Former secretary of state mounts a defense of Trump's handling of Russia: 'I'm proud of the work we did there'
Former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks during a briefing at the State Department in Washington, DC on November 10, 2020. Jacquelyn Martin / Pool / AFP via Getty Images
Mike Pompeo claimed that he and former President Donald Trump were "tough" with Russia.
When asked by Fox News Sunday's Chris Wallace whether Pompeo believed Trump was good to Russia, Pompeo defended the former president.
"I'm proud of the work we did there," he said. "It was a good job."
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Mike Pompeo defended former President Donald Trump and his dealings with Russia on Sunday, saying he was proud of the work the two did during his tenure as foreign ministers.
In an interview on Fox News Sunday, presenter Chris Wallace asked Pompeo about various human rights violations that Russia is accused of.
Alexei Navalny, for example, claims he was poisoned by the Kremlin, which has repeatedly denied any involvement in the incident. Russian President Vladimir Putin once claimed Navalny poisoned himself, an idea that Navalny mocked.
Putin's opponents are routinely poisoned. Novichok, the same neurotoxin that Navalny took, had previously been used to poison other Kremlin dissidents. Some of Putin's critics were killed. When asked if he was a murderer, Putin laughed and never answered the question directly.
"When it comes to human rights, we don't take a back seat to anyone," said Pompeo when Wallace asked about Trump's dealings with Russia. “I heard Foreign Minister [Anthony] Blinken talk about the work they are doing to convince Europeans to stand by our side on human rights abuses in China and about their work to defend human rights against Russian human rights abuses Da ist it's tough too, Chris. "
"I am proud of the work we have done there," added Pompeo. "It was good work. It was serious work and it made a difference."
Trump and Putin had a suspiciously close relationship that repeatedly caused a sensation among critics and politicians. For example, the US president has praised Putin and acquitted him of all allegations related to meddling in the 2016 elections, despite intelligence reports clearly implying Russia.
And just days ago, Trump reiterated his claim that Russia did not interfere in the 2016 presidential election, adding that he trusts Russia more than US intelligence.
Trump has previously denied allegations of labeling Putin as a murderer and has also remained silent on Navalny's allegation that the Russian President poisoned him.
Meanwhile, President Joe Biden has directly described Putin as a murderer.
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