Mike Pompeo Dodges ‘Place in Hell’ Question About Canada: I Came Here to Talk About North Korea
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo held a press briefing early Monday morning (Eastern time) from Singapore, addressing the summit between President Donald Trump and North Korea’s Kim Jong-un that is now only hours away. During that briefing, Pompeo said he was “unconcerned” about the escalating flap between the administration and Canada.
Phillip Rucker from the Washington Post had the final question of the briefing. He brought up President Trump’s further remarks on Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau from earlier Monday, and asked Pompeo whether he agreed with Trump adviser Pete Navarro “that there’s a special place in hell for the Canadian prime minister”.
Pompeo did everything he could to avoid even saying the word Canada. He began by saying that he was there to answer questions about North Korea but that he would be “happy to talk about work with our European partners as well.”
“We wouldn’t be in this place, we wouldn’t have this historic opportunity without the diplomatic work that’s been done by our European partners alongside of us,” he said. “President Trump has led an enormous coalition including those very same European partners, those G7 partners to which you refer, who have helped us get to this point.”
“I have every expectation that they will continue to do that,” he said.
“There are always irritants in relationships,” Pompeo said, finally somewhat acknowledging the question. “I am very confident that relationships between our countries, the United States and those G7 countries will continue to move forward on a strong basis.’
He finally concluded, “I’m unconcerned about our capacity to continue to do what we need to do to get the outcome we’re looking for in North Korea as a result of what you described having taken place in Canada.”
That was, by any objective measure, a dance. He did not answer the question about whether he agrees that there is a special place in hell for Trudeau. In fact, he didn’t even say “Canada” until the very last word.
Watch above, via CNN.
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