The committee’s top Democrat, Senator Robert Menendez, said the US administration had “succumbed” to Russian President Vladimir Putin by withdrawing troops from Germany, focusing on the central focus of Pompe’s possession in Iran, noting that the country “is much closer to a nuclear bomb, like when you came to the office. He also criticized Pompe’s “maximum pressure campaign” for failing to stop Iran’s aggressive actions in the Middle East.
Menendez said he had not stopped Beijing̵7;s “march in the South China Sea” or “suppressing and oppressing its own people” in Hong Kong in the case of all Pompey’s “riots against China.”
“Under US supervision, they faced failure after failure on the world stage, transferred leverage and influenced our opponents,” Menendez said.
Pompeo unreservedly denied that the administration had helped Putin in any way. He claims that no US administration in history is tougher in Russia and boasts that “300 Russians who were in Syria” are no longer “on the planet”, referring to the 2018 skirmish in Syria, which resulted in the killing dozens of Russian military contractors in the United States.
“This administration has acted to protect our interests and our friends,” Pompeo said in a testimony.
After the US withdrawal from Germany, which Trump complained of, did not pay its fair share of its own defense, Pompeo noted that US troops would move to other areas in Europe, even closer to the Russian border. According to the Pentagon, US forces will move to Italy, Belgium and back to the United States.
Senator Jeanne Shaheen (DN.H.) noted that Russia was the only country that “publicly supported” the withdrawal of troops. Pompeo replied that US troops would be “fully available” to relocate if needed, noting that the Kremlin was irritated by the fact that some troops would move closer to the Russian border.
Pompeo emphasized his knowledge of the issue and said, “I fought on the border of East Germany” during his service in the army during the Cold War. Shaheen shot, noting that “your unit is returning to the United States” due to a change in policy.
Menendez asked Pompey if he had pushed Russian officials to accuse Moscow of offering the Afghan Taliban a reward for killing American and coalition troops. Pompeo declined to say whether he made the allegation, but said he and his Russian colleagues regularly feared the United States.
This week, Trump told reporter Axios that he did not speak in return for talks with Putin because he questioned the intelligence.
Pompeo also acknowledged that he had recommended the release of the State Department’s internal watchdog. Inspector General, Steve Linick, investigated allegations that Pompeo and his wife Susan had improperly allowed personnel and diplomatic security to do personal work, such as picking up exemptions and other marches, and that Pompeo was unduly pushing arms sales packages to Saudi Arabia in connection with objections to Congress.
Pompeo denied any knowledge of Linick’s investigations, with the exception of the Saudi weapons probe, but said it was not the motivation for his decision.
Republicans largely defended the Trump government’s foreign policy report, with the exception of Senator Mitt Romney, Utah, who criticized Trump’s “blissful praise” of Chinese President Xi Jinping and the withdrawal of troops in Germany. Romney said he had heard “from the highest levels of the German government” that the decision was seen as an insult to an important ally.
Senator Tim Kaine (D-Va.) Asked Pompeo about the appropriateness of Trump’s proposal on Twitter on Thursday that the US presidential election in November should be postponed. Pompeo declined to say whether it would be illegal or wrong, except that the election should be made “legally.”