Guy Taylor, The Washington Times, America discussed on This Morning with Gordon Deal
Expert insights world-class reporting you're listening to america's first news this morning with gordon deal thanks for joining us a major player has emerged over the past year in internal state department family wellness initiatives susan pompeo wife of secretary of state mike pompeo has taken cues from a couple of wives of former c._i._a. director's who built up family initiatives at the c._i._a. when their husbands headed the agency you'll recall mr pompeo was also c._i._a. director before becoming america's top diplomat last year more on mrs pompeo's emerging role from guy taylor national security and foreign policy reporter at the washington times guy explain time she travelled with him she captured some international headlines back in january when she went with him to the middle east and at the time we were in a government shutdown and there was some media reports that diplomatic unnamed sources of course complained that it was inappropriate that she would travel with him at a time when a lot of state department employees weren't getting paychecks because of the shutdown so what's interesting is that she would be willing to talk at this time and she kind of opened up in this really behind the scene way where she talked about how you know mike pont has got this this kind of asian as somebody who's really liked in private meetings of having the sort of charisma when the cameras are turned off other foreign leaders and diplomats like appreciate this they seem to leave meetings with him smiling even when they vehemently disagree with his conservative policies such as on iran nuclear deal trashing the obama administration species is promotion trump's america first austere etc so in public pompeii on has other reputation of somebody who's really kind of stiff in a little bit grow cheat he doesn't really connect on charisma level that say former secretary of state john kerry did on his trips around the world especially in europe and that's where susan pond pale really comes in where if she's traveling with her husband suddenly you'll see him out in public smiling at times which is which is interesting it's almost like a little bit softer and more likable it's definitely an interesting dynamic and i think you know in terms of inside baseball it's worth considering given that she is a traveling as far as we know on the taxpayer dime speaking with guy taylor national security editor at the washington times his piece is called do you feel safe susan pompeo makes happiness and security of diplomatic families her mission so you mentioned or she mentioned to you that she asks do you feel safe she picked us up on her own i think it's a big priority for mike pompeo and look i'm not going to pretend that i went into deep discussion with susan pompeo about this but the presumption from the journalistic side secretary pompeo really made a name for himself back in the benghazi hearing that really went after then secretary of state hillary clinton where of course ambassador chris stevens had died in a terrorist attack and libya and pay really paid a name from cell phone that you can imagine that now that he is the tide the roles have switched and here he is as secretary of state the security of diplomatic huge issue for him he's he's kind of obsessed with it because i think he understand that it would be politically bad if an incident in which american diplomats were endangered on his watch but time you know your whole benghazi thing away from politics is that harvick incident really elevated the awareness of the fact that american diplomats out in dangerous situations you just don't really hear about it we've got embassies in well over one hundred countries around the world and to a big thing for him and i and i think that that susan peyot she has a unique opportunity to really look at the secretary of state spouse shows up at your m._d. you might you you as a career diplomat year you're amongst you hundred american state department employees at an embassy anywhere in the world and the secretary of state comes through you might get a selfie with him or a few minutes of a private greeting that he gives diplomats but if the sixers states white shows up and his actually holding a roundtable meeting you've got a chance to sit down with the top directly in talk and kind of author Away. Thanks guy. Guy Taylor national security and foreign policy reporter at the Washington Times..