T-Rumps Right Hand Man And Just Another Scumbag In The WhiteHouse

Our International F*ck-Ups Representative F*cked Up Again

  • US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s speech slamming China was an “angry lament” and “extended ideological rant” that would do little to change Beijing’s behavior, said Daniel Russel, former assistant secretary of state for East Asian and Pacific affairs.
  • Specifically, Pompeo’s seeming attempt to rally the Chinese people against the Communist Party of China has the opposite effect of increasing support for the ruling party, he said.
  • Pompeo in his speech called for engagement and empowerment of the Chinese people, whom he described as “dynamic and freedom-loving people who are completely distinct from the Chinese Communist Party.”
  • Michael Hirson, Eurasia Group’s practice head for China and Northeast Asia, said the secretary of State’s remarks got as close as he could to calling for a regime change in China. But with the US presidential election nearing, Chinese policymakers are unlikely to react in way that would “fundamentally” change the two countries’ relationship, he said.
  • “So they’re, to some extent, absorbing these body blows and I think waiting for after the election to decide where Beijing wants to take this relationship,” “For the time being, they’re watching it evolve and are not prepared to take drastic changes that would change the way that Beijing is dealing with this new challenge from the US,” he added.
  • Relations between the US and China — the world’s top two economies — have been at their worst in decades. In addition to the countries’ ongoing trade war, both sides have recently sparred over a range of issues including the origin of the COVID-19 and China’s move to implement a national security law in Hong Kong.
  • Russel said the “blame China” and “get tough on China” rhetoric in the US means tensions between the two countries could worsen.  

Just A Bunch Of Losers In The Cabinet… 
When things are really screwed up because of tariffs and big mouth threats by a really dumbass President and his TV reality cabinet court composed of other f*ck ups, who do you send to console the CHINESE… Mike Pompao.

Thats like sending Stalin to address the prisoners in the Gulags about living conditions… he will just  suggest shooting all of them and solve the problem.  Pompao couldn’t negotiate a truce between two ice cream vendors on the beach at Brighton Beach, Long Island.

The tensions between the US and China are simmering again, but this time it’s not because of the pandemic or any kind of trade war.  T-RUMP in a large magna show of force,  sent and deployed three 100,000-ton US Navy aircraft carriers to the Pacific Ocean for the first time in years.

This has brought and has drawn a swift reaction from China, with state-sponsored media saying Beijing will defend its interests in the region.   

Aircraft carriers are essentially giant floating symbols of dominance, so to have three of them around is quite a statement.  We just added two to the area to contract the base China built on the Spratly Islands . 

US warships have also been active in the highly contested South China Sea this year, an area rife with multi-national conflict. 

Meanwhile, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will meet with Chinese officials to discuss a wide range of issues as the two countries continue to spar over COVID-19 responsibility and Beijing's recent vote to impose a highly contentious national security law in Hong Kong.

In the interim John Boltons new book is out, Friday and it’s supposedly a truth-changer for the Bullshitting Coward Exalted One and his ass-kissing fleet of acolytes like Pence, Barr, and Pompao. 

POMPEO - Just Another Player on the Loosing Squad
We think they play pocket pool together,  Pompeo ( Code name Pompass-ass)  he’s just another follower like Pence, Graham, Barr, Ghoouliani, Kelley, Stephanie, Stephen and the rest of the cesspool serving T-rump crew…  we were better off with the swamp… At least those in the swamp didn’t wind up in jail… the current crew is nothing but ass-kissing losers who are corrupt, liars, party jerk-offs and opportunists…

In August 2019, the State Department’s Office of the Inspector General published a damning report about the improper conduct of Kevin Moley, the assistant secretary of state for international organization affairs.  Among a litany of bad behavior, Moley and one of his staffers were accused of having “frequently berated employees, raised their voices, and generally engaged in unprofessional behavior toward staff.” The result was an exodus of officials from that unit.  OIG recommended disciplinary action for Moley.

Senior members of Pompeo’s team, including the deputy secretary of state and the undersecretary of state for political affairs, acknowledged Moley’s poor conduct in a subsequent closed-door town hall meeting with State Department employees to discuss the issue. The obvious question asked at that meeting was why Moley had not been fired in the wake of the OIG report.  According to Foreign Policy’s Colum Lynch and Robbie Gramer, then-Deputy Secretary of State John Sullivan explained, “The secretary can’t fire an assistant secretary appointed by a president, so it adds a layer of complexity there.” In other words, Pompeo needed to ask President Trump to fire Moley.

