Journalist gives Pompeo wedge of cheese to protest tariffs during his trip to Italy

Journalist gives Pompeo wedge of cheese to protest tariffs during his trip to Italy
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An Italian television personality gave Secretary of State Mike PompeoMichael (Mike) Richard PompeoForeign Relations Democrat calls on Iran to release other American prisoners Documentary groups challenge Trump administration's vetting of immigrants' social media Iran releases American graduate student in prisoner swap MORE a wedge of Parmesan cheese on Tuesday during a press conference in Rome with Italy's prime minister.

Video shows the woman, Le Iene correspondent Alice Martinelli, approaching the two officials and presenting Pompeo with the cheese, which a smiling Pompeo accepted.


He also thanked her for the gift before she was led away by security.

Martinelli can be heard explaining to Pompeo that the cheese is "what we make best in Italy," and urging him to speak with President TrumpDonald John TrumpPence: It's not a "foregone conclusion" that lawmakers impeach Trump FBI identifies Pensacola shooter as Saudi Royal Saudi Air Force second lieutenant Trump calls Warren 'Pocahontas,' knocks wealth tax MORE about trade policy and the administration's tariffs.

"Take it to Mr. Trump, please, and tell him we make it with our heart," she said.

La Iene, a comedy program and satirical newscast, tweeted after the event that Martinelli had delivered the cheese to Pompeo in protest against "tariffs that would kill our exports," according to a translation.

Earlier this year, the Trump administration implemented $25 billion worth of tariffs on European goods, including Parmesan and other cheeses.

Trump and European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker announced a plan in July to work toward zero tariffs between the U.S. and the European Union, but negotiations appear to have stalled and the EU is reportedly considering retaliatory tariffs on billions of dollars' worth of U.S. goods.

—Updated at 2:36 p.m.