Pompeo blasts media coverage of Trump foreign policy

Pompeo blasts media coverage of Trump foreign policy
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Secretary of State Mike PompeoMike PompeoPompeo on CIA recruitment: We can't risk national security to appease 'liberal, woke agenda' DNC gathers opposition research on over 20 potential GOP presidential candidates Dozens of scientists call for deeper investigation into origins of COVID-19, including the lab theory MORE criticized the press for what he characterized as unfair treatment of the Trump administration's foreign policy during an interview on Fox News on Sunday.

Pompeo said the media didn't tell positive stories about what he said were Trump's accomplishments, but said voters "will come to see that the world is safer and their lives are more secure as a result of the way President TrumpDonald TrumpSanders: Reinstating SALT deduction 'sends a terrible, terrible message' GOP braces for wild week with momentous vote One quick asylum fix: How Garland can help domestic violence survivors MORE has done it."

Pompeo made the remarks during an interview with Mark LevinMark Reed LevinBoehner on Bachmann: Right-wing media made 'people who used to be fringe characters into powerful media stars' Boehner says he called Hannity 'a nut' during tense 2015 phone call Worst person in America contest? MORE, who had asked if he thought the press understood the significance of the deal brokered by Trump in which Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates are launching formal diplomatic relations with Israel.


"I couldn’t tell you if they understand it," Pompeo replied.

"If they do, it’s willful deceit to the American people how they speak about this," the secretary said of the press.

"I’ve watched the accomplishments we’ve achieved," he continued. "I could tick off half a dozen here as we sit, right, the strike against Qassem Soleimani, the change to the Middle East, the economic power that we have used to influence our allies and friends to be partners with our friends and to deny resources to regimes like the one that sits in Iran."

"We don’t hear those stories very often in the traditional media outlets, whether that’s The Washington Post or The New York Times or wherever it may be," Pompeo later said. "But I’m confident that the American people will come to see that the world is safer and their lives are more secure as a result of the way President Trump has done it."

Soleimani was the Iranian general killed in an American drone strike at the beginning of this year in Iraq that was ordered by Trump.

Trump's approval rating on foreign policy sits at just 44 percent in the RealClearPolitics index of polls, which is just below his overall approval rating of 45.3 percent.