Mike Pompeo is the final survivor, if you’ll,
in Donald Trump’s Cupboard
from his unique nationwide safety staff.
He is the Secretary of State.
He was the CIA director.
How did this obscure congressman
from Wichita, Kansas, of all locations,
turn into probably the most influential particular person,
other than Trump himself
in relation to American international coverage
at this disruptive and unsettling second,
and what do we actually find out about him?
What I discovered as I began kind of digging
into Mike Pompeo extra
was that this was type of a casualty
of the accountability reporting
about senior figures within the U.S. authorities
again after we had extra time to do these issues
and we did not have a president
who was such an all-consuming scandal himself.
The piece begins out with then-Congressman Mike Pompeo
It is March fifth, 2016,
and that is the date of the Kansas presidential caucuses.
Donald Trump was rolling in the direction of the Republican nomination,
however he hadn’t fairly locked it up but.
Mike Pompeo had endorsed Marco Rubio,
as did a variety of different Republican members of Congress.
Pompeo will get up there
and he provides this speech attacking Donald Trump.
You understand, Donald Trump, the opposite day stated
that quote, if he tells a soldier to commit a struggle crime,
the soldier will simply go do it.
He stated, They will do as I inform them to do.
We have spent 7 half of years with an authoritarian president
who ignored our Structure.
We do not want 4 extra years of that.
I spotted, listening to the speech of Mike Pompeo
that I’ve by no means actually heard him go off
on Trump in a video type.
Mike Pompeo may be very, very delicate
about even the looks of being caught out
disagreeing with Donald Trump.
I feel he’s apprehensive in regards to the concept
that Donald Trump is gonna keep in mind again
to March fifth, 2016,
and that day that he was backstage
in a Wichita enviornment saying,
Who the heck is that this congressman?
Flash ahead a number of months later,
Mike Pompeo, together with all the opposite Republicans
within the Kansas delegation,
endorsed Trump after he locked up the nomination.
The flip-flop from Marco Rubio to Donald Trump
just isn’t the one flip-flop in Mike Pompeo’s life.
He is had a lot of actually hanging transitions.
I feel this notion of Pompeo with the ability to
go into new environments
and to grasp them and to reach them
is one thing that characterizes this life
stuffed with actually hanging transformations.
From the start, there have been a few issues
that leapt out at me about Pompeo’s biography
as I believed I knew it.
A type of was his monetary disclosure type
and the truth that he was the poorest member
of Donald Trump’s Cupboard.
He talks about having a open Bible on his desk
on the State Division.
In my workplace, I maintain a Bible open on my desk
to remind me of God and his phrase.
He presents as this heartland evangelical,
kind of religious, humble, very anti-government,
anti-environmental-protection man from Kansas.
That is his public persona.
The very first thing you notice about Pompeo
is that he is truly not even from Kansas.
He grew up in Orange County, California, within the ’60s.
He got here from a household whose mother and father
did not even go to school,
and he obtained into West Level
and he did amazingly properly there,
and he obtained into Harvard Legislation College,
after which he goes to Washington
and he will get a job at Williams & Connolly,
one in every of Washington’s most blue chip regulation corporations,
and he married his faculty sweetheart
the identical weekend that he graduated from West Level,
after which one thing occurred. [dramatic music]
He is by no means spoken brazenly or publicly
about what sort of a disaster he went by means of
in this time period.
What he stated is that he had the chance
and that is when he began Thayer Aerospace.
He stop this regulation agency job
after actually solely just a little bit greater than two years.
He obtained divorced from his spouse.
He has moved to Wichita
and he has joined up with these West Level buddies
and he is beginning his entire life over once more.
And I wanna communicate to you this morning, Kansan to Kansan.
As an outdated Military man,
I wish to communicate to these of you
who’ve served our nation in uniform, veteran to veteran.
Earlier than I misplaced my thoughts and ran for Congress,
I ran a small, soiled, smelly, lovely machine store.
I wanna speak to you this morning,
manufacturing man to manufacturing man,
about jobs in America.
[plane engine roaring]
Wichita was often known as the air capital of America,
and so there was an entire type of ecosystem
of smaller firms
that catered to these massive plane manufacturing firms,
and so they might purchase up an entire bunch of these firms,
put them collectively into one greater firm,
and it could make a variety of sense.
And they also raised cash so as to try this.
Pompeo appeared to be very keen
to reduce and to deflect questions
in regards to the function within the rich, the billionaire Koch brothers
in financing this firm, Thayer Aerospace,
and the extent of help that they’d given to it.
And so when he got here to Congress in 2011,
he and his aides instructed the Washington Publish
that the Koch brothers’ enterprise capital fund
had solely given 2% of the funding in Thayer Aerospace.
And actually, it wasn’t 2%,
however in accordance with paperwork that had been on file
with the Kansas Secretary of State
however had by no means been printed,
it was nearer to 20%.
Secretary Pompeo, congratulations once more.
I’ve little doubt that you’ll make America proud
as our nation’s chief diplomat.
There was this huge alternative
for somebody like Mike Pompeo that Donald Trump offered.
After all, the issue was that he does not agree
with Donald Trump on absolutely anything.
Donald Trump trash talks all people,
and but you’ll not discover Donald Trump
publicly saying a foul phrase about Mike Pompeo.
You do not give energy.
I feel one of many key issues that Pompeo has completed,
in all probability in a reasonably calculated means,
which is to ensure that Trump
by no means felt threatened by him,
and that appears to be probably the most salient causes
for Pompeo’s outstanding rise.
Each Secretary of State and each president
Each administration has inside fights over insurance policies.
Let’s be clear about what’s distinctive
to the Trump administration and what’s not.
It would not be distinctive for a Mike Pompeo Secretary of State
to disagree with a Donald Trump president
in any period of our historical past.
What’s distinctive is the way in which during which the president
has customized international coverage
and made loyalty the supreme check of service
in his administration.
Mike Pompeo will get livid if his loyalty
to Donald Trump is questioned
or his accuracy is questioned,
and but he publicly is commonly pressured to defend issues
which might be indefensible that Trump says or does,
or issues which might be unfaithful.
Senator, I am telling you what he had a dialog
with Vladimir Putin about,
and I am telling you what U.S. coverage is immediately.
Senator, I perceive the sport that you simply’re enjoying.
I get it. No, no, no.
Mr. Secretary, with all due respect,
I do not admire you characterizing my questions.
My query is simply to get to the reality.
We do not know what the reality is.
Pompeo is a survivor, however for a way lengthy?
It is a private story about anyone
who wished to be at all times outlined as a hit,
and but was one way or the other, that wasn’t sufficient.
He needed to cowl up or to mislead or to obfuscate
about durations in his life
that he might have been clear about.
I actually consider that details matter
and I actually consider that it does matter
that an agglomeration of little untruths
in anyone’s public biography
can find yourself being an abuse of the general public belief.