Nancy Pelosi went on CNN today and accused Trump if humiliating America by ‘catering to Putin’ despite the fact Mueller’s Russia probe was a dud in the end. Former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo was not about to let that media narrative stand and defended the Trump administrations dealing with Russia to Chris Wallace on Fox News.
“Well, I’m very proud of the fact that the president Joe Biden is in Europe saying we’re back,” Pelosi said on CNN’s “State of the Union.” “We’re back for climate. We’re back for an open society.
“Now let’s just make a contrast,” she said. “The president, the former president of the United States, for whatever reason, whether the Russians had personal, political or financial leverage over him, kowtowed, catered to Putin in a way that was humiliating to the United States of America.”
She continued, “And when, when Putin hears about some of the violations of the rights of his own people, he laughs. This is a thug. This is a thug.”
“But he is head of an important state in terms of the issues you raise. The president should meet with him, and I think he’s going to meet a very different president than one who was at the mercy of Putin.”
Former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo defended the Trump admin from the charge of being soft on Russia telling Chris Wallace:
“Well, Chris, you said it yourself, they didn’t complete the pipeline. We had imposed real sanctions on the ships that were doing the construction, the insurers that were underwriting. We made clear that that pipeline was not going to be completed.
“It would not have been completed had we had four more years, I’m very, very confident of that.
“And with respect to human rights, I — we take a backseat to no one. I heard Secretary Blinken talk about the work they’re doing to try and convince the Europeans to stand alongside us on human rights violations in China and the work that they’ve done defending human rights against Russian abuses. We were tough there too, Chris.
“I’m proud of the work we did there. It was good work. It was serious work and it made a difference.”
During our Administration, the U.S. became a net exporter of oil for the first time in 70+ years. We must continue to produce our energy here in America, so we are not dependent on some other country. pic.twitter.com/8gdwuk7xal— Mike Pompeo (@mikepompeo) June 10, 2021
Mike Pompeo tells Chris Wallace Trump just needed four more years to get tough on Russia.— VeteranAntiWar (@VeteranAntiWar) June 13, 2021
He talked about this seriously, while we listen to him jokingly. pic.twitter.com/MKTBVAMsTb