Biden Campaign Slams Pompeo Ahead of His Speech at the Republican National Convention

Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden’s campaign is blasting Secretary of State Mike Pompeo ahead of his scheduled speech at the Republican National Convention on Tuesday.

Pompeo is scheduled to deliver remarks from Israel, a move that has drawn criticism from some who have noted that the sitting secretary of state usually does not participate in a political convention.

Additionally, Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee Eliot Engel (D-N.Y.) tweeted on Monday that his committee had found an internal document that showed Pompeo had approved new restrictions that prohibit Senate-confirmed appointees from participating in political events.

The State Department has said that Pompeo will address the convention in a private capacity.

Biden Deputy Campaign Manager Kate Bedingfield said in a press release, “Secretary Pompeo’s decision to address the Republican Convention from Jerusalem isn’t just an abuse of taxpayer dollars; it undermines the critical work being done by the State Department.”

The Charlotte Convention Center is set for delegates to gather for the roll call vote to renominate Donald Trump to be President of the United States and Mike Pence to be Vice President, in Charlotte, North Carolina, U.S., August 24, 2020. Travis Dove/Pool via REUTERS

She continued, “Every day America’s diplomats abroad proudly represent our country — not a political party — but Mike Pompeo’s repeated and blatant use of his office for overtly political purposes only serves to undercut their work, and it further weakens the critical alliances and global relationships that have already been so badly damaged by this administration’s recklessness.”

“Making this inherently partisan address from Jerusalem is also the latest instance of this administration seeking to use Israel as a political wedge issue, when the historic bipartisan support in Washington for Israel and her security should never be subordinated to politicization for personal gain. Even by this administration’s abysmally low standards, Secretary Pompeo’s decision to serve as an errand boy for the President’s reelection on a taxpayer-funded diplomatic mission, and his decision to use one of our closest partners as a political prop in the process, is absolutely disgraceful.”

On Sunday, Republican National Committee Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel was asked if it is appropriate for Pompeo to deliver remarks at the convention.

“It’s appropriate to talk about this administration and what’s happening with this administration and the policies that have made the lives better of the American people,” she responded.

McDaniel added, “Everything that we’re doing will be paid for by the Republican National Committee and the campaign.”

Responses

  1. “Demonrats is SO askew! Good Lord! It’s like they have become possessed by some kind of evil entity that had affected their thought process! Shanking (sic) my damn head!” Linda

    Yeah, sane people shake our heads at the idiocy and evil entities on the right, too. What are you going to do about it?

  2. “Pompeo is scheduled to deliver remarks from Israel, a move that has drawn criticism from some who have noted that the sitting secretary of state usually does not participate in a political convention.”
    Criticism form who, the Demonrats? Well, I have to say that there were many things in the Demonrats convention that weren’t “usual” as well! If IJR is going to go there……….the sitting secretary of state HRC did a shitload of things that were not “usual” when SHE held the office.
    And then “Making this inherently partisan address from Jerusalem is also the latest instance of this administration seeking to use Israel as a political wedge issue, when the historic bipartisan support in Washington for Israel and her security should never be subordinated to politicization for personal gain.”
    ARE YOU KIDDING ME? This is like the pot calling the kettle black! Hunter Biden used his father’s position in politics and got a job sitting on the Board of a company from
    RUSSIA! He made so much money it was obscene! Now excuse me but this policy of the
    Demonrats is SO askew! Good Lord! It’s like they have become possessed by some kind of evil entity that had affected their thought process! Shanking my damn head!

  3. “They hate Israel” HWB

    HWB is confused.

    The left don’t hate Israel. They oppose the aggressive, anti-Palestinian Israeli GOVERNMENT, but idiots like YOU have no interest AT ALL in understanding that distinction.

  4. The Democrats should STFU and sit this one out on Israel. They hate Israel until they can use it for a dig at this administration. It wasn’t appropriate for Obama to use US taxpayer’s money to fund Bibi’s political opponentS in an attempt to thwart Bibi’s re-election, yet he did it anyway!!

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