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Secretary of state Pompeo spars with senators
Pompeo Slip legislator after the Helsinki summit; chief congressional correspondent Mike Emanuel reports from Capitol Hill.
There is a famous episode of the TV show ” The West Wing, where Deputy White House Chief of Staff Josh Lyman pinch-hits on the podium for the ailing press Secretary C. J. Cregg. Lyman fumbles the briefing. At one point, Lyman of the press corps that mocks the President announces a “secret plan to fight inflation.”
Dutifully, the Reporter to follow up and asked Lyman, “when the President will unveil his secret plan?”
Lyman then tries to slough it off, to declare now, “there is no secret plan,” and notes that he was “a joke.”
“The people, the jobs, we’re talking about, Josh,” acres of another writer. “You want to give us a clear answer?”
After the briefing, Lyman, he insists, can fix this Problem. Junior aide suggests that perhaps the best solution may be to brew cower in his office for a few hours and “a secret plan to fight inflation.”
“You said in front of the press, I have a secret plan to fight inflation?” asks a confused President Josiah Bartlet from Lyman later.
It is unclear whether the trump administration has a “secret plan” for dealing with Russia or North Korea. But whatever the circumstances, it is still a secret, after Secretary of state Mike Pompeo appeared before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, President of Trump meeting with the Russian leader Vladimir Putin, and the status of North Korean denuclearization. Can’t try it, the senators were able to unearth a lot of information from Pompeo about what was going on in Helsinki or the state with Pyongyang.
“I’m afraid, that this time, the United States, the Trump management is a journey,” said Sen. Ed Markey, D-Mass.
“Do not be afraid, senator. Do not be afraid,” advised Pompeo.
But it was “fear”. Senators asked whether the President agreed to something in secret with foreign heads of state and government, and then even if Pompeo was cut out of the loop.
“It is not for me, the price, the content of these conversations,” said Pompeo, when asked by Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, D-N. H., on what was said in Finland in relation to Russia’s role in Syria.
“I’d rather not answer questions about the nature of our negotiations,” said Pompeo in sen. Tim Kaine, D-Va., asked about North Korea.
The legislature, Cabinet secretaries and other officials, often in the crowd in classified settings for open discussion, what is really going on in the world’s hotspots. But there’s still not a classified briefing for the house and the Senate on the President’s meeting in Singapore for almost two months with the North Korean leader Kim Kong-un. And there is still not classified meeting in Helsinki.
“This administration is becoming increasingly transparent,” said Sen. Bob Menendez, D-N. J., the top Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. “I don’t think really, Mr. Secretary, you know, what happens while the President of the two-plus-hour conversation with President Putin, and I don’t really know much more about the summit, after sitting here for three hours, than I knew before.”
Lawmakers from both parties struggling to make sense of what measures holds the Trump management by the hour.
“The President makes foreign policy on a day-to-day basis,” complained Sen. Chris Murphy, D-Conn.
The Democrat Connecticut accelerated by a catalogue of cases in which the trump administration, and, above all, Mr Trump himself, switched between a number of statements and views on important issues. That the comments contained in relation to whether the President believed that Russia experimented in the election.
“We focus on the words of the President, because they noticed our allies and our enemies heard these words, and they calibrate their actions based on these words”, Murphy.
Murphy asked if the President constituted the statements of the US-American policy, specifically, if Mr. Trump suggested that the US could not help Montenegro, despite the NATO Treaty, which States otherwise.
“I think the President was very clear,” said Pompeo.
A moment later, Murphy suggested that “the guidelines, instructions, and statements of policy.”
“No, that’s not true,” said Pompeo. “I’m making a lot of statements. You are not the US policy. The President says things.”
“How do I know the difference between a presidential statement, not a Directive and Declaration, is that so?”, Murphy asked.
But later in the hearing, Pompeo asked if he was “clean.”
“I misspoke,” said Pompeo. “The President leads this government. His statements to American politics are, in fact.”
It is vibration, like what the legislators mystified – especially when the President says something off-the-cuff or blasts an explanation of 6:35 in the morning on Twitter.
Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Corker, R-Tenn., to press wait until halfway through the hearing, Pompeo in this point. Corker said the Secretary-General, that “much of what you hear today has nothing to do with you.”
In other words, the senators in question is allowed to ask, what Pompeo know about the summit. You may struggle to understand how the latest tweet is in stark contrast to the long-stated U.S. policy. But when it comes to the excavation, the true Position of the United States, Pompeo is not the problem.
“It is the President who caused the people to worry,” said Corker.
Tennessee-Republicans said about President Trump the intelligence community under the bus in Finland. He stressed, as the Director of National Intelligence, Dan Coats was that Mr. Trump invited Putin in Washington by a reporter. The Chairman quotes the President with the idea of sending American diplomats to Moscow for questioning.
“Why does he do these things? I mean, is there a strategy behind the creation of doubt in the US-senator of the minds on both sides of the aisle? A doubt to the American people, what his motives are?”, Corker asked.
Pompeo then challenged Corker to say the administration is “free floating.” He also argued that no government has been tougher on Russia as the trump administration.
“I’ve noticed that she’s not responding to what I say,” protested Corker.
“I think I responded to everything you have said, senator,” said Pompeo.
“No you didn’t,” Corker broke.
“We are simply not agree”, threw Pompeo.
“No. We don’t disagree. Hell, we run the Protocol, if you want to talk about,” said Corker.
“We let the world decide,” said Pompeo.
“I was asked if there was some rhyme or reason that this kind of distrust and discord will be created. And I know you’re not going to answer the question. I’m trying to make a point, why,” said Corker.
Senators of both parties have not managed to pierce Pompeo armor and learn anything at all about Singapore and Helsinki. Menendez is lit in Pompeo in the vicinity of the end of the session, because he criticized Jeanne Shaheen for providing the information obtained to form the Russian Ministry of defence about what was agreed in Finland.
“She was not only quote, because we know what our own government says!” excoriated Menendez “If President Obama did what President Trump has to be in Helsinki, I would ceiling peeling them from the Capitol.”
“To give you an answer?”, asked tongue of the Cork from Pompeo to Menendez-flogging.
“Not a word,” said Pompeo.
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