Pompeo fights back after GOP Sen. Corker trump hits for ‘targeted’ sowing ‘doubt and distrust’

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Corker, Pompeo: Why is trump distrust on purpose?

Secretary of state Pompeo defended the trump administration, according to Senator Corker’s questions, the motivations of the statements behind the President in public.

Secretary of state Mike Pompeo collided with the legislators on both sides of the aisle during a tense Senate hearing on Wednesday, as he took a firm line on Russia in the midst of the criticism that the Trump administration has been soft on Moscow.

The hearing appearance marked the administration’s highest-profile opportunity to address the ongoing criticism over the last week, the summit meeting between President Trump and the Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki, Finland. Pompeo said that the United States would never be the Kremlin to recognize the annexation of Crimea and threatened “serious consequences” for any future interference in American elections.

Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Corker, R-Tenn., sharp the meeting in Helsinki, criticized at the opening on Wednesday of the hearing, said the White house has a “ready, fire, aim” approach and “Wake up every morning and make it up as they go.”

In a particularly dramatic moment, Corker Pompeo pressed to explain what he characterizes as a Trump the “targeted” efforts to sow misinformation and discord.

“The people are shocked, said,” Corker. “To target the root cause of the American people misunderstand about NATO contributions, and to cause them to doubt the NATO and” drive the public opinion against the NATO, he added — that was my purpose, not unlike what happened directly to Charlottesville,”. He referred to the violent, even deadly protests in Charlottesville, Va., last August, after the Trump heat took for not more emphasis on the actions of white nationalists condemn.


“Why does he do these things?” Corker asked. “There is a strategy behind the creation of doubt in the senators heads on both sides of the aisle, the doubt of the American people, as to what his motives are? It is the President, the actions, the creating of great distrust in our country, among our allies-it is noticeable. Is there a strategy?”

Pompeo replied that Trump has a direct role in the management of aggressive actions against Russia: “this administration was more difficult than the previous administrations” on Putin.

The Secretary of state outlined a variety of actions fought by the trump-administration against Russia, including lethal defensive weapons to Ukraine — a move by the Obama administration — and the expulsion of dozens of Russian agents from the United States

He also cited Trump’s opposition to the planned Nord Stream-2 pipeline from Russia to Germany, the Federal President, in a statement, the national security risks for the European countries by increasing their dependence on Russia.

“Senator, I just do not agree with most of what you just said it,” said Pompeo. “Somehow there is this idea that this government is free-floating. This is the President of Trump management. In order to make no mistakes, is fully responsible for this, and each of these activities, Vladimir Putin is causing in a very difficult place today.”

“You don’t react to what I say,” Corker replied. “You just don’t, OK?”

“We let the world decide,” Pompeo replied. He added that the NATO commitment of members, increase their share of defence expenditure is partly due to trump the rhetoric.

“You behave differently today, there’s no doubt about that,” said Pompeo. “They are now scrambling to ensure that they are a part of NATO.” Corker replied, “I agree”, but claimed some of Trump’s comments are “harmful.”

Pompeo also often public with New Jersey sen. Bob Menendez, the top Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

“I understand the game that they play,” said Pompeo, as the senator pressed again and again, to reveal to him what Trump and Putin discussed in their two-hour conversation last week.

“I don’t appreciate you characterizing my questions,” a visibly frustrated Menendez answered.

Pompeo, though, the US sanctions and other measures against Russia remain the same.

“I will not, and will not assure the Committee that the United States recognize that the Kremlin’s alleged annexation of the Crimea”, – he testified. “There is no liberation of the Crimea-related sanctions until Russia gives control over the Crimean Peninsula in the Ukraine.”

In a heated moment at the end of the trial, Pompeo accused Menendez, the provision of a “political monologue,” with Menendez raised his voice, and loaded, that he would be “peeling” Pompeo “from the Capitol ceiling,” if Obama has done what Trump has in Helsinki.


Both Democratic and Republican lawmakers heavily criticized Trump’s performance at the Helsinki summit, said the US President had improperly doubts about his own intelligence-community conclusions that Russia is experimenting the 2016 election. Critics, including some in the trump administration, the question of whether Trump taken alone with Putin.

Trump went back to his statements in Helsinki, said he believed the intelligence community of the results.

The Secretary of state also addressed the ongoing negotiations with North Korea, says: “We are engaged in patient diplomacy, but we will not let this drag on without end.”

The comment was notable because the top government representative had repeated what you consider to be the Obama “era of strategic patience” with the rogue regime is over.

Pompeo told the New Hampshire Democratic sen. Jeanne Shaheen, that it will go “an awful long way to go” to North Korea to denuclearize. He confirmed that North Korea continues to be the production of “fissile material”, but would not say publicly whether he will continue to advance its nuclear program.

Meanwhile, national security adviser John Bolton, on Wednesday said Trump’s next meeting with Putin will not occur until after the Special Counsel Robert Mueller, the probe ends.

Trump in his White house had asked that an invitation to Putin to visit Washington later this year, the press Secretary Sarah Sanders said last week.

News asked to respond to the Director of National Intelligence, Dan Coats, with apparent surprise at the Aspen Security Forum-only to then walk back to his reaction later, not to say that he can Trump any lack of respect.

“The President believes that the next bilateral meeting with President Putin was to take place, after Russia witch-hunt is over, so we agreed that it said after the first of the year”, ” Bolton said in a statement.

Fox News’ Gillian Turner, Nicholas Kalman and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Gregg Re is an editor for Fox News. Follow him on Twitter @gregg_re.

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