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December 1, 2019 9:41 am

Pompeo: Iran Should Know There is a Cost to Malign Activity ‘Wherever It Takes Place’

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US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaking to the Iranian American community in California on July 22, 2018. Photo: YouTube screenshot. – “Hi, this is Mike,” US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said right at the start of my phone conversation with him. I was told he has always been down-to-earth with everyone, even as the CIA director or a congressman or a businessman, and the way he began our conversation demonstrated that.

Pompeo is a very strong supporter of Israel, and as is the case in many aspects of his work, his actions reflect his words.

Just minutes after he was sworn in at the State Department in April 2018, he departed on his first foreign trip, which included Israel. This was no coincidence.

He had been less than 49 hours on the job when he met Israeli officials, and the message was clear: the Trump administration’s second secretary of state is a very powerful and active official, and our small country is very much a priority.

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