President Trump tweeted a video of Secretary of State Mike Pompeo addressing an attack by the Islamic Republic on two oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman. Pompeo reminded everyone that on April 22nd, Iran promised the world that it would interrupt the flow of oil through the Strait of Hormuz. Pompeo listed a series of terror attacks by the Islamic Republic, including on May 19th when a rocket landed near the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad.
Pompeo explained, “Taken as a whole, these unprovoked attacks present a clear threat to international peace and security, a blatant assault on the freedom of navigation and an unacceptable campaign of escalating tension by Iran. Prime Minister Abe made a trip, a historic trip to Iran to ask the regime to deescalate and enter into talks. Iran’s supreme leader rejected Prime Minister Abe’s diplomacy today, by saying he has no response to President Trump and will not answer. The supreme leader’s government then insulted Japan, by attacking a Japanese oil tanker just outside of Iranian waters, threatening the lives of the entire crew—creating a maritime emergency.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 13, 2019
Pompeo to the press, “Iran is lashing out because the regime wants our successful maximum pressure campaign lifted,” he continued, “No economic sanctions entitle the Islamic Republic to attack innocent civilians, disrupt global oil markets, and engage in nuclear blackmail.”
“This assessment is based on intelligence, the weapons used, the level of expertise needed to execute the operation, recent similar Iranian attacks on shipping, and the fact that no proxy group operating in the area has the resources and proficiency to act with such a high degree of sophistication,” Pompeo said.
Here’s a video of one of the oil tankers that was attacked by the Islamic Republic.
— Press TV (@PressTV) June 13, 2019
Meanwhile, former Secretary John Kerry is negotiating behind the scenes with Iranian officials.
In September 2019, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo had strong words for John Kerry during a press conference at the state department:
“What Secretary Kerry did was unseemly and unprecedented. This is a former secretary of state engaged with the world’s largest state sponsor of terror, and according to him…you don’t have to take my word for it, these are his answers…he was talking to them. He was telling them to wait out this administration.”
“You can’t find precedent for this in U.S. history, and Secretary Kerry ought not to engage in that kind of behavior. It’s inconsistent with what the foreign policy of the United States is as directed by this president, and it is beyond inappropriate for him to be engaged in this.”
Kerry, in an interview with radio host Hugh Hewitt to promote his new book, said that he has met with Iranian Former Minister Javad Zarif—the former secretary’s onetime negotiating partner—three or four times in recent months behind the Trump administration’s back.
“I think I’ve seen him three or four times” – John Kerry said, adding that he has been conducting sensitive diplomacy without the current administration’s authorization. Kerry said he has criticized the current administration in these discussions, chiding it for not pursuing negotiations from Iran, despite the country’s fevered rhetoric about the U.S. president.
“Conducting sensitive diplomacy”? When will this clown from the former Obama regime be held accountable for his actions? Do you think he should be tried for treason? Tell us what you think in the comment section below.