Peace: Pompeo on Bartiromo Breaks down actions behind the Accord, “This wasn’t overnight, it’s three years of work”
Secretary of State for the Donald J. Trump administration, Mike Pompeo was on Sunday Morning Futures on Fox News with Maria Bartiromo and the talked about the work behind what we now know as the Trump administrations hard work over a long period of time to bring nations together who have been in conflict with each other for decades to bring about resolutions between groups that would also benefit America in the long run, if people could stop the violence that separates them and impacts America’s foreign policy.
But the Democrats, who are resisting the authority of the US Presidency and who openly hate Trump for removing their powers and control over the American people, are doing many underhanded things to marginalize Trump’s hard work by claiming that the peace accords are just overnight campaign stunts.
Pompeo reminded viewers that the deals and agreements were after years of hard work, and not something that happened easily.
The following is a partial transcript from Sunday’s show.
QUESTION: She sure did. And there’s such conversation this morning about that impact. Secretary, I want to ask you about this incredible Middle Eastern situation, the significance of Tuesday’s signing, how it will make the Mideast better. Walk us through how this all came about. Why now?
SECRETARY POMPEO: Yeah, so that’s the right question. These overnight successes, as you know, Maria, in life are from years of hard work. For three years President Trump has taken a fundamentally different approach. The establishment Middle East policy was that you had to resolve the conflict between Israel and the Palestinians first. The President came to understand quickly that the real threat to these countries was the Islamic Republic of Iran, so we flipped the narrative. We worked to deliver a coalition to get the Gulf states to work together, to convince them that they could, in fact, work alongside and partner with and do commerce with the state of Israel and recognize them, and that they would be safer, their people would be more prosperous. Those are the central underpinnings.
It then took action. It took principled action on behalf of President Trump and our administration to convince them that the Americans would be there. And whether that was the decision to move the embassy to Jerusalem, to acknowledge that the Golan Heights properly belonged to Israel – all things previous presidents had just said were nuts, that you couldn’t do. It was against the establishment’s vision for how to create stability in the Middle East. And then the work that we did to kill Qasem Soleimani and take down an enormous threat to everyone in the region.
I think those things gave these Middle Eastern states the trust, the confidence that the United States would stand behind its commitments, and it created the space for not one but two agreements, the first two in over a quarter of a century, between Israel and the UAE and between Israel and Bahrain, that will make the lives better for each of the peoples of each of those three countries. It’s really quite a momentous day. We hope there’s more to follow.
QUESTION: And American negotiations have tried this for years, decades, and with no success. What was it about this administration’s prodding, this administration’s laying out the potential for peace and progress, that really moved the needle here, and are there other countries lining up to perhaps engage in a similar deal to normalize relationships with Israel?
SECRETARY POMPEO: Yes, Maria, there will be other countries that will make the right decision to recognize that Israel has its right to exist, and they’ll want to do business with them, and they’ll want to connect with them, and they’ll want their people to have exchanges. I saw the number of LinkedIn exchanges between the United Arab Emirates and Israel – off the charts the day after this announcement. The people of those countries understand that this historic rejection of Israel, its right to exist, was the wrong thing to do, so I think you’ll see more nations follow and make the right decision.
What created the opportunity was the recognition that the way to create stability was to make Iran more isolated, and we’ve done that. It’s been talked about how America has been isolated in the region. Nothing could be further from the truth. Israel has now more partners, more friends. The United States now has more partners and more friends in the region than at any time in recent history, and they did that because they came to trust President Trump and his team would be there with him, would do the right thing by them, and that we would support them when they made the right decision to recognize the state of Israel.
QUESTION: Are you expecting retaliation of any sort from Iran, and what has been the reaction from the leaderships of these countries in the face of pushback from Iran? Are they getting bullied by the Iranian officials?
SECRETARY POMPEO: Well, remember there’s two things going on. One, we have this peace deal, and then last night at midnight the UN sanctions snapped back, putting another increasing restraint on the capacity for the Islamic Republic of Iran to create harm in the Middle East. We now – the United States has led and will prevent arms trafficking by Iran. It was – the previous deal with Secretary Kerry and Vice President Biden signed off on was to allow the Iranians on October 18th, just a couple of weeks from now, to traffic in weapons again. It’s nuts, absolutely nuts. We stopped that. We stopped it last night with action at the United Nations. We’ll talk more about that tomorrow.
But Iran has been fomenting terror in the region for 40 years since the revolution. There’s no reason to expect that in the short run they have any way of getting out of the box and changing their ideology and their theocratic, kleptocratic nature. What President Trump has said is we’re going to deny them the resources. We’re not going to send crates of cash. We’re not going to allow them to do business in the world. We’re not going to allow them to create the very wealth that destroys the opportunity for peace in the region.
I’ll give you another example. Everyone wants Lebanon to get better. President Macron is leading an effort there. And yet the Europeans have not joined us in stopping arms trafficking. Those weapons – those weapons that Iran will sell – will end up in the hands of Hizballah and make life tragically worse for the people of Lebanon.
The world needs to unite around the central idea that the Islamic Republic of Iran is the greatest threat, and when that regime changes its behavior, we have the chance to create true global stability in the region. It’s what we’ve been working on. It’s what President Trump asked us to do. And now, three years in, we can show the fruits of that effort.