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State Department's New Watchdog Quits

Stephen Akard's departure follows predecessor's abrupt firing

(Newser) - The State Department’s acting inspector general resigned abruptly on Wednesday following the firing of his predecessor in circumstances now being investigated by Congress. Stephen Akard announced his resignation just two days after Democrats issued subpoenas for several of Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's top aides to answer questions... More »

Pompeo: Some Software Is 'Feeding Data' to Communists

The Secretary of State appears on Fox News Channel's 'Sunday Morning Futures'

(Newser) - President Trump plans to take action on a what he sees as a broad array of national security risks presented by software connected to the Chinese Communist Party, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Sunday, per the AP . Pompeo's remarks followed reports that Microsoft is in advanced talks to... More »

Pompeo Announces Sanctions on Huawei

Certain employees of Chinese tech companies to face visa restrictions

(Newser) - The State Department accused the world's largest telecommunications equipment manufacturer of human right abuses Wednesday, saying it would impose visa restrictions on employees of China's Huawei. The announcement came a week after the State Department accused China of human rights abuses and a day after the UK said... More »

Pompeo Accuses China of Human Rights Abuses

US sanctions 3 Chinese officials over treatment of Uighurs, other minorities

(Newser) - The United States on Thursday imposed sanctions on three senior officials of the Chinese Communist Party for alleged human rights abuses against ethnic and religious minorities, per the AP . The decision to bar these senior officials and their families from entering the US is the latest of a series of... More »

Pompeo on Possible TikTok Ban: 'US Will Get This One Right'

Secretary of state says US is 'looking at' banning popular app, other social media apps out of China

(Newser) - Amid a year fraught with trade issues and a Cold War-style arms race between the United States and China, a new alleged threat is now on the radar: the popular TikTok app, whose parent company is Beijing's ByteDance. Per CNBC , Secretary of State Mike Pompeo appeared on Laura Ingraham'... More »

Pompeo Urges China to Be Transparent on Coronavirus

He met top diplomat as details from Bolton book emerged

(Newser) - Secretary of State Mike Pompeo urged China to reveal all it knows about the coronavirus outbreak in a meeting with a top Chinese official in Hawaii on Wednesday as new revelations about President Trump and China rocked Washington. Pompeo and his deputy Stephen Biegun held closed-door talks with the Chinese... More »

North Korea Taunts US Over Protests

'Demonstrators enraged by the extreme racists throng even to the White House'

(Newser) - North Korea has taken note of the George Floyd protests, and it's not exactly sending a note of support. "Demonstrators enraged by the extreme racists throng even to the White House," says a statement in one of the main state-run newspapers. "This is the reality in... More »

A Deadline Passes: Pompeo Is Staying Put

Secretary of state will not run for vacant Senate seat in Kansas

(Newser) - The passing of Monday's deadline to file to run for Kansas' open Senate seat confirmed that Secretary of State Mike Pompeo won't be a candidate, per the AP . Republican leaders had not expected Pompeo to give up his post as the nation's top diplomat to seek the... More »

Mike Pompeo Makes Big Move on Hong Kong

He says territory is no longer autonomous

(Newser) - Secretary of State of Mike Pompeo notified Congress on Wednesday that the Trump administration no longer regards Hong Kong as autonomous from mainland China. The notice sets the stage for the US to withdraw the preferential trade and financial status that the former British colony has enjoyed since it reverted... More »

Report: Congressional Committees Looking Into Pompeo Dinners

NBC: Taxpayer-funded 'Madison Dinners' hosted by Pompeo are now under scrutiny

(Newser) - The State Department inspector general who was abruptly fired on Friday may have been aware of fancy dinners hosted by Mike Pompeo and his wife on the taxpayer's dime. That’s according to NBC News , which reports Steve Linick last week made "some type of inquiry" to the... More »

Democrats See 'Troubling' Saudi Link in Watchdog's Firing

Steve Linick was investigating decision to allow arms sales

(Newser) - State Department Inspector General Steve Linick was looking into a lot more than dog-walking and errand-running when he was abruptly fired on Friday, House Democrats say. Lawmakers have confirmed that the watchdog's other investigations included a probe of President Trump and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's decision last... More »

Pompeo Controversy Involves Dog Walking, Dry Cleaning

Watchdog was investigating whether secretary of state had aide running errands, say reports

(Newser) - New details are emerging about the controversial firing of a government watchdog, and they are not the stuff of high-stakes political intrigue. Instead, they are the stuff of mundane personal errands, such as dog-walking, picking up dry cleaning, and making dinner reservations. The watchdog who got fired was investigating whether... More »

Democrats Launch Inquiry Into Latest Trump Firing

President fired State Department inspector general, reportedly at Pompeo's urging

(Newser) - Late Friday, President Trump fired the State Department's inspector general . By Saturday, the New York Times reports, Democrats in the House and Senate had started an investigation into Steve Linick's dismissal. In a letter informing House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Trump wrote only that he'd lost confidence in... More »

Chinese Ambassador Found Dead in Home

Initial reports suggest Beijing's envoy to Israel died of natural causes

(Newser) - The Chinese ambassador to Israel was found dead in his home north of Tel Aviv on Sunday, Israel’s Foreign Ministry said. No cause of death was given and Israeli police said it was investigating, though Israeli media were reporting that Du Wei appeared to have died of natural causes... More »

For 3rd Time in 2 Months, Trump Fires Government Watchdog

Steve Linick, State Department's inspector general, was said to have been investigating Mike Pompeo

(Newser) - President Trump has fired the State Department's inspector general, and Democrats say the timing of the watchdog's removal is suspect. Per the Wall Street Journal , Trump penned a congressional letter indicating he was taking Steve Linick out of his role in 30 days because he'd lost confidence... More »

They Hid Under Beds. One Mom Was Killed Holding Her Newborn

Death toll in pair of attacks Tuesday in Afghanistan climbs to 56

(Newser) - The death toll in Tuesday's attack on an Afghan hospital's maternity ward has climbed to 24, while deaths from a later attack on a funeral have risen to 32, per the BBC . The terror began around 10am with blasts and gunfire heard at the Dasht-e-Barchi hospital in Kabul.... More »

Fauci Doesn't Agree With Pompeo's Theory on Virus

He doesn't think it started in a Chinese lab

(Newser) - The idea that the coronavirus originated in a Chinese lab is gaining traction in the White House , with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo asserting that "enormous evidence" exists to support the idea. Anthony Fauci, however, isn't one of the believers. In an interview with National Geographic , Fauci first... More »

Accusations Are Flying Between US and China

White House insists virus originated in Wuhan lab, and Beijing fires back

(Newser) - Relations between the US and China seem to be getting worse by the day, as Beijing pushes back against renewed White House insistence that the coronavirus originated in a Chinese lab. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is leading the White House charge, and he's taking the brunt of criticism... More »

DHS Report: Here's Why China Hid Virus' Severity

Chinese leaders 'intentionally concealed the severity' of the coronavirus: DHS

(Newser) - US officials believe China covered up the extent of the coronavirus outbreak—and how contagious the disease is—to stock up on medical supplies needed to respond to it, intelligence documents show. Chinese leaders "intentionally concealed the severity" of the pandemic from the world in early January, according to... More »

Here's What Pompeo Had to Say About Kim Jong Un

Secretary of state says 'we haven't seen him'

(Newser) - Mike Pompeo didn't have much to add when asked about Kim Jong Un Wednesday, but he did say the US is monitoring the situation. Asked by Fox News to comment on reports that the North Korean leader is gravely ill or dead, the secretary of state said, per the... More »

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