Pompeo blasts China in RNC address from Israel
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo addressed the Republican National Convention last night from Israel saying that “the way each of us can best ensure our freedom is by electing leaders who don’t just talk but who deliver,” in a reference to the foreign-policy contrast between Trump’s accomplishments over four years and Joe Biden’s failures over 40 years in government.
Pompeo is currently traveling through the Middle East in support of peace efforts by the Trump administration that saw a breakthrough peace agreement between the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Israel.
Pompeo says that his address to the convention was done on his own time, without any support from the American taxpayer.
Indeed, except for the backdrop, Pompeo’s address was indistinguishable from other addresses given remotely because of COVID-19.
In his address, Pompeo cited a laundry list of foreign policy accomplishments of President Trump: standing up to China, getting North Korea to give up nuclear tests, eliminating ISIS, scuttling the Iran nuclear buyout, moving the U.S. Embassy in Israel to Jerusalem and the recent accord between Israel and UAE.
Pompeo said that Trump has delivered on his primary constitutional duty to keep the country safe through “bold initiatives in nearly every corner of the world.”
The Secretary of State then opened up the heaviest artillery of the night on Chairman Xi and China’s Communist Party.
“In China,” said Pompeo, “[Trump] has torn back the curtain on the predatory aggression of the Chinese Communist Party. The president has held China accountable for covering up the China virus, and allowing it to spread death and economic destruction in America and around the world.”
Pompeo said that the President Trump “will not rest until justice is done” because of the damage done to the world by the virus.
“He has ensured that the Chinese Communist Party spies, posing as diplomats in America are jailed or sent back to China. And he has ended the ridiculously unfair trade arrangement with China that punched a hole in our economy.”
Democrats have cried foul over Pompeo’s address, saying that while maybe it wasn’t a legal violation of the Hatch Act, prohibiting certain government employees from speaking on political topics, it violated tradition that has not seen a Secretary of State address a political convention in 75 years.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) said the address by a sitting Secretary of State while on foreign soil to a national political convention was “appalling.”
“I have to laugh at Speaker Pelosi,” said House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) of the criticism regarding the Secretary’s address. “Mike Pompeo is doing this on his own time. No government funding is being spent.”
He added that if Pelosi was really worried about the country, she’d get the Democrats to come back to D.C. to pass COVID relief measures.
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