Former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, on Thursday, Feb. 4, reacted to President Joe Biden’s remarks outlining his foreign policy priorities that “America is back.”
In his first diplomatic address as president on Thursday at the Department of State, Biden declared “America is back” on the global stage. Biden signaled aggressive approaches to the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) and Russia and announced an end to U.S. support for a Saudi Arabia–led military campaign in Yemen.
“American leadership must meet this new moment of advancing authoritarianism, including the growing ambitions of China [CCP] to rival the United States and the determination of Russia to damage and disrupt our democracy. We must meet the new moment … accelerating global challenges from the pandemic to the climate crisis to nuclear proliferation,” said Biden.
In his first days in office, Biden has been working to reverse former President Donald Trump’s policies by reviving the Iran deal, renewing U.S. membership in the Paris accord and the World Health Organization.
“American alliances are our greatest asset. And leading with diplomacy means standing shoulder to shoulder with our allies and key partners once again,” Biden said.
Biden says America will confront China
Biden called Beijing “our most serious competitor,” saying, “We’ll confront China’s economic abuses, counter its aggressive, coercive action to push back on China’s attack on human rights, intellectual property, and global governance. But we’re ready to work with Beijing when it’s in America’s interest to do so.”
But Pompeo, who served under former President Trump, took issue with Biden’s remarks, asking, “Does he mean back to when ISIS controlled a caliphate in Syria that was the size of Britain?”
“I hope not. President Trump and our team took that down,” Pompeo told Fox News’s Trey Gowdy in an interview.
“When he says “back,” when America is back, does he mean back to letting China [CCP] walk all over us, destroying millions of jobs in places like Kansas and South Carolina, that we know so well? I hope that’s not what he means by back,” he continued.
Pompeo comments on American allies
“He talked about allies when he said, go back, does he mean back to dissing allies and friends like Israel and treating the terrorists in Iran like friends by giving them $150 billion in pallets of cash? I don’t think the American people can afford to go back to eight more years of Barack Obama’s foreign policy. I hope they’ll move forward with a foreign policy look much more like our America first foreign policy,” Pompeo said.
On May 1, 2020, Trump issued executive order 13920, which recognizes “that foreign adversaries are increasingly creating and exploiting vulnerabilities in the United States bulk-power system.” Trump forbade the use of grid equipment made in China, Russia, or other hostile nations.
However, less than a week into his presidency, Biden issued an executive order “buried amid matters purportedly designed to combat climate change” to suspend Trump’s order for “90 days while asking the secretary of energy to use the time to consider if a replacement order should be issued.”
A move that puts U.S. security at greater risk to the Chinese Communist Party, according to the Washington Examiner.