Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has created the facade that he is one of President Donald Trump’s most loyal proponents, but he was a vicious ‘Never Trumper’ before he became an administration official.
“You know, Donald Trump the other day said that, in quote, if he tells a soldier to commit a war crime, the soldier will just go do it. He said they’ll do as I tell them to do,” said Pompeo, who was stumping for “Little” Marco Rubio in the Kansas GOP presidential caucus when he made the statement in 2016.
“We’ve spent seven and a half years with an authoritarian president who ignored our constitution,” Pompeo added, comparing Trump to former President Obama. “We don’t need four more years of that.”
Pompeo, who was serving in the U.S. House of Representatives at the time, also said that military personnel “don’t swear an allegiance to President Trump or any other President … They take an oath to defend our Constitution, as Kansans, as conservatives, as Republicans, as Americans.”
The clip can be seen here in its full context:
A 2016 video obtained by @sbg1 shows Mike Pompeo warning Kansas voters that Donald Trump—like Barack Obama—would be “an authoritarian President who ignored our Constitution.” Read Susan Glasser’s new Profile of the Secretary of State: https://t.co/6Bxs6vOTVm pic.twitter.com/1qvA8DLzFu
— The New Yorker (@NewYorker) August 19, 2019
In his role as Secretary of State, Pompeo has opened up the pipeline for fellow ‘Never Trumpers’ to obtain prestigious roles within the administration.
Mary Kissel, who Trump once called a “major loser,” was hired by Pompeo as a senior adviser in the State Department despite opposing her boss on every single one of his policies.
Pompeo also hired James Jeffrey as his envoy for the Syrian war despite the fact that he was a ‘Never Trumper’ who signed a pro-Hillary Clinton letter arguing that Trump was “a dangerous president [who] would put at risk our country’s national security and well-being” in 2016.
In Pompeo’s most outrageous betrayal of Trump, he hired Elliott Abrams – the disgraced figure who supported the Iraq War and perjured himself by lying to Congress over the Iran/Contra scandal – as the Venezuelan envoy despite Abrams’ long-stated goal for the GOP establishment to “seize the party machinery back immediately” from Trump’s control.
Pompeo actually revels in his ability to lie to the American public and protect the deep state, something that he did proudly while serving as CIA Director. He admitted as much in a chilling clip to a group of students at Texas A&M University earlier this year.
“What’s the cadet motto at West Point? You will not lie, cheat, or steal, or tolerate those who do. I was the CIA director. We lied, we cheated, we stole. It’s — it was like — we had entire training courses. It reminds you of the glory of the American experiment,” Pompeo said on April 15.
When it comes to subversives within the Trump administration who are subverting the MAGA agenda, Pompeo may very well be at the top of that list.
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