September 17, 2020
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told Breitbart News exclusively that part of how President Donald Trump and his administration have achieved many of the foreign policy successes the past few years has been by working outside various “multilateral institutions” that are often bogged down by bureaucracy and inaction.
Pompeo’s interview took place on the tarmac in his cabin on the U.S. Air Force jet that transported Pompeo, the U.S. delegation, and press, to the intra-Afghan peace talks in Doha, Qatar, and then on to Cyprus.
The first part of Pompeo’s interview laid out the U.S. vision for peace in Afghanistan after four decades of war—including 19 years where the U.S. has been at war there since the 9/11 terrorist attacks—as Pompeo held bilateral meetings between both the Afghan government and Taliban delegations in Qatari-hosted peace talks in Doha.
The second part focused on drawing parallels between those Afghan peace talks and the deals signed this week at the White House between Israel and Bahrain and Israel and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) for total normalization of relations. In that second piece, Pompeo makes the case that President Trump’s peace through strength—particularly “economic strength”—agenda, and specifically his recognition of the Islamic Republic of Iran as the primary conductor of chaos and instability in the region, enabled all of these Middle East regional peace successes.
This third and final part of Pompeo’s exclusive interview with Breitbart News focused on connecting the dots to the broader international foreign policy of the Trump administration and how that “peace agenda” extends beyond the Middle East into Europe in places like Kosovo-Serbia and Cyprus, as well as in Asia around the Pacific Rim. In sum, both legs of the trip—the intra-Afghan peace talks in Doha, as well as the discussions on the ground here in Cyprus—represent a window of sorts into a future where the Trump administration sees a better world with more peace and more stability, almost a next step beyond the latest steps rolled out this week at the White House.
“We are–and I would add Asia to that mix as well,” Pompeo told Breitbart News when asked about how the agenda of peace from Trump spreads beyond the Middle East to Europe and a broader worldwide vision.
Pompeo said that while the Trump administration is “often critiqued for” withdrawing from “multilateral institutions,” it is precisely because of that—and because of the focus on using America’s strength in bilateral negotiations to more nimbly push the president’s vision for the world—that the president and the administration are having these successes. Pompeo said Trump has strengthened U.S. involvement in some, like NATO, and withdrawn the U.S. where it does make sense for the national interest in places like the Iran deal or the Paris climate accord.
This article was posted: Thursday, September 17, 2020 at 3:36 am