Mike Pompeo

Politics • American • US
Vatican denies Mike Pompeo audience with Pope Francis
U.S. Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo meets with His Holiness Pope Francis in Vatican City, on October 3, 2019
U.S. Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo meets with His Holiness Pope Francis in Vatican City, on October 3, 2019 Credit: U.S. Department of State from United States / Wikimedia Commons (Public Domain)

Vatican's Secretary of State Cardinal Pietro Parolin and Foreign Minister Archbishop Paul Gallagher have stated that Mike Pompeo, the US Secretary of State, has been denied an audience with Pope Francis and stated that "the pope had already said clearly that political figures are not received in election periods".

Politics • Middle Eastern
U.S. unilaterally declares U.N. sanctions on Iran are back in force
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo Credit: Bundesministerium für europäische und internationale Angelegenheiten (Creative Commons Attribution 2.0)

The United States unilaterally proclaimed on Saturday that United Nations sanctions against Iran are back in force. The U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said "Today, the United States welcomes the return of virtually all previously terminated UN sanctions on the Islamic Republic of Iran."

Pompeo also stated "If UN member states fail to fulfill their obligations to implement these sanctions, the United States is prepared to use our domestic authorities to impose consequences for those failures and ensure that Iran does not reap the benefits of UN-prohibited activity."

In a joint letter to the U.N. Security Council, France, Germany, and United Kingdom said "Any decision or action taken with a view to re-installing [the sanctions] would be incapable of legal effect."

And the Russian foreign ministry stated "The illegitimate initiatives and actions of the United States by definition cannot have international legal consequences for other countries."

Politics • Middle Eastern
US pressures Assad with new round of sanctions

The US has introduced new sanctions on the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. The sanctions fall under the Caesar Act, which went into effect in June, 2020 and targets industries and entities that deal with the Assad administration, including those in Iran and Russia. U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the purpose of the sanctions is to pressure Assad into ending the war, which has entered its ninth year.

Syria is currently facing an economic crisis, with many struggling to find food and other basic goods. Syrian officials have blamed the worsening conditions on American and EU sanctions.

Kelly Craft, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, stated the sanctions are not meant to harm civilians, nor do they target humanitarian efforts.

Politics • American • US
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo states that the United States are considering to ban TikTok
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo states that the United States are considering to ban TikTok
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During an interview at Fox News, Laura Ingraham asked the United States Secretary of State Mike Pompeo if the Trump Administration is considering to ban Chinese social media apps such as TikTok. Pompeo stated that "With respect to Chinese apps on people's cell phones, I can assure you the United States will get this one right too, Laura" and that he doesn't "want to get out in front of the President, but it's something we're looking at". He also stated security concerns with TikTok and suggested that people should only install the app on their phones if they want their "private information in the hands of the Chinese Communist Party".

Politics • Asian • China
Chinese state media dismisses accusation that Covid-19 originated in a laboratory

The Global Times newspaper, which is owned by the Chinese State and controlled by the ruling Chinese Communist Party, has published an editorial article reaction to the accusation of the US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo that there was "enormous evidence" for a laboratory origination of Covid-19. The article stated that "Pompeo does not have any evidence, and during Sunday's interview, he was bluffing" and asks for Pompeo to "present this so-called evidence to the world".