Susan Pompeo, The Washington Times, CIA discussed on This Morning with Gordon Deal
She's here later in the hour. A major player has emerged over the past year in internal state -partment family wellness initiatives. Susan Pompeo wife of secretary of state, Mike Pompeo has taken cues from a couple of wives of former CIA director's who built up family initiatives at the CIA when their husbands headed the agency, you'll recall, Mr. Pompeo, was also CIA 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, what have you seen? This is the third time she traveled with him. She captured some international headlines back in January when she went with him to the Middle East and at the time, we're 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. 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, she kind of opened up in this really behind the scenes way where she talked about how, you know, Mike, Pompeo's got this, this kind of reputations as somebody who's really liked in private meetings, having this sort of charisma, when the cameras are turned off other foreign leaders and diplomats. They like appreciate this. They always seem to leave meetings with him smiling, even when they vehemently disagree with conservative policies such as on Iran, nuclear deal, trashing the Obama administration's foreign pulsing species, his promotion of Trump's America, I share, etc. So in public Pompeii, oh, has this other reputation of somebody who's really kind of stiff and a little bit grouchy? He doesn't really connect on a 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 he's a little bit softer and more likable. It's definitely an interesting dynamic, and anything, you know, in terms of inside baseball, it's worth considering given that she is traveling, as far as we know on the taxpayer dime. We're 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 hearings. The really went after then secretary of state, Hillary Clinton, where of course ambassador Chris Stevens had died in an Terry who tack and Libya, and Pompeo really paid a name for himself on that you can imagine that now that he is the tide th- the roles switched and here he is, as secretary of state the security of diplomats a huge issue for him. He's, he's, he's kind of obsessed with it because I think he understands that it would be politically bad, if an incident in which American diplomats were endangered on his watch. But at the same time, you know, the whole Benghazi thing. Away from politics that Harvick incident really elevated the awareness of the fact that American diplomats route dangerous situations. You just don't really hear about it. We've got embassies in well, over one hundred countries around the world and a big thing for him. And I, I think that, that Susan Pompeo, she has a unique opportunity to, to really look at the secretary of state spouse shows up at your embassy. And you might you you as a career diplomat year. You're amongst one 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 private greeting that he gives diplomats. But if the secretary of state's wife shows up and his actually holding a round table meeting. You know, you've got a chance to sit down with the top directly in cock. And kind of author wick, it was interesting because she told me that she feels that people are really Janu. Even with her and these meetings for the Astra should, you know, do you think people just tell you what you want to hear and they're afraid about, you know this being like a whistle blower thing. And she cheat definitely felt that people are people are genuine, and they recognize kind of uniqueness of this, this setup sort of unfolded before our eyes. Thanks guy Taylor, national security and foreign policy reporter at the Washington Times. Thirteen minutes now after the hour.