Pompeo’s RNC Speech Was a Preview of ‘America First’ After Trump

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is shown on a screen addressing the 2020 Republican National Convention in the Rose Garden of the White House, Washington, Aug. 25, 2020 (AP photo by Evan Vucci).
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is shown on a screen addressing the 2020 Republican National Convention in the Rose Garden of the White House, Washington, Aug. 25, 2020 (AP photo by Evan Vucci).

Is Mike Pompeo the Teflon Don reincarnated? If you watched the U.S. secretary of state’s pre-recorded speech to the Republican National Convention on Tuesday, you’ll know your answer doesn’t matter, because Pompeo doesn’t really care about what you, many Americans or the world thinks. Pompeo delivered his address from Jerusalem while on an official diplomatic trip to the Middle East, breaking decades of political norms, and likely federal ethics laws. In this new era of American gangster diplomacy, what matters is always being right—as Pompeo sees it—and always being unapologetic in strong-arming the world into accepting the Republican Party’s isolationist […]

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