Mike Pompeo

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Born Michael Richard Pompeo
30 December 1963
Orange, California, U.S.
Alma mater United States Military Academy, Harvard University
Children 1
Spouse Susan Pompeo
Party Republican

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In office
April 26, 2018 - Present

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In office
January 23, 2017 - April 26, 2018
Deputy Gina Haspel

Mike Pompeo succeeded Rex Tillerson as US Secretary of State having been nominated by President Donald Trump in March 2018.[1] Mike Pompeo was confirmed by the US Senate on 26 April 2018, in a 57–42 vote[2][3][4] and was sworn in the same day.[5]

Tea Party politician

Mike Pompeo has been the U.S. Representative for Kansas's 4th congressional district since 2011. He is a member of the Tea Party movement within the Republican Party.[6][7]

Ten things

On 18 November 2016, Breitbart News published "ten things you did not know about Rep. Mike Pompeo".[8]

CIA Director

Having served as a Kansas representative on the Republican National Committee, Mike Pompeo was selected by President-elect Donald Trump in November 2016 to be Director of the Central Intelligence Agency.[9]

Lying about Khan Sheikhun

In July 2017, Ludwig De Braeckeleer on Intel Today alleged that the then CIA Director was obviously lying when he said that he had assembled “a couple hundred folks at the Agency” in order to solve the Khan Sheikhun chemical attack in less than 24 hours. Mike Pompeo had said in a speech:

"I’ve now spent six months nearly working for President Trump. He is a demanding customer, and frankly, we like it that way. It shows he depends on us and values what we do. Let me give you a brief example to illustrate that point.
"Back in April one afternoon, I got a call from the president. He wants to talk about some disturbing images that he saw coming in from Syria. I’m sure you saw many of them yourselves, scenes of innocent civilians writhing in agony, the apparent victims of chemical weapon attacks. The president had a very direct message for me. He wanted to know exactly what had happened and he wants to know quickly. So, we assembled a crack team — a couple hundred folks at the Agency — to begin to diagnose and understand what had taken place. They began piecing together evidence, working closely with some outstanding partners from across the Intelligence Community.
"The next day the president called the cabinet together. Then he turned to me and asked what we had learned. Several of us shared what we now knew. I told them that the intelligence community had concluded that chemical weapons had indeed been used in the attack and launched by the Syrian regime."

De Braekeleer commented:

"As soon as I heard that part of the speech, I felt something was wrong: ‘You can’t produce a baby in one month by getting nine women pregnant.’
"And you sure cannot produce a complex intelligence report in less than 24 hours by assembling 200 analysts…"[10]

No facts, please!

In October 2018, US Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, says neither he or the Saudi government want to discuss the facts when asked whether missing journalist Jamal Khashoggi is alive or dead. Pompeo was speaking to reporters before a meeting with Turkey's president, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.


Related Document

TitleTypePublication dateAuthor(s)Description
Document:Outside In: The Trump Administration’s Plan to Remake the Middle EastArticle10 October 2018Ted SniderBenjamin Netanyahu refers to his doctrine as Outside In: first you pacify the Outside and ally with the Sunni Arab states (Egypt and Saudi Arabia) outside of Israel, then, in exchange, you extract a peace plan out of them that you then impose Inside on a Palestine now devoid of allies and leave it helpless to hold out against a peace plan forced on the Palestinians by Donald Trump.


  1. "Trump fires Tillerson as secretary of state". March 13, 2018 – via www.bbc.co.uk.

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  2. "Mike Pompeo confirmed as secretary of state, in a move Republicans hope will rebuild morale at the State Department". Washington Post. Retrieved April 26, 2018.

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  4. "Mike Pompeo confirmed as secretary of state". Retrieved April 26, 2018.

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  5. Fox, Lauren; Walsh, Deirdre; Koran, Laura (April 26, 2018). "Mike Pompeo sworn in as Trump's second secretary of state". CNN. Retrieved April 26, 2018.

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  6. Profile, nationalreview.com; accessed October 21, 2015.
  7. "Senator Roberts survives Tea Party challenge", foxnews.com; accessed October 21, 2015.
  8. "Ten things you did not know about Rep. Mike Pompeo"
  9. Office of the President Elect and of the Vice President Elect. "President-Elect Donald J. Trump Selects U.S. Senator Jeff Sessions for Attorney General, Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn as Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs and U.S. Rep. Mike Pompeo as Director of the Central Intelligence Agency". Press release. https://www.greatagain.gov/news/president-elect-donald-j-trump-selects-us-senator-jeff-sessions-attorney-general-lt-gen-michael.html. Retrieved 2016-11-18. 
  10. "Former CIA Director Mike Morell: 'CIA Needs Help and Time to Understand Saudi Missing Journalist Case.' Where is Pompeo Crack Team?"