Pompeo Ushers In ‘Let Trump be Trump’
CIA Director Mike Pompeo, who has long been a much stronger Trump supporter than Rex Tillerson ever was, will step into his new role as secretary of state without the baggage of a globalist mindset. Pompeo brings a welcomed, “outsider” enthusiasm and focus that Tillerson unfortunately lacked.
“Tremendous energy, tremendous intellect, we’re always on the same wavelength,” Trump said about Pompeo after picking him. “The relationship has been very good, and that’s what I need as secretary of state.”
In addition to his stellar record of being first in his class in West Point and then serving in the Army, Pompeo has a strongly conservative track record as a congressman from Kansas. His positions include being outspokenly pro-life and taking many stances that fit hand-in-glove with those of Trump and the conservative movement.
Phyllis Schlafly praised the freshman congressman Pompeo in early 2011, for sponsoring a budget amendment that would have cut $8.5 million from the EPA’s Greenhouse Gas Registry. She applauded how Pompeo observed that the registry would be “the very foundation of the EPA’s effort to pursue its radical anti-jobs agenda.”
Unlike Tillerson, Pompeo has been a leader in cracking down on terrorists from Muslim countries. When confronted with an alleged hunger strike at the Guantanamo Bay detention camp for terrorists, Pompeo took it upon himself to personally visit the camp and quipped afterwards that it looked to him “like a lot of them have put on weight.”
With Mike Pompeo in charge at the State Department, Americans can be more confident that the interests of the United States will be foremost in any foreign policy decision-making. His bold stands should fit well in Trump’s America First foreign policy vision.
It took a year, but we have finally arrived to the point of “let Trump be Trump,” reminiscent of the moment in 1984 when “let Reagan be Reagan” started to carry the day. President Trump is acting boldly on his instincts rather than being blocked and dissuaded by naysayers around him, and there is no limit to what he can achieve with this approach.