Secretary of State Mike Pompeo appeared before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Wednesday to talk about foreign policy.
And it seemed that some senators were auditioning for their base in trying to score hits off Pompeo.
But Pompeo handled himself with great aplomb and shot down all their attacks.
One senator tried to take him out with a question about sanctions on Russia. Senator Ben Cardin tried to suggest that the Trump administration had not implemented sanctions against Russia, but Cardin took him out with a devastating response.
From Daily Caller:
“The facts is that the Congress passed the CATSA Statute that required sanctions to be imposed, and there are sanctions that are to be imposed under CATSA that have not been imposed,” Democratic Sen. Ben Cardin Said.
He continued, “And the facts are: the administration sought a waiver in regard to it in regard to the national defense authorization act, so I just really want to point out — and we’ve had this from previous administrations, but not as much as we are hearing today — that what Congress is requiring you to do, all of a sudden, you found religion and are taking credit for it. But in reality, you haven’t implemented one time the sanctions that have been passed by Congress.”
— The Daily Caller (@DailyCaller) July 26, 2018
Pompeo blasted that, noting first, “That is not true.” “We’ve passed a number of sanctions under the CATSA provisions, and it is also true — at least to the best of my recollection — is the Constitution — is the president signed that law, as well, so I thank you for presenting that law. We appreciate it. We think it makes good sense. The president signed it as well. We have passed sanctions under that very law and we have passed sanctions that — senator, previous administrations didn’t do.”
The Trump administration has actually been much tougher on Russia than the Obama administration ever was.
From Daily Wire:
“In a move likely to irk Moscow, the Pentagon has released $200M in new security assistance to Ukraine days after the Trump-Putin meeting, according to US & Ukrainian officials,” CNN reporter Ryan Browne tweeted. “The funds will go toward counter-artillery radars, vehicles, night vision, comms, & medical equipment.”
The Trump administration last December approved the sale of “lethal arms to Ukraine’s government as the country battles pro-Russian separatists in its eastern provinces,” The Hill reported at the time.
“When you actually look at the substance of what this administration has done, not the rhetoric but the substance, this administration has been much tougher on Russia than any in the post-Cold War era,” said Daniel Vajdich, senior fellow at the Atlantic Council, according to NPR.
Trump has pushed tough sanctions, hurting the Russian economy and kicking out dozens of Russian diplomats. He’s armed Ukraine and pushed for Germany to cut their billion-dollar energy deals with Russia because they compromise Germany and NATO’s position should there, in fact, be a conflict, and has encouraged NATO to increase their defense spending to protect against Russia.
He’s also dropped bombs on Russians, killing hundreds of mercenaries who were fighting in Syria.
And the alleged hacking of the DNC took place during the time of the Obama administration. They knew about it early on but didn’t take any real action in response. it wasn’t until Hillary Clinton lost that it became a big deal to Democrats.
Fox’s Lisa Boothe makes the point that Pompeo was great about making this point to the senators.
— Fox News (@FoxNews) July 26, 2018