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Ben Rhodes: "Common Corruption" In Trump Admin To Put Political Interests Ahead Of National Interest


Former Obama Deputy National Security Advisor Ben Rhodes accused Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, President Donald Trump, and his administration of putting personal interests ahead of the national interest. In an interview on Wednesday with MSNBC's Lawrence O'Donnell, Rhodes said the Trump administration views the "enormous resources" of the U.S. government as extensions of their interests. He also said that a "shadow foreign policy" to serve the personal and political interests of Trump was run by Rudy Giuliani.

"I think there is a common thread with the Trump administration in which they basically view their positions including the enormous resources of the United States government as extensions of their own personal interests," Rhodes told O'Donnell. "There is no national interest served by Mike Pompeo having a bunch of fancy dinners in the State Department with State Department employees essentially catering to the needs of a potential Republican donor class or Republican pundits. That's just not in the mission of the Secretary of State."

"Once again, In one of the most critical positions in the United States government, the Secretary of State, we see personal interest, political interest put ahead of the national interest," Rhodes continued. "Frankly, this is a common corruption of foreign policy in the Trump administration. We saw that most, you know, most dramatically in the impeachment proceedings where essentially, they had a shadow foreign policy to serve Trump's personal political interest run through Rudy Giuliani because the State Department wouldn't carry it down. But here we have the Secretary of State using his office for basically personal and political interest."
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