The Future of Trump’s ‘America First’ Agenda Hangs on Pompeo’s Scandals

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo at a news conference at the State Department in Washington, April 29, 2020 (AP photo by Andrew Harnik).
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo at a news conference at the State Department in Washington, April 29, 2020 (AP photo by Andrew Harnik).

Whether the world knows it now or not, how the U.S. Congress handles the White House’s abrupt firing of the State Department’s top watchdog could be more than a make or break moment for the future of “America First” diplomacy. It could also determine the trajectory of American presidential politics for years to come. If Secretary of State Mike Pompeo survives the escalating scandal surrounding President Donald Trump’s decision last week to force out State Department Inspector General Steve Linick—at Pompeo’s request—Pompeo’s much-anticipated run for the presidency in 2024 is all but assured. On Wednesday, Pompeo bluntly stated in a […]

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