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Pompeo: Trump Has Stabilized The Middle East In A Way That Obama Was Never Able To Do

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Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is interviewed about President Trump's Nobel Peace Prize nomination, the drawdown of US troops from Iraq, Bob Woodward's new book, and more with FOX News host Shannon Bream.

"I'm not surprised he has been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize," Pompeo said Wednesday night. "If politics were taken out of it, we can say unequivocally that the reduction in risk that has occurred as a result of the work that the president did, whether that was the decision to move the embassy to Jerusalem, to build out a Middle East peace division, and then ultimately to achieve the deal between the United Arab Emirates and Israel."
 
"These are historic achievements that have set the conditions for a more stable Middle East," Pompeo said. "And then he has, of course, confronted the most dangerous actor in the Middle East, the Islamic Republic of Iran, that frankly President Obama was never able to do."


SHANNON BREAM, FOX NEWS ANCHOR:  For helping to broker a historic peace deal between Israel and the United Arab Emirates, the president has been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize.  But even the member of Norway's parliament who nominated him sounds pessimistic about his chances of repeating his predecessor's win back in 2009.  
 
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CHRISTIAN TYBRING-GJEDDE, MEMBER OF NORWEGIAN PARLIAMENT:  His chances are slim.  And back in most nations, it's left-leaning there, how you view the Nobel Peace Prize winners.  They are very often now the left-wing side and we look at Barack Obama, he was given the Nobel Peace Prizefor doing nothing, actually.  
 
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BREAM:  All right.  Let's discuss that sentiment and many more hot topics with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.  
 
Mr. Secretary, welcome back.  
 
MIKE POMPEO, U.S. SECRETARY OF STATE:  Shannon, it's great to be with you tonight.  
 
BREAM:  OK.  The reaction to that nomination, from The L.A. Times in an opinion piece, the headline says: “Trump for a Nobel Prize?  For what?  Fiction.” They're not a fan of his foreign policy record, which you, of course, are a big part of.  How do you respond?   
 
POMPEO:  Well, Shannon, what the president accomplished and has accomplished in the Middle East is truly historic.  I'm not surprised he has been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize.  If politics were taken out of it, we can say unequivocally that the reduction in risk that has occurred as a result of the work that the president did, whether that was the decision to move the embassy to Jerusalem, to build out a Middle East peace division, and then ultimately to achieve the deal between the United Arab Emirates and Israel.  
 
These are historic achievements that have set the conditions for a more stable Middle East.  And then he has, of course, confronted the most dangerous actor in the Middle East, the Islamic Republic of Iran (INAUDIBLE) that frankly President Obama was never able to do.    
 
These are important achievements and have certainly contributed to peace in the region.  And importantly, they keep Americans safer, too.  
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