Mr. Secretary, good to have you with us.
POMPEO: Hello, Laura. Good to be with you.
Q: So what do you make of that comment from the foreign minister?
POMPEO: So it’s not the first time that Mr. Zarif has made these kinds of threats, but the real decision-making there
Q: Mr. Secretary, you have a cold. I can hear it.
POMPEO: Just a bit.
Q: Oh, you poor guy. Well, you’re flying all over creation. (Laughter.) You’re flying all over creation.
POMPEO: I’ll be just fine.
Q: Oh, no, I know. But as a mother, I worry about all my friends who are sick, so thank you for playing sick here with us.
So right now the Europeans – there’s developing persistence, split in opinion on what to do with
POMPEO: Laura, so far the German Government has not changed its
Q: So the sanctions go in place on Monday, correct?
POMPEO: Yes, ma’am, Monday.
Q: Okay. And they’ll feel them immediately or will it take a little time to settle in?
POMPEO: So, Laura, they’re already feeling them. But as the
Q: Just going back to Germany, boy, have Merkel’s fortunes changed. Obviously, she’ll be finishing up her last term, but she’s been there for I guess 13 years or so. And she’s leaving as head of her party.
POMPEO: So we have many places where the Europeans work alongside us. We clearly have some where
Q: CNBC reported yesterday, Mr. Secretary, that North Korea is reportedly preparing nuclear and missile sites for international inspectors. What can you tell us about – I know you are going to go meet with your North Korean
POMPEO: So I can’t say much about what’s taking place on the ground, but I can make clear that when I was with Chairman Kim, now three, three and a half weeks ago, he committed to allowing American
Q: I want to move to China,
POMPEO: Laura, China is probably, over the long term, the biggest challenge, national security challenge that faces our
It is a multipronged effort on behalf of all of the United States Government, at the President’s direction, to convince China to behave like a normal nation on commerce and
Q: Yeah. I mean, I know you have to go, Mr. Secretary, but just so people understand this. Our trade policy with China has had a real effect inside China. They already have structural weaknesses within China at large, but they had
SECRETARY POMPEO: Thank you, Laura.
QUESTION: -- on that next meeting with your North Korean counterpart, and get better, get well, okay?
SECRETARY POMPEO: Thank you, Laura. So long.
Mr. Secretary, welcome to the Brian Kilmeade Show.
POMPEO: Good morning, Brian. How are you today?
POMPEO: So we are now just a handful of days from all of the sanctions that the previous administration had relieved
POMPEO: So that’s right. So an Iranian intelligence officer was in Denmark
Q: So back to what led to the JCPOA, which is an agreement the President promised to rip up
POMPEO: So, so far, Brian, the Europeans have stayed in the
Q: So the Iranian foreign minister was on CBS, Mohammad Zarif, and he’s got a problem
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Q: So what do you think he’s talking about?
POMPEO: Boy, it’s difficult to know. We know this: This is not the first time that Mr. Zarif has made threats against the United States.
We are hopeful that Zarif’s boss, the ayatollah, the man who actually makes all the decisions – it’s not Mr. Zarif, it’s the ayatollah – that the ayatollah will see the error
When they do, President Trump’s made very clear we’re happy to talk with the Iranians and
Q: Any indication – have they reached out to you guys at all
POMPEO: We’ve seen no indications of any change in their behavior, Brian. None at all.
Q: A lot of focus on Saudi Arabia, their archenemy in the region. You’re either in the Iranian camp or the Saudi camp, and that camp has
POMPEO: Look, the death of Jamal Khashoggi is tragic. It’s an awful thing that took place. The killing, the murder of Jamal Khashoggi in the consulate in Turkey violates the norms of
But Brian, I want to remind your listeners there are long – since FDR, long, strategic
Q: Right. If you look at what he’s done with the prime minister of Lebanon, if you look at what he did at the Ritz-Carlton, jailing the family until they did exactly what he wanted, they say the haphazard way in which they’re conducting the war in Yemen
In fact, General Michael Hayden says this: “The only way to salvage [this] relationship between the United
Are you going to re-evaluate, if not – you just told me you’re not going to break,
POMPEO: Brian, we’ve got to see where the facts ultimately lead us. We truly have a responsibility to America, to the American people, to ensure that we have a good relationship with the Kingdom
Q: Now let’s switch, if we can. I know we have a couple more
I mean, we have two superpowers staring each other down. Where is this heading, Mr. Secretary?
Q: Mr. Secretary, I know you have to run. My last question is: Do you expect any progress in the G20 to start healing the rift between these nations? Or are we not at the point
POMPEO: I’m very hopeful that there’ll be good, constructive – to your point – healing conversations at the G20 at the end of November. I’m looking forward to it; I know President Trump is very much looking forward to being there and being with his