Trumplomacy: Five takeaways from Pompeo trip to Middle East

Image copyright ANDREW CABALLERO-REYNOLDS via Getty Images Image caption Secretary of State Mike Pompeo meets Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman in Riyadh The US secretary of state’s seven-day tour of the Middle East was an effort to reassure Washington’s allies about the US withdrawal from Syria and draw the region together against Iran. On…

Khashoggi murder: Pompeo to seek update in Riyadh

Image copyright Reuters Image caption US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is on a multi-stop tour of the Middle East US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has said he will ask Saudi Arabia’s crown prince to hold the killers of journalist Jamal Khashoggi “accountable”, ahead of a likely meeting between the two men. Mr Pompeo…

Syria conflict: Pompeo ‘optimistic’ on deal to protect Kurds

Image copyright AFP Image caption The US has an estimated 2,000 troops in northern Syria US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says he is optimistic an agreement can be reached with Turkey to protect Kurdish fighters in Syria after the US leaves. He was speaking in the United Arab Emirates following a phone call with…

Government Shutdown, Mike Pompeo, Jayme Closs: Your Friday Briefing

(Want to get this briefing by email? Here’s the sign-up.) Good morning, We start today with breaking news from Syria, as well as the latest from the government shutdown, which is now tied for the longest in history. And it’s Friday, so there’s a new news quiz. White House sees storm aid as a way…

US to expel every last Iranian boot from Syria – Pompeo

Image copyright AFP Image caption Mike Pompeo gave the US commitment during a visit to Egypt The US will use diplomacy and work with its partners to “expel every last Iranian boot” from Syria, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has vowed. Mr Pompeo warned there would be no US reconstruction aid for areas controlled by…

Pompeo Plans to Press Saudi Leaders Over Killing of Jamal Khashoggi

In a remarkable announcement in November, Mr. Trump said the United States was maintaining its warm relationship with Saudi Arabia, even if the crown prince may have “had knowledge of this tragic event.” Mr. Trump has not spoken out about the Saudi-led coalition’s war against the Houthis in Yemen. Last month, in a rare move…

Pompeo Calls Iran ‘Reckless’ and Argues for Tougher U.N. Stance

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo made a rare appearance at the United Nations Security Council on Wednesday, putting aside his publicly stated skepticism of the organization as he sought to broaden support for the hard-line American stance on Iran. In particular, he accused Iran of having destabilized the Middle East and beyond, through what he…

Lindsey Graham turns on Pompeo over Khashoggi murder

Republican Senators Lindsey Graham and Bob Corker have accused the Saudi crown prince of being “complicit” in the murder of Jamal Khashoggi. Speaking after a briefing by the CIA director, Mr Graham said the Trump administration was being “willfully blind” to evidence of Mohammed bin Salman’s role. Video by Aakrit Thapar and Vruti Venkatesan Source…

Pompeo Questions the Value of International Groups Like U.N. and E.U.

BRUSSELS — In a major speech on Tuesday, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo tried to explain one of the abiding conundrums of the Trump administration: How does a nationalist lead on the international stage? The answer, he said, is to revamp or jettison some treaties and institutions while bolstering others. Among the institutions that Mr….