Pompeo has been accused of “tailoring some President’s Daily Briefs” to fit Trump’s interests.
Bouncing between Brazil, Colombia, and Peru and inflamed with a mission to strengthen international relations, the right hand of U.S. President Donald Trump, State Secretary Mike Pompeo, has been causing a stir across the Latin American continent; his very presence a constant reminder of Trump’s threat of military intervention.
With an extensive resume and an aggressive stance on foreign policy, the 54-year old conservative politician shows a blind allegiance to the ‘American Cause’ even in the face of extreme force and torture.
A three-time member of the House, director of the CIA, a private sector attorney, and a cavalry soldier along the Iron Curtain, the Republican Congressmen was well prepared to assume the role as secretary of state last March after Rex Tillerson’s unceremonious dismissal.
“I’ve worked with Mike Pompeo now for quite some time – tremendous energy, tremendous intellect, we’re always on the same wavelength,” Trump told the media.
After 14 months of whispering into the president’s ear as head of U.S. international intelligence, it would seem unavoidable. However, while still warming a seat in Congress, Pompeo staunchly defended CIA torture tactics as “within the law, within the constitution,” calling the agents “patriots.”
He also advocated keeping the doors of Guantanamo Bay open, arguing that closing the U.S. prison facility would lead to “endless litigation and rights expanded well beyond those afforded to enemy combatants.”
Pompeo has been accused of “tailoring some PDB’s (President’s Daily Briefs)” to fit Trump’s interests rather than sticking to the general intelligence assessments as well as catering legislation to benefit a billion-dollar, industrialist conglomerate, Charles and David Koch, from whom he received financial support for his congressional race in 2010.
He has aligned himself with Trump, supporting the U.S. departure from the Paris Agreement, calling for the death of the National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden, painting terrorism in the Middle East as a religious-based crime, and demanding international observance of “Israel’s sovereign right to have its capital.”
Venezuela’s state's wellbeing has also been a hot topic of debate for the secretary of state, taking center stage for his most recent trip to the continent for the inauguration of Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro.
Pompeo had planned to meet with the right-wing members of South America’s Lima Group to “discuss regional affairs and efforts to defend and promote democracy and human rights in Venezuela, Nicaragua, and Cuba," the politician said.
In the statement, Venezuela denounced the politician’s “interventionist attitude,” saying, that Pompeo came to Latin America to “issue direct orders to governments subordinated to Washington, with the aim of escalating their aggression against the People of Venezuela in its obsessive purpose of seeking a change of regime by force.”