Mike Pompeo stridently defends America First policy during his barnstorming CPAC speech and says that the free world benefits from a ‘fearless, bold and strong’ US
- Former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo appeared at the Conservative Political Action Conference Saturday
- He promised to ‘let it rip’ because he’s no longer America’s top diplomat
- Pompeo used his speech to tout Trump-era foreign policy successes
- Rep. Lauren Boebert also appeared at the Orlando-based conference on a panel about the Second Amendment
- Former President Donald Trump will take the CPAC stage Sunday
Former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo promised the crowd at the Conservative Political Action Conference Saturday that he was ‘going to let it rip’ as he touted Donald Trump’s ‘America First’ policies.
‘I’m not a diplomat,’ he reminded the crowd as he took stage in Orlando, Florida on Saturday, offering a defense of Trump’s foreign policy while criticizing President Joe Biden’s early moves.
‘I sent messages repeatedly to bad guys around the world that if you touch an American, you’ll pay dearly,’ he told the crowd. ‘America First secures our freedom and the entire world benefits when America is fearless, bold and strong.’
He said Trump’s decision to leave the Paris climate agreement was the right move and slammed Biden for rejoining the pact: ‘When President Biden reentered this deal I can tell you that [Chinese leader] Xi Jinping was smiling every single minute, and the American worker lost.’
Former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo promised the crowd at the Conservative Political Action Conference Saturday that he was ‘going to let it rip’
Former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo promised that he would ‘let it rip’ during his CPAC speech, which he used to tout former President Donald Trump’s foreign policy achievements
Pompeo also lashed out at Biden’s domestic decisions, such as canceling the KeystoneXL pipeline, which the ex-secretary of state said ‘killed 10,000 jobs.’
The former top diplomat bragged that the mostly symbolic sanctions that China and Iran had levied against him were evidence that his aggressive approach toward adversaries worked.
‘Never forget that China depends more on us than we do on them,’ he said. ‘President Trump understood that, our foreign policy understood that, and we protected the American worker from the Chinese Communist Party’s predation.’
Pompeo also touted the relocation of the U.S. embassy in Israel and the Abraham Accords as huge foreign policy successes.
He also pointed to Trump’s dealings with the North Koreans, including two meetings with leader Kim Jong Un.
‘Exactly zero tests have been conducted,’ Pompeo said of the North Korean nuclear program, in the aftermath of two summits. ‘That’s real foreign policy.’
Former U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks at CPAC on Saturday
Rep. Lauren Boebert will speak at CPAC Saturday afternoon
Former President Donald Trump (left) is photographed on his West Palm Beach golf course Saturday alongside Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton (right) a day before he’s expected to appear at CPAC
Pompeo also mocked Biden for saying ‘America is back.’
‘Back to what?’ he asked.
He then suggested that Biden would go too easy on Iran.
The keynote speech offered Pompeo to chance to carve out his own lane for a potential political future, and he used it to signal he intends to appeal to Trump’s base.
Saturday’s CPAC will also feature an appearance by pro-Second Amendment firebrand Rep. Lauren Boebert.
Trump is due to make his first speech as a private citizen at the prominent conservative conference on Sunday.