Sanders criticizes Pompeo for meeting with 'destructive' Kissinger

Sanders criticizes Pompeo for meeting with 'destructive' Kissinger
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Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersOVERNIGHT ENERGY: EPA declines to tighten smog standards amid pressure from green groups | Democrats split on Trump plan to use development funds for nuclear projects| Russian mining giant reports another fuel spill in Arctic Biden lets Trump be Trump Democrats split on Trump plan to use development funds for nuclear projects MORE (I-Vt.) criticized a meeting between Secretary of State Mike PompeoMichael (Mike) Richard PompeoOvernight Defense: US formally rejects Beijing's South China Sea claims | House set to consider defense policy bill next week | 57 injured as firefighters battle warship blaze Pompeo formally rejects Beijing's claims in South China Sea Wells Fargo told employees to delete TikTok from work phones MORE and former Secretary of State and national security adviser Henry Kissinger, noting Kissinger’s “destructive” legacy.

“Henry Kissinger was one of the most destructive Secretaries of State in the history of this country,” the Vermont senator and presidential candidate tweeted Sunday in response to a tweet from Pompeo saying he was “always grateful for … conversations” with Kissinger. “A Sanders administration will not be taking advice from Henry Kissinger,” Sanders added.

Kissinger, who served in the Nixon and Ford administrations, has frequently been criticized by human rights activists for his role in the 1973 CIA-backed Chilean military coup that brought dictator Augusto Pinochet to power.

Kissinger also played key roles in the U.S. bombing of Cambodia during the Vietnam war, believed to have killed thousands of civilians, and the U.S. backing of the Pakistani military in a 1971 campaign against ethnic Bengalis that has been described as a genocide.

Sanders has criticized Kissinger’s record before, noting former Secretary of State Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonHillicon Valley: Wells Fargo tells employees to delete TikTok from work phones | Google, Facebook join legal challenge to ICE foreign students rule | House Republican introduces bills to bolster federal cybersecurity Biden lets Trump be Trump 4 Texas GOP congressional primary runoffs to watch MORE’s close relationship with him during the 2016 Democratic primaries and saying, "I am proud to say that Henry Kissinger is not my friend. I will not take advice from Henry Kissinger."