Pompeo: Trump administration is ‘rallying the noble nations to build a new liberal order’

Secretary of State Mike PompeoMichael (Mike) Richard PompeoThe Hill's Morning Report - White House, Congress: Urgency of now around budget Tensions swirl around Iran as administration to brief Congress Overnight Defense: Iran tensions swirl as officials prepare to brief Congress | Trump threatens war would be 'end of Iran' | Graham tells Trump to 'stand firm' | Budget talks begin MORE is praising the Trump White House for creating a new "liberal order" spearheaded by U.S. leadership. 

“In the finest traditions of our great democracy, we are rallying the noble nations to build a new liberal order that prevents war and achieves greater prosperity,” Pompeo told diplomats in a speech Tuesday in Brussels, according to Reuters.

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“Under President TrumpDonald John TrumpThe Hill's Morning Report - White House, Congress: Urgency of now around budget GOP presses Trump to make a deal on spending Democrats wary of handing Trump a win on infrastructure MORE, we are not abandoning international leadership or our friends in the international system,” he said.

Pompeo rejected the perception that America is isolated on the world stage and called for other democracies to help maintain freedom around the world.

“Even our European friends sometimes say we’re not acting in the free world’s interest. This is just plain wrong,” he said.

“We are acting to preserve, protect, and advance an open, just, transparent and free world of sovereign states. This project will require actual, not pretend, restoration of the liberal order among nations. It will require an assertive America and leadership from not only my country, but of democracies around the world.” 

Pompeo also criticized China and Iran for much of the world’s instability, adding the U.S. was lobbying the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund to limit funding from Beijing and other bad actors.

Trump, who ran on an "American First" campaign, has pulled out of several international agreements since taking office, including the Paris climate pact and the Iran nuclear deal.