On Tuesday, President Trump nominated Mike Pompeo to head the US State Department after firing Rex Tillerson. The sudden departure sparked concerns about the credibility of American diplomatic personnel being directed by an already chaotic White House, especially as negotiations with North Korea are imminent.
Pompeo became America’s number one spy back in January 2017. During his 14 months at the CIA, he took a confrontational stance toward Iran and gave staunch support to Israel, views more in line with Trump than with Tillerson. His public statements on North Korea give us a peak into how talk with the Kim regime may look under new diplomatic leadership:
Last October of 2017 Pompeo said Pyongyang was would soon be able to threaten a U.S. city with nuclear weapons, agreeing with Trump on the failure of previous administrations for failing to end North Korea’s nuclear weapons program. He continued, “With respect to, if Kim Jong Un should vanish, given the history of the CIA, I’m just not going to talk about it. Someone might think there was a coincidence.”
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Danielle Bizier is a former Counterintelligence Officer and Instructor with the Defense Intelligence Agency. She has a B.A. In East Asian Studies and an M.A. in Security Policy and her intelligence career primarily focused on China. Boy Mom. Cheesehead. Would be rockstar.
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