How will Mike Pompeo shape US foreign policy

How will Mike Pompeo shape US foreign policy



to put all of this foreign policy news into perspective I'm joined now from Washington by Reuters diplomatic correspondent Arshad Mohammed Arshad Mike Pompeo was confirmed as Secretary of State 57 to 42 and just 12 hours and 34 minutes later he was addressing NATO in Brussels so what are we to take away from the speed of that and what is a signal well couple things one he's hit the ground running – when you look at secretaries of state I always think about two things one to what extent do they have a relationship with the President and to what extent does the president actually delegate to them and in this case it seems fairly clear that Pompeo has a has a closer relationship to President Trump than his predecessor Rex Tillerson ever did and secondly Pompeo was the man who president Trump sent to North Korea to meet with the North Korean leader so the president has already been delegating to him in his role as CIA director so he has at least a couple of the attributes that strong secretaries of state need now there are reports the State Department is not what it once was in terms of staffing is there is there any indication that he'll change that that he'll hire more so he's making all the right sounds you're absolutely right if you look at the half-dozen key regional assistant secretaries the people in charge of Africa or East Asia and the Pacific or the Near East those jobs all have acting people in them five out of the six excuse me do he said that he wants to get his players out on the field that he wants to get more ambassadors out that he wants to get the top officials confirmed the fundamental question here is to what extent will the White House let him select the people for these jobs and to what extent will Congress actually pass them secretary Pompey is slated to go to Saudi Arabia Israel and Jordan how might this trip be different than that of say former Secretary of State Rex Tillerson you know the fundamental difference I think is the extent to which the people that secretary Pompeo deals with believe he's speaking for President Trump you know it's an open question if anyone actually speaks for president Trump other than the President himself you know he said that in foreign policy his voice is the only one that counts I do think though that Pompeo hat at least initially seems to have a better shot at being taken seriously by his interlocutors because it's clear the president has a deeper relationship with him then than he ever seems to have had with with Tillerson I want to check in on your thoughts on French president Emmanuel macron visit with President Trump in the United States this past week there was a lot made of the style of the trip that they seem to have this quote bromance but what was the substance of their conversation because McRonald seemed to really want to have some influence on president Trump's thoughts about Iran and climate change I mean one of the primary purposes of the trip was for President macron to make the best case he could for the United States to stay in the in the Iran nuclear deal and you know if you look very carefully at what McConnell said it seemed to me he was doing two things on the one hand he was he was making the implicit case for the United States a stay in the deal on the other hand he was also kind of trying to lay the groundwork for if the United States pulls out and trying to keep some hope of diplomacy alive even if the president decides on May 12th not to stick with the deal the day after his news conference with the president he told a separate news conference that that he wasn't so sure the president would stay stay in the deal and so I think it really was a two-pronged effort keep the United States in if he can and try to limit the damage if if he cannot and finally German Chancellor Angela Merkel also met with President Trump and that relationship let's say is not as warm as his relationship with President macron what was the objective of that meeting no one was certainly the Iran deal that was expected to be a big part of those talks another was the possibility of trade sanctions against the European Union particularly over steel and aluminum and if you look at the body language it's a much less warm friendly engaged kind of relationship and I didn't get the sense that she had any idea of what the president what the president was going to do either on trade or on Iran Arshad Mohammed from Reuters thank you so much great thank you

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