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The Hill 28 Feb 2020

CPAC 2020: Secretary of State Pompeo rips predecessor John Kerry over "fancy dinners" during trips


"I'm not in it for the fancy dinners and Paris or Switzerland or Vienna. I've only been to those places twice during my time on the job. One of my predecessors went 62 times. That, my friends, is a lot of cocktails."

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo ripped John Kerry and touted U.S. policy during remarks at CPAC 2020 in National Harbor, MD on Friday.

The visit by US secretary of state Mike Pompeo and his entourage represents the first diplomatic trip of this seniority by any government globally since the peak of coronavirus outbreak.

Mr Pompeo wore a face mask as he got off his plane to be greeted by officials in Israel. He removed it during key talks with the Prime Minister of Israel Benjamin Netanyahu and Knesset Benny Gantz, who will become prime minister in a rotation deal in 18 months' time.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo visited Israel to meet with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Benny Gantz, just one day before Israel's unity government was set to be sworn into office. One America's Stephanie Myers caught up with the former mayor of Shiloh, David Rubin, who discussed the significance of Pompeo's trip.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Wednesday accused journalists of spreading misinformation related to reports that Russia offered bounties to Taliban-backed fighters to kill U.S. service members in Afghanistan.

The secretary further refused to discuss what he knew of intelligence briefings about the bounties, saying such public discussions put American soldiers at risk.

"A lot of what you said suggests knowledge that I don't think you actually have," Pompeo told one reporter who asked about the Russian bounties.

"I'm not going to put at risk the young men and women of Afghanistan in the same way that some news organizations have done. … And you ought not be part of that," he told another reporter.

President Trump has dismissed as a "hoax" news reports that Russia was incentivizing the murder of coalition forces in Afghanistan, first reported by The New York Times and The Washington Post.

In response to a question about whether Trump should have been told about Russian bounties on offer, Pompeo shot back, "You have six things in your question there that are just, I'm not going to go there."

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