the current government. It’s their strategy, and we recognize Mexican sovereignty, their right to make the decisions the way they want.
Q: I imagine one of the things we have to worry about, the root reason why
POMPEO: So the new Mexican Government has a vision for how they will work to create jobs and wealth in the
Q: President Trump has said, and I’m sure – I mean, I suspect the Mexican authorities brought it up with you – is that if they come up to
POMPEO: We talked about a whole wide range of alternatives, alternatives that the Mexican Government could take, that the Northern
Q: Who are the outside forces? What groups?
POMPEO: There are political opponents of the Honduran leadership that are underwriting
Q: Before you came to Mexico, you were in Panama. Why did you stop in Panama?
POMPEO: Longtime partner of the United States on
Q: Are you suspicious of the motive of the Chinese investment in Panama?
Q: In what way?
POMPEO: Look, we’ve watched this all around the world. Panama is fortunate; they’re
And we think it’s very important that if the Chinese want to invest that’s great, but it needs to be done in a way that is transparent and open and in the best interests of the
Q: So how do you convince Panama to turn down Chinese money? Does
POMPEO: A country like Panama is pretty straightforward. They want to be part of Western society, right? They want to do things by the book, by the rule of law, without corruption. They want to
And so you just talk about how you can help make sure
Q: Well, it
POMPEO: Yeah, China is intent on that. And again, we don’t have
Q: And have you brought that up with China, about their trading in the Western – about them operating in Panama?
POMPEO: I don’t know that I’ve brought up Panama in particular, but I’ve certainly brought up
Q: Venezuela was – is also an issue in this hemisphere. It’s a failed state. President Maduro – it doesn’t look like it’s getting any better. What
POMPEO: We’ve been very consistent. We have urged the people of Venezuela to restore democracy to their own country, and you’ve seen the sanctions that we put in place, not only against the country, which sometimes have an
Q: Coincidentally, I was at the border of Venezuela
POMPEO: It’s tough, lots of migration there as well.
Q: And with no hope. I mean, they tell me stories about how the whole – the industry has collapsed to the extent that it
POMPEO: We are searching for a solution which will deliver democracy to Venezuela, and then it can go back to being a country with
Q: Can, will the U.S., or do you ...
POMPEO: I’ve been pretty consistent at our pattern of identifying sanctions that we think will deliver on that democratic outcome, and so I – while I don’t want to tell you what we’ll do tomorrow, I’m confident we will
Q: You used the term “transition.” Is that sort of a – is that a word for a coup? I mean,
POMPEO: I expect the Venezuelan people to restore democracy to their country. If they happen to choose Maduro, well, the Venezuelan people get to choose. I – as you’ve described the horrors that Maduro has inflicted on his people, that
Q: Have you followed the litigation with Citgo, which is 90 percent of the income to the government of Venezuela is from their oil from Citgo, and now there’s a question of who’s – what’s going to happen with Citgo, which will only add increased financial
POMPEO: I am. It’s a very complicated issue, but we are – Treasury and State Department are both following this very, very closely, and we’re constantly re-evaluating our approach to all of the economic issues surrounding
Q: All right. This is not your first trip this week. You were also over in the Middle East. You were in Saudi Arabia and Turkey. How do you describe currently the importance – the U.S. – the importance of Saudi Arabia to the United States?
POMPEO: They have been a
Q: If the investigation turns out – and the investigation is ongoing – that the crown prince or the king had
POMPEO: Well, the President has said that it – there’ll have to be
POMPEO: So my second stop this week was in Ankara. I met with President Erdogan and
Q: It’s incredibly complicated, isn’t it?
Q: Indeed, complicated. All right, North Korea. You were recently over in that region and it was announced that some military exercises with South Korea are going to be postponed, the ones that were scheduled for December. Do you anticipate a
POMPEO: I do.
Q: How do you define very near future?
POMPEO: Yeah, I – (laughter) – so I’m not prepared to tell you when it’s going to be as the date has not yet been set. But the President is committed
Q: What surprised you the
POMPEO: Goodness, I’m not sure much has surprised me in the sense of, this is very difficult. For decades, North Korea has depended on their nuclear arsenal or the promise thereof as their lynchpin for their security. And so to make
POMPEO: It’s the only question I’m not going to answer, Greta. They are both great jobs and --
Q: Wait, which one do you get more sleep with?
Q: Which do you get more sleep with?
POMPEO: I think I got a little more sleep in the previous one.
Q: All right. Thank you, Mr. Secretary.
POMPEO: Thank you, Greta.