This was viewed as puzzling at the time, but in the end, Moley was neither fired nor disciplined. Instead, nearly two months after the OIG report was published, he announced his “long planned retirement” on his own terms. Little wonder that senior diplomats were warning Congress about “a crisis in the State Department” as “senior and mid-level officers ponder an uncertain future and head for the doors,” concluding that,  “ the State Department is being hollowed out from within at a competitive and complex time on the world stage.”

Fast-forward to this month, and President Trump’s firing of State Department Inspector General Steve Linick, who was responsible for the reports discussed above. Miraculously, in this instance Pompeo was somehow able to surmount any added layer of complexity and asked Trump to fire him. The firing was so abrupt that “Linick has since been told that he is physically barred from returning to the State Department even to collect his belongings.”

In an interview with my Post colleague Carol Morello, Pompeo explained that, “Inspector General Linick wasn’t performing a function in a way that we had tried to get him to, that was additive for the State Department, very consistent with what the statute says he’s supposed to be doing.”

Morello also noted that “Pompeo declined to describe what he considers Linick’s failings, or whether his dismissal had anything to do with the prior reports outlining acts of political retribution.” One can only hope, because in the wake of Linick’s firing the following stories about Mike Pompeo’s conduct at the State Department have come to light:

  • According to the New York Times’ Ed Wong and David E. Sanger, “[Linick] was in the final stages of an investigation into whether the administration had unlawfully declared an “emergency” last year to allow the resumption of weapons sales to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates for their air war in Yemen.” Pompeo refused to be interviewed by Linick for that probe.
  • According to NBC News’ Josh Lederman, Laura Strickler and Dan De Luce, Pompeo was orchestrating a series of “Madison dinners” with high-profile GOP donors and officials that had little to do with foreign affairs: “State Department officials involved in the dinners said they had raised concerns internally that the events were essentially using federal resources to cultivate a donor and supporter base for Pompeo’s political ambitions — complete with extensive contact information that gets sent back to [his wife] Susan Pompeo’s personal email address.”
  • The NYT’s Ed Wong and Lara Jakes note that beyond the Madison dinners, Pompeo had cultivated GOP donors in his travels as well: “ He has chosen not to disclose certain meetings that appeared to be linked to those plans while on taxpayer-funded trips.”
  • The Wall Street Journal’s Courtney McBride and Lindsey Wise reported that Linick “ Was investigating allegations that Mr. Pompeo used government resources for personal tasks.” Slate’s Fred Kaplan provided further detail on this charge: “when Susan Pompeo visited her mother in Lafayette, Louisiana, security officials were ordered to pick her up at the airport. Last June, they were told to pack up the house in Lafayette and cart away boxes when her mother prepared to move to a retirement home in Overland Park, Kansas.”
  • All of this has enabled Pompeo to become the biggest hypocrite inside the Beltway, a genuinely impressive accomplishment in a town chock-full of world-class hypocrites. In an editorial last Friday, the Kansas City Star blasted Pompeo’s conduct at the State Department, labeling it “unblinking chutzpah.”
  • Has Pompeo’s hypocrisy accomplished anything that advances the national interest as well as Pompeo’s self-interest? Not really. Despite Pompeo’s denials, reports about low State Department morale persist. None of this has enhanced Pompeo’s credibility abroad either. As the Financial Times’ Ed Luce noted, “Donald Trump’s secretary of state does not finesse his boss’s instincts. He talks through megaphones at Americans. The world is not there to be persuaded. It is a backdrop to Mr Pompeo’s domestic messaging. Foreigners, as a result, have stopped taking him seriously.”
  • As someone who called for Pompeo to resign months ago for being “a competent lackey for Trump and a person who has lost any moral compass he might have possessed,” it would be easy to highlight Pompeo’s hypocrisy and move on.  But it should be stressed that what separates Pompeo is the seething self-righteousness he brings to the table when accused of impropriety. When asked about these improprieties at a brief news conference last week, Pompeo responded by attacking Sen. Robert Menendez for the latter’s ethical issues, going so far as to cite the federal case number.
  • Pompeo is worse than a hypocrite. He is a world-class prig, someone so convinced of his own morality that he believes himself superior to everyone else. What we have learned in the past 10 days is that Mike Pompeo’s priggishness exceeds his hypocrisy. I did not think that was possible. We just consider him another T-RUMP-Peter Scumbag. 

