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FNC: Secretary of State Mike Pompeo weighs in on alleged meeting between Israel and Saudi Arabia and Joe Biden's latest cabinet picks on 'Special Report' with Bret Baier.

"I remember what the previous administration did," Pompeo said Tuesday. "They described leadership as leading from behind. President Trump never did that. We built a real coalition; a coalition that crushed the caliphate in Syria, a coalition that’s pushed back against the Chinese Communist Party, a coalition that refused to appease Iran. The list of work that we’ve done is great."

"Multilateralism for the sake of hanging out with your buddies at a cool cocktail party, that’s not in the best interest of the United States of America. We work with nations when we have common interests, and we develop coalitions that actually deliver real results and reflect the reality on the ground," Pompeo said in response to U.S. Ambassador to the U.N.-designee Linda Thomas-Greenfield.


"I take great umbrage in the fact it’s been America alone," Pompeo said in response to Mattis. "I would tell you that our Japanese colleagues, our South Korean colleagues, our Indian colleagues, our Australian colleagues all know that the pivot to Asia was a joke, but that the United States, under President Trump, actually delivered real benefits to them."

BAIER:  Have you spoken to Tony Blinken since Joe Biden has said that he wants Blinken to be his secretary of state?
 
POMPEO: I have not. Today we began the process to see what GSA’s decision was, and we’ll do everything that’s required by law. We’ll make – we’ll make this work.
 
BAIER:  I want you to listen to the person that the President-elect Joe Biden has selected to be the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, obviously nominated to that, speaking about foreign policy and multilateralism.
 
Take a listen.
 
(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)
 
LINDA THOMAS-GREENFIELD, BIDEN NOMINEE FOR U.S. AMBASSADOR TO THE U.N.:  And on this day, I’m thinking about the American people, my fellow career diplomats and public servants around the world. I want to say to you, America is back. Multilateralism is back. Diplomacy is back. 
 
(END VIDEO CLIP)
 
BAIER:  Linda Thomas-Greenfield, the nominee to be the U.S. ambassador to the U.N.
 
Your response to that statement?
 
POMPEO:  Where to begin, Bret? I remember what the previous administration did. They described leadership as leading from behind. President Trump never did that. We built a real coalition; a coalition that crushed the caliphate in Syria, a coalition that’s pushed back against the Chinese Communist Party, a coalition that refused to appease Iran. The list of work that we’ve done is great.
 
What we’ve said all along, Bret -- and this is where I think I take a different path. I couldn’t tell exactly from her statement -- but multilateralism for the sake of hanging out with your buddies at a cool cocktail party, that’s not in the best interest of the United States of America. We work with nations when we have common interests, and we develop coalitions that actually deliver real results and reflect the reality on the ground.
 
That wasn’t what was happening when we came in here to the State Department. We built out enormous teams. I’m proud of the work the State Department’s done. We’re going to continue to do that. It’s our responsibility.
 
So long as we have these offices, it’s our duty to continue to deliver on American security. And we’ve done it well, and we’ll continue to do so.
 
BAIER:  The Defense secretary you worked alongside wrote an opinion editorial or in part wrote it, former Secretary James Mattis, saying this, quote, “In practice, America first has met America alone, that has damaged the country’s ability to address problems before they reach U.S. territory and has thus compounded the danger emergent threats pose.”
 
That’s Jim Mattis. Your thoughts?
 
POMPEO:  I have a lot of respect for Jim, but he’s just dead wrong on that.
 
America first has been at its heart a recognition that when America is secure at home, when America does good things for our own economy, for our own prosperity, then America will be a force for good all around the region. And that indeed we can’t deliver security, increased security, around the world when America is not secure.
 
I take great umbrage in the fact it’s been America alone. I would tell you that our Japanese colleagues, our South Korean colleagues, our Indian colleagues, our Australian colleagues all know that the pivot to Asia was a joke, but that the United States, under President Trump, actually delivered real benefits to them.
 
And whether it was the work that we’ve done to build out an enormous coalition to go after the socialist Maduro, to go after the Cubans, these are real coalitions, real things that work.
 
It wasn’t America alone; it was us doing it with our friends and allies based on shared interest and a reality that recognized central facts about what is and not pretending that things are as we would like them to be.
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