Mike Pompeo

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At G7, Pompeo's Insistence on 'Wuhan Virus' Caused Rift

No joint declaration could be agreed upon, sources say

(Newser) - The Trump administration has been controversially referring to the coronavirus that causes COVID-19 as the "Chinese virus" or "Wuhan virus," and three officials from G7 countries tell the Washington Post that Mike Pompeo's insistence on using the term "Wuhan virus" led to a rift at... More »

Pompeo's NPR Feud Continues With a 'Perfect Message'

Secretary of state says barring reporter from trip after dust-up with another reporter is appropriate

(Newser) - After Mike Pompeo berated NPR journalist Mary Louise Kelly last month in an expletive-filled rant for turning a discussion about Iran to Ukraine and ex-US Ambassador Marie Yovanovitch, the State Department took an apparent retaliatory step against one of Kelly's colleagues: Michele Kelemen was barred from the press pool... More »

Here's What NPR Host Has to Say About Pompeo

Mary Louise Kelly defends press freedom after spat with secretary of state

(Newser) - NPR journalist Mary Louise Kelly says she was just doing her job when she asked Secretary of State Mike Pompeo about Ukraine , only to be accused of violating "the basic rules of journalism and decency." "Journalists don't sit down with senior government officials in the service... More »

NPR-Pompeo Brouhaha Rolls On

Journalist Michele Kelemen removed from upcoming Pompeo trip in retaliation

(Newser) - An NPR reporter has been blocked from Mike Pompeo's upcoming trip abroad following the secretary of state's testy exchange with another NPR journalist. The State Department Correspondents' Association confirmed NPR correspondent Michele Kelemen would not travel with Pompeo to the UK, Ukraine, Belarus, Kazakhstan, and Uzbekistan, saying the... More »

Emails Refute Pompeo's Version of Testy NPR Interview

They show Mary Louise Kelly never agreed to take any topics off the table

(Newser) - Mike Pompeo says journalist Mary Louise Kelly "lied" to him regarding his Friday interview on NPR's All Things Considered, which ended with an expletive-filled tirade after Kelly asked the secretary of state about Ukraine. But emails appear to support Kelly's side of things. While Pompeo said during... More »

Pompeo: NPR Host 'Lied to Me'

The Secretary of State reacts to story about his expletive-filled rant

(Newser) - Mike Pompeo lashed out at an NPR host and "the media" Saturday after making a testy appearance on All Things Considered, USA Today reports. The Secretary of State accused the host, Mary Louise Kelly, of lying to him, though he didn't deny unloading on her afterward in an... More »

Journalist: Pompeo Flipped Out When I Asked About Ukraine

Mary Louise Kelly says secretary of state 'used the F-word' many times

(Newser) - Mike Pompeo apparently went off on an expletive-filled rant after an NPR interview didn't go the way he'd planned. Mary Louise Kelly sat down with the secretary of state on All Things Considered Friday for an interview that started off discussing Iran (full transcript here ). Things took... More »

Congress Doesn't Get Briefings on Iran After All

State, Defense departments scrap scheduled meetings at the last minute

(Newser) - The State and Defense departments have called off three classified briefings for members of Congress, who have questions about the Iran situation, that were scheduled for Wednesday and Thursday. House committee members were expecting to hear from State Department officials about embassy security, CNN reports, while a Senate panel was... More »

Report: Mike Pompeo Is Not Shopping for a New Job

He 'feels things are too volatile' to leave for a Senate run, source says

(Newser) - The chances of Kansas electing a Democratic senator for the first time since 1932 may have just gone up. Sources tell the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal that Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has ruled out a Senate run in the state this year. The sources say... More »

Pompeo: This Iran Thing Isn't Our Fault

The secretary of state also calls the current conflict 'a war'

(Newser) - Secretary of State Mike Pompeo hit the Sunday talk-show circuit and blamed the entire Iran crisis on former President Obama, USA Today reports. "We're trying to correct for what was the Obama administration's appeasement of Iran," Pompeo said on ABC News' This Week, after President Trump... More »

After 3 Years in Iran, 'Another American Is Coming Home'

Princeton grad student Xiyue Wang, 38, released as part of prisoner exchange

(Newser) - "Another American is coming home." That was the early Saturday tweet from Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, with good news for the family of Xiyue Wang, the Chinese American graduate student who's been held prisoner in Iran for more than three years. CNN and NBC News report... More »

Now in Spotlight Over Alleged Meeting With Ukrainian: Devin Nunes

Lawyer: Giuliani associate Lev Parnas will testify to Congress on alleged Nunes' meet with Shokin

(Newser) - The lawyer for a Soviet-born businessman and associate of Rudy Giuliani who was arrested last month on campaign finance charges says his client will comply with a subpoena to talk to Congress about an alleged meeting one of its own had in in late 2018 in an attempt to dig... More »

Take Your ISIS Fighters Back, Pompeo Tells Coalition Nations

US wants foreign detainees held accountable

(Newser) - European and other members of the international coalition fighting the Islamic State group must take back and prosecute their nationals detained in Iraq and Syria to help keep IS from regaining territory, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Thursday. Pompeo told foreign ministers and senior officials from some 30 coalition... More »

UN Receives Official Word: US Is Leaving Climate Deal

Pompeo issues notice, as environmental experts decry 'historic error'

(Newser) - The US has told the United Nations it has begun the process of pulling out of the landmark 2015 Paris climate agreement. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Monday that he submitted a formal notice, the AP reports. That starts a withdrawal process that does not become official for a... More »

US Bars All Flights Into Cuba, With One Exception

Planes from United States can only go into Havana in new travel ban

(Newser) - If you'd planned to travel to Cuba, you still can—but only one of the country's 10 main airports will be open starting next month. Per CBS News , at the direction of Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, the US has banned all flights to the island nation, save... More »

As Impeachment Looms, New Troubles for Trump

White House has been subpoenaed, and there's a possible 2nd whistleblower

(Newser) - For the first time, the impeachment inquiry reached directly into the White House on Friday as Democrats subpoenaed officials about contacts with Ukraine. "We deeply regret that President Trump has put us—and the nation—in this position, but his actions have left us with no choice," wrote... More »

Accused of Intimidation, Pompeo Makes an Admission

Yes, 'I was on the call'

(Newser) - A little more than a week after saying he had just been handed "a report about a IC whistle-blower complaint, none of which I've seen," Secretary of State Mike Pompeo confirmed Wednesday that he was on the July 25 phone call between President Trump and Ukrainian President... More »

Pompeo Pushes Back on House Democrats, Hard

Says State Dept. officials will not be appearing for scheduled depositions

(Newser) - On Friday, the House panels conducting the impeachment inquiry requested that five current and former State Department officials appear this week and next for depositions. On Tuesday, Mike Pompeo made clear that won't happen, the Washington Post reports. The secretary of state sent a letter to House Foreign Affairs... More »

Pompeo Was Listening to Trump's Ukraine Call

State Department confirms secretary heard the conversation

(Newser) - Secretary of State Mike Pompeo was one of the people listening in on President Trump's call to Ukraine's president in July—the call that prompted the House to begin an impeachment inquiry. A senior State Department official confirmed Pompeo's involvement on Monday, the Wall Street Journal reports.... More »

Trump's Envoy to Ukraine Quits Amid Whistleblower Hubbub

Kurt Volker steps down after Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani says they were in frequent contact

(Newser) - Kurt Volker, a former US ambassador to NATO caught in the middle of a whistleblower complaint over President Trump's dealings with Ukraine, resigned Friday from his post as special envoy to the Eastern European nation, according to a US official. The official said Volker told Secretary of State Mike... More »

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