Did Pompeo Hang Our Diplomats Out To Dry? 
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s “behavior is one of the most shameful things I have seen in 40 years of covering U.S. diplomacy,” Tom Friedman writes in a scathing New York Times column. Pompeo has declined to defend US diplomats from the attacks of President T-RUMP  including the alleged campaign to oust former Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch. 

As Friedman writes, that’s despite Pompeo’s own deputy secretary of state, John Sullivan, having “baldly declared” in an Oct. 30 hearing (on his nomination as ambassador to Russia) that Yovanovitch had served “admirably” and that Rudy Giuliani had been “seeking to smear Ambassador Yovanovitch, or have her removed.”

As Friedman notes, former US diplomats Aaron David Miller and Richard Sokolsky argued in a CNN op-ed that “Pompeo enabled the smear campaign to go unchallenged, acquiesced in the Giuliani back channel effort with Ukraine and failed to say a word in defense of Bill Taylor, George Kent or Marie Yovanovitch.” Friedman goes a step further, writing that Pompeo “is trying to hide as much as possible from public view, counting on the next Trump outrage to wash away his own outrageous behavior.”

On January 23, 2017, the Senate confirmed Rep. Mike Pompeo, a Republican congressman from Kansas, as director of the Central Intelligence Agency. Pompeo, 53, has served in the House of Representatives since 2011. He succeeds a 25-year veteran of the CIA, John Brennan, who’s served as the agency’s chief since 2013.

Here’s what you need to know about “ Pompass-ass Pompeo”. 

1. He served in the Army.  ( Ours?)
2. Like T-RUMP, Pompeo spent years as a businessman.   ( Just as crooked) 
3. He is married to Susan Pompeo and together they have one son, Nick. ( Thank Goodness, only one)
4. He was swept into office with the Tea Party movement.  (A true GOP Scumbag Grabbing at GOP sub order Bullsh*t)
5. As a US representative, Pompeo was an outspoken critic of Hillary Clinton’s handling of Benghazi. ( He was wrong)
6. Pompeo thinks Edward Snowden should be put to death.  ( OK, But save a seat for the other traitor T-RUMP)
7. He supports government surveillance programs of Americans and foreign leaders. ( Spoken like a true scumbag)
8. He spoke out in favor of the CIA’s use of torture.  ( Lets use it on him and T-RUMP as a liar and traitor)
9. He’s no fan of food labeling, particularly when it comes to GMOs.  (Explains his fat ass)
10. And he’s stridently pro-life.   ( His mother should have used birth control) 
11. His comments about Muslims have drawn criticism.  ( Criticisms about him have drawn much attention)
12. He supported Marco Rubio.  ( No explanation needed, he’s a fellow scumbag)

Pompeo played a major part in the negotiations leading to the 2018 North Korea–United States Summit, and attended the summit at Singapore on June 12, 2018. Following the summit he led the US party in further negotiations between the sides leading to the return of the remains of US soldiers from Korea and has held several meetings with high ranking North Koreans including the North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un in Pyongyang.

In August 2018, Pompeo thanked Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman “ or Saudi Arabia's support for northeast Syria's urgent stabilization needs".  Pompeo and Crown Prince also discussed the situation in war-torn Yemen.

Pompeo condemned the military crackdown by the Myanmar Army and police on Rohingya Muslims.  In July 2018, Pompeo raised the issue of Xinjiang re-education camps and human rights abuses against the UyghurMuslim minority in China. Pompeo criticized Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei for his refusal to condemn the Chinese government's repressions against the Uyghurs.  

On October 10, 2018, Pompeo said Israel "is everything we want the entire Middle East to look like going forward" and that the Israel–United States relations are "stronger than ever".[70] In March 2019, when questioned regarding Israel's conflicts with Iran and following a visit to the Western Wall with Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Pompeo spoke to "the work that our administration's done to make sure that this democracy in the Middle East, that this Jewish state, remains ... I am confident that the Lord is at work here. 

