On August 25th, the 2nd day of the 2020 Republican National Convention (RNC), Secretary of State Mike Pompeo delivered a speech to back up US President Donald Trump’s re-election bid.
Pompeo’s speech was recorded on Monday in Jerusalem, at the rooftop of the King David Hotel.
“I’m speaking to you from beautiful Jerusalem,” Pompeo began.
Pompeo began his speech with a comparison of Trump and US president during the Cold War, Dwight Eisenhower.
According to him, Trump “understands” Eisenhower’s view on “securing peace” for the children and the people.
In his speech, Pompeo focused on the policies and decisions Trump did when it comes to foreign relations.
“The primary constitutional function of the national government,” according to Pompeo is to ensure every family’s safety and freedom to “live, work, learn, and worship as they choose.”
And to do these, the president “has led bold initiatives” in different parts of the world, Pompeo said.
He also attacked China while praising Trump’s actions against them.
Trump “pulled back the curtain on the predatory aggression of the Chinese Communist Party,” he said.
The president also made them accountable for the “China virus” cover-up, he said.
Pompeo also praised Trump’s decision to “strike” Iran’s military general, Qasem Soleimani.
“This is the man responsible” for the deaths and “maiming” of many American soldiers, he said.
Controversies Surrounding Speech
Lawmakers and diplomats were aghast when news about Pompeo’s speech broke out.
During the recording of his speech, Pompeo was in an official mission in Israel.
According to the Hill, the Democratic chairman of the House of Foreign Affairs “launched an investigation” to look into the use of public funds during his speech, as Pompeo may have violated the Hatch Act.
However, according to Pompeo’s camp, the Secretary of State recorded his speech on his own capacity and added that no State Department money was used.
Retired or former US diplomats also did not approve of Pompeo’s actions, as per a Washington Post report.
A former official called his action, “tacky,” said the Post.
According to a State Department memo that was approved by Pompeo last year, “presidential appointees may not even attend a political party convention or convention-related event,” Politico reported.