People will look back and see that President Donald Trump and his administration got good things done, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said.
“Look, what happened that day was terrible, and I have said repeatedly that those folks who engaged in this activity need to be identified, prosecuted, and they are criminals and ought to be treated as such,” Pompeo said about the Jan. 6 breach of the U.S. Capitol.
“But history will reflect on the good work that this president and our administration has done. Those books will be written about the changes that we have made in the world, the recognition that we have taken about reality, sovereignty, respect for basic dignity and human rights, a return to the founding principles in a way that previous administrations had not done. I’ll let others write it, but I think that those actions—the actual things that happened—will be reflected in a way that shows there was good work done on behalf of the American people.”
Pompeo was speaking to the “Hugh Hewitt Show.”
Pompeo spent most of the interview discussing the Chinese Communist Party and the Trump administration’s relatively hardline stance against it, compared to past administrations.
Asked if he was worried that a Joe Biden administration would essentially be a third term of President Barack Obama, Pompeo said, “I don’t want to comment on the people, but the policy matters an awful lot.”
“You’ve seen President Trump and our administration lay out a robust response to the great power competition that the Chinese Communist Party presents to the United States. We believe we have the right end of the stick on this. We think this is the right direction of travel. We think the American people demand it,” he said.
“We have seen the world respond to this in positive ways. We’ve seen the Australians do remarkable work in pushing back. We’ve seen the Japanese, the South Koreans. We’ve developed the Quad now with the Indians that is very powerful in simply saying no, we’re not trying to punish, we are not trying to contain China. We are simply demanding that they engage in the world in a way that big nations with large economies, powerful militaries—we haven’t even talked about their missile program and their nuclear program—with countries that have real capacity to destabilize and make the world insecure—there is a requirement, there is responsibility that comes with it. And the United States ought to lead—whoever is president of the United States ought to lead—the path forward in responding to the Chinese Communist Party in this way.”
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