On November 16, 2018, a CIA assessment was leaked to the media that with "high confidence" Saudi Arabia's crown prince Mohammad bin Salman ordered the assassination of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi. Under mounting pressure from lawmakers who wanted action against Saudi Arabia, Pompeo disputed the CIA’s conclusion and declared there was no direct evidence linking the Crown Prince to the Khashoggi's assassination. 

In rejecting a claimed double standard in recognizing Israel's annexation of the Golan Heights but placing sanctions on Russia for annexing Crimea in 2014, Pompeo said "What the President did with the Golan Heights is recognize the reality on the ground and the security situation necessary for the protection of the Israeli state."

In May 2019, Pompeo met Russian president Vladimir Putin and warned Russia not to interfere in the 2020 United States presidential election.

In October 2019, the State Department web site promoted a speech by Pompeo "On Being a Christian Leader," which he delivered to a Christian group in his official government role. Pompeo touts Christianity in his speech, describes how he applies his faith to his government work. The promotion of the speech by the State Department was met with criticism from those who find it disrespects the separation of church and state in the U.S. government.

Pompeo defended the 2019 Turkish offensive into north-eastern Syria, stating that Turkey has a "legitimate security concern" with "a terrorist threat to their south". However, Pompeo denied that the United States had given a 'green light' for Turkey to attack the Kurds.

Another Evangelical Scumbag
Pompeo has been criticized for being pro-Christian in a way that violates separation of church and state, using the State Department website to promote a speech entitled “ eing a Christian Leader”, creating the Commission on Unalienable Rights, and creating a faith-based employee affinity group that includes contractors.

Pompeo And Ukraine Scandal
Main article: T-RUMP–Ukraine scandal = When asked about his knowledge of the controversial call made by President T-RUMP on July 25, 2019, to Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelenskiy, in which Trump solicited assistance in investigating the son of former Vice President and presidential candidate Joseph Biden.  Pompeo initially said he had little knowledge of Trump's call with Zelenskiy since he had not yet read the transcript of the call. It was later confirmed by officials that he himself had been on the call.

Pompeo informed the chairmen of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, the House Intelligence Committee, and the House Oversight Committee that their subpoenas for documents regarding Trump's communications with the government of Ukraine "can be understood only as an attempt to 'intimidate, bully, and treat improperly, the distinguished professionals of the Department of State'".  “Any effort to intimidate witnesses or prevent them from talking with Congress – including State Department employees – is illegal and will constitute evidence of obstruction of the impeachment inquiry", the three chairmen said in a statement on October 1, 2019.

William B. Taylor Jr., acting ambassador to Ukraine and one of several current and former officials testifying before congressional investigators, testified on Oct. 22, 2019, that the White House was withholding military aid to Ukraine to force cooperation on U.S. domestic political issues, that Rudy Giuliani was running a shadow foreign policy effort parallel to official lines in the State Department, that when John Bolton and others fought the "effort to hijack" the U.S. relationship with the Ukraine, Pompeo failed to respond directly to complaints, leaving Taylor to conclude that lack of timely, congressionally approved military aid would leave Ukrainians dying at the hands of Russian led forces.

On October 23, a federal judge gave the State Department 30 days to release Ukraine-related records, including communications between Pompeo and Rudy Giuliani. ( AKA   RAHOUDI GHOOULIANI)

Washington (Cnn) Revelations
That Secretary of State Mike Pompeo was unwilling to defend career State Department officials under political attack have damaged his standing within the Department and devastated morale there, according to multiple people familiar with the situation.

Details of the inner workings of the Department have emerged this week after House Democrats conducting the impeachment probe began releasing the full testimony of senior State officials, including the ousted former ambassador to Ukraine. Those details have put a spotlight on Pompeo's role in the unfolding impeachment drama and compounded concerns inside the Department that he has prioritized his relationship with President Donald Trump over the well-being of his own staff.

One senior administration official who has been a consistent defender of Pompeo told CNN that conditions within the Department have gotten significantly worse since the start of the impeachment inquiry.   "Morale in the building is always bad, but this is different," said the official. "I think part of it is Ukraine, it is a game changer."

When asked for a State Department response, a senior official pushed back on that characterization.  "This is complete nonsense," the official said. "Everybody in the department is concerned about the political situation in Washington because we are citizens, and we are citizens with a special interest in foreign policy. That is clearly true. But that is different from saying that there is a plummeting morale."

