(FiveNation.com)- Secretary of State Mike Pompeo thinks some of President-elect Joe Biden’s selections for his administration live in a “fantasy world” and have “led from behind.”
He believes many of these people are out of touch with current foreign policy. On Tuesday, Pompeo said:
“I know some of these folks. They took a very different view. They lived in a bit of a fantasy world. They led from behind. They appeased. I hope they will choose a different course.”
Thus far, Biden’s selections for foreign policy and national security teams are people who served in senior positions within the Obama administration, which Biden was obviously part of. Biden’s choice to replace Pompeo is Antony Blinken, a long-time Biden adviser who held senior positions with Obama.
Pompeo made his thoughts known about how officials within the Obama administration “led from behind” when dealing with Iran. He said America was “funneling tens of billions of dollars into” the relationship with Iran. He said they were giving the country “the things that help you build out a nuclear weapons program.” That continued, he said, until President Donald Trump took office four years ago.
“The previous administration had chosen to give them an awful lot of that thing, money. We’ve chosen to deny them.”
On Tuesday, Linda Thomas-Greenfield released a statement that said “multilateralism” and “diplomacy are back.” Biden recently named her as his nominee for the positions of ambassador to the United Nations. Thomas-Greenfield served as the assistant secretary of State in the Obama administration.
Pompeo fired back at her, though, saying the Trump administration developed “coalitions that actually deliver real results and reflect the reality on the ground.”
“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.”
Until this week, Pompeo didn’t acknowledge Biden’s victory in the presidential election. A few days after the election, he even said while at the State Department that “there will be a smooth transition to a second Trump administration.”
“The world is watching what’s taking place,” he said then. “We’re going to count all the votes. When the process is completed, they’ll be electors selected. There’s a process. The Constitution lays it out pretty clearly.”
With the General Services Administration declaring Biden the winner this week, though, Pompeo changed course a bit.
The GSA’s move to recognize Biden as the election winner will give the President-elect access to transition funds from the federal government. It will also allow him and his staff members to reach out to federal agencies so that he can start putting together plans.
This can be done even though Trump has not conceded the election and it hasn’t officially been certified by the Electoral College just yet.
Because of the GSA’s actions, Pompeo did say his department would work with the Biden transition team. On Tuesday, he said:
“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 this work.”