Sanders criticizes Pompeo for meeting with 'destructive' Kissinger

Sanders criticizes Pompeo for meeting with 'destructive' Kissinger
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Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersHillicon Valley: Apple rolls out coronavirus screening app, website | Pompeo urged to crack down on coronavirus misinformation from China | Senators push FTC on price gouging | Instacart workers threaten strike Overnight Energy: Court upholds Trump repeal of Obama fracking rule | Oil price drop threatens fracking boom | EPA eases rules on gasoline sales amid coronavirus The Hill's Campaign Report: Sanders pushes on in 2020 race MORE (I-Vt.) criticized a meeting between Secretary of State Mike PompeoMichael (Mike) Richard PompeoHillicon Valley: Apple rolls out coronavirus screening app, website | Pompeo urged to crack down on coronavirus misinformation from China | Senators push FTC on price gouging | Instacart workers threaten strike COVID-19 intensifies the case for blacklisting Khalifa Haftar  House Republican urges Pompeo to take steps to limit misinformation from China on coronavirus 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 ClintonHillary Clinton on US leading in coronavirus cases: Trump 'did promise "America First"' Democratic fears rise again as coronavirus pushes Biden to sidelines Clintons send pizza to NY hospital staff treating coronavirus 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."