The release on Monday of testimony from former US ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch and Michael McKinley, the former senior adviser to Pompeo, were damaging to Pompeo internally, said this official.

Honesty - Transparency - Trust And An Exemplary Resume
Former US ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch , testified on Capitol Hill, in October as part of impeachment inquiry into President Donald T-RUMP.  Yovanovitch, for instance, testified that as allies of Trump (including his lawyer, Rudy Giuliani) were publicly attacking her and calling for her removal, she pushed the Department to speak up and defend her. But Yovanovitch's requests went unanswered, furthering concerns that Pompeo would not defend other foreign service officials who became targets of the President and his friends.

Asked by congressional investigators if she felt threatened by the President, Yovanovitch testified that she did.  Other parts of the sworn testimony have contradicted Pompeo's public statements. McKinley testified that he raised the idea of putting out a statement of support for Yovanovitch directly with Pompeo three times and the Secretary did nothing substantive to respond.

In an interview with ABC News last month, Pompeo denied that McKinley ever raised the idea of drafting such a statement, adding emphatically that, “ not once” did he hear from his senior adviser about issuing such a statement.   The State Department did not reply when asked if Pompeo wanted to revise what he had said. 

There are now fears inside the State Department that the White House may review the transcripts and look for ways to criticize those officials who did testify, two current State officials told CNN.

Diplomats say they're in a 'strange parallel universe' amid impeachment probe

"We are increasingly worried about backlash against career officials," one State official said. "Especially if Trump wins in 2020, or if Secretary Pompeo stays on as Secretary of State."

On Wednesday morning Pompeo departed Washington for a trip to Germany. Ulrich Brechbuhl, Pompeo's top advisor and West Point classmate, defied a subpoena to appear before Congress as part of the impeachment inquiry today. He is traveling with Pompeo instead. 

After leading the CIA, Mike Pompeo took over a demoralized State Department in April 2018.

When Pompeo took over as Secretary in April 2018, hopes were high within the Department that he would improve conditions left by his predecessor, Rex Tillerson, who had clashed with the foreign service professionals and sought to gut the Department's budget. Officials were encouraged by Pompeo's close relationship with the President, and some felt that he would use his access to Trump to protect the broader interests of the Department and its personnel who felt undermined by Tillerson. 

Things did improve during the first year of Pompeo's tenure. Part of what makes his recent behavior so confounding, says the senior administration official with knowledge, is that Pompeo improved morale as the Director of CIA, and had done the same after initially taking over from Tillerson.

"He was great at CIA and he is great when he is overseas and meets with embassy staff," the official said. "[He] greets staff, spouses, gives a pep talk. Fabulous. He doesn't get credit for that."

McKinley testified to Congress last month he was relieved that Pompeo had restored much of the process that had been scuttled under Tillerson.

Michael McKinley, a former State Department adviser, arrives to the deposition related to the House's impeachment inquiry in the Capitol Visitor Center on Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2019.   "He does deserve credit for rebuilding the institution, processes, creating opportunities, and, frankly, ambitions for the Foreign Service," McKinley said.

Not everyone in Foggy Bottom has soured on Pompeo.  David Hale, one of Pompeo's senior advisors who is a career foreign service officer, is expected to tell lawmakers during his testimony on Wednesday that Pompeo was reluctant to defend Yovanovitch because it would hurt efforts to get Ukraine military aid, according to the Associated Press. 

A senior State Department official did not agree with those who have expressed a need for a Pompeo statement supporting Yovanovtich, saying that kind of statement would be "odd" if Pompeo wants to continue being an "effective member of the cabinet."

"His purpose is to make sure the American policy of support for Ukraine including military support for Ukraine was maintained. That was a successful policy," the source said.

On Tuesday at a public diplomacy event where Pompeo spoke to foreign based public affairs officers, he received a standing ovation twice, a State Department official told CNN.

But over the past several months, tensions have arisen between Pompeo and the career staff. From the beginning, Pompeo has chafed at the Department's penchant for leaks to the press and has bristled at the more independent-minded diplomats. His management style has remained brusque, current State Department officials say. 

Frustrations built up after what officials say was a failure to address "disrespectful and hostile treatment" identified in a report by the State Department inspector general. Pompeo’s constant dalliances with a potential run for Senate in Kansas in 2020 have also confounded people in the building…

Trump’s Yes Man At State
Internal tension at State has intensified as the Ukraine saga has unfolded. Beginning with the forced removal in May of Yovanovitch from her post in Kiev, coupled with the lack of a response from Pompeo, confidence in the secretary waned as many State officials worried that Pompeo's access to Trump had only protected himself.

The growing animosity toward Pompeo extends outside the building to the Department's extensive alumni network. The Yovanovitch episode prompted a bipartisan group of 27 former foreign service and high-ranking national security officials to write a letter to Pompeo in October defending Yovanovitch against attacks by Trump and his allies. The former officials also called on Pompeo to "unequivocally" condemn those attacks.

One of the signatories was Eric Edelman, a career foreign service officer who served as a US ambassador under both Bill Clinton and George W. Bush. Edelman told CNN that Pompeo has diminished his credibility within the Department and around the world by aligning himself so closely and publicly with Trump, putting him at odds with Pompeo's own team of officials.

Pompeo feels frustrated and victimized amid impeachment controversy.  "Pompeo was able to suck up to Trump in private as CIA director. But the sucking up as secretary of state had to go on in public," Edelman said.

The overarching worry within the Department and elsewhere in the administration is Pompeo's close relationship with Trump -- with one State official calling the Secretary a "yes man" for the President. A former White House official referred to Pompeo as a "sycophant" who challenges Trump even less than Vice President Mike Pence.

"In private, Pence will actually push the President harder," said the former White House official. "The other problem is that he [Pompeo] elects not to use his strength. When he does, it is positive, he is there, but only on the margins. I don't know if he lacks the courage, or if it is a political calculation."

There are even concerns that Pompeo's appeasement of Trump hasn't given him the ability to guide the President in a responsible direction -- and that Pompeo has only enabled Trump's problematic behavior.

"He talks to the President more than most people, and he tries to be a force for good. But I don't think he [Trump] takes a whole lot of guidance from Mike," said the former White House official.

The State Department did not respond to a request for comment.

Flirting With Kansas
An additional source of consternation within the Department, say multiple people familiar, is with what the Secretary may decide to do next: run for Senate in his home state of Kansas.

Originally elected to the House of Representatives in 2010 from a Wichita-based district, Pompeo has been signaling his interest in succeeding retiring Republican Sen. Pat Roberts. In 2019 so far, he has taken four visits (including three official State trips) to Kansas. He has also done 7 interviews with local radio and newspapers in the past two weeks.

Facing divisive Kansas Senate race, Republicans pine for Pompeo,  (Are they frickin nuts?)

Pompeo has publicly downplayed the possibility he would run, but his activities in Kansas have prompted scrutiny from the local press. In an October 24 interviewwith the Wichita Eagle and Kansas City Star, Pompeo refused to answer questions about the impeachment inquiry and characterized a question about the administration's treatment of the Kurds in Syria as "insane."

An October 25 editorial from the Kansas City Star was harsh. "Mike Pompeo, either quit and run for U.S. Senate in Kansas or focus on your day job," the headline read.

According to two State officials, some in the Department are expressing hope that Pompeo does leave to run for the Senate. Their wish is, in part, driven by fears that if he stayed Pompeo might enable a retaliation effort against diplomats who cooperated with the impeachment inquiry. Some are whispering in the hallways at State about who could be next to fill Pompeo's shoes, those two officials said.

US allies also have the sense that Pompeo could be preparing to leave State in the coming months. Last month, diplomats from a close ally met with their US counterparts at the State Department. A source familiar with the meeting said that normally the two countries coordinate on plans well into the future. This time, however, the senior US officials would not discuss anything past the end of the new year, though nothing was explicitly said about Pompeo leaving.

These jaunts to Kansas have also caught the attention of political allies outside the building, and not in a good way. One congressional aide said there's been a noticeable proliferation of press releases highlighting Pompeo's local radio interviews. 

One senior Republican on the Hill told CNN Pompeo must be getting “bad advice."   "He should not be doing interviews if he doesn't know what to say about impeachment," said that Republican. "And since we don't know what is going on, it makes it even worse."

Another senior Republican, with knowledge of Pompeo’s activities in the last few months, said the Secretary has been a "total disaster" in these interviews in the local press.  "I don't understand it. He should not be running to Kansas every other week," said this Republican, who summed up the last few months for Pompeo:

"Total, complete meltdown."

ATCH 10-27-2020