Secretary Michael R. Pompeo With Alec Gartner of KSNT-TV NBC 27 Topeka – News

Michael
R.
Pompeo,
Secretary
of
State

Manhattan,
Kansas


QUESTION:
 
Well,
thank
you
obviously
for
joining
me
today. 
We’ll
jump
right
into
it. 
I
imagine
you’re
going
to
be
asked
a
lot
about
Chinese
tariffs
today
and
all
of
the
trade
war
or
at
least
back-and-forth
with
China. 
Can
you
kind
of
give
us
an
update
of
where
we
stand? 
And
right
now
it
would
seem
like
there
was
ramping
out
recently
of
tariffs. 
How
is
it
looking
right
now?


SECRETARY
POMPEO:
 
So
I
remember
when
I
was
a
member
of
Congress
I
watched
farmers
try
to
sell
their
products
in
China

corn,
wheat,
dairy,
whatever
it
was

and
they
couldn’t. 
President
Trump
is
going
to
fix
that. 
It’s
unfair. 
It’s
wrong. 
It’s
deeply,
deeply
troubling. 
The
Kansans
lose
jobs
because
the
Chinese
steal
intellectual
property
from
Kansas
farmers,
from
Kansas
manufacturers,
from
people
all
across
our
great
state.

So
President
Trump
understood
that
we
were
at
war
with
China
long
before
he
came
into
office
with
respect
to
trade. 
They
were
stealing
from
us. 
They
were
taking
our
intellectual
property,
denying
us
markets
while
they
could
come
sell
their
products
here. 
So
the
mission
set’s
been
very
clear: 
We’re
going
to
fix
that. 
We
want
fair
trade. 
We
want
reciprocal
trade. 
We
want
no
tariff
barriers. 
We
want
a
Kansan
who
develops
a
product
to
be
able
to
sell
that
product
to
China
just
the
way
that
an
innovative
person
from
China
can
sell
their
product
right
here
in
Kansas. 
That’s
the
mission
set. 
President
Trump
has
made
real
progress
on
that. 
I’m
confident
there
will
be
more
progress
in
the
days
and
weeks
ahead.


QUESTION:
  This
has
been
a
year
or
a
year
at
least

a
long-time
issue
that
you
guys
have
been
dealing
with. 
How
much
do
you
worry
that
something
needs
to
get
done
before
the
next
presidential
election
where
a
democratic
candidate
could
reverse
what
you
guys
have
been
doing?


SECRETARY
POMPEO:
  We’re
focused
on
doing
the
right
thing. 
If
you
get
it
right
and
you
convince
the
American
people
that
this
is
what
you
did,
this
is
why
you
did
it,
I’m
confident
that
Kansas
will
understand
that
that
was
the
right
thing
to
do. 
And
that’s
President
Trump’s
focus
every
day. 
I
spend
my
time
on
American
foreign
policy. 
I
don’t
spend
much
time
thinking
about
American
domestic
politics. 
Our
mission
set
is
very
clear: 
To
deliver
an
America
First
foreign
policy
that
reflects
America’s
most
essential
historic
greatness. 
That’s
what
we’re
working
on.


QUESTION: 

Is
there
a
timeframe
or
a
crunch
of
any
sort
that
you
feel
or
you
just
want
to
get
it
done?


SECRETARY
POMPEO: 
 Get
it
done
as
quickly

on
every
mission,
whether
it’s 
North
Korea
or
the
work
that
we’re
doing
in
Afghanistan,
every
one
of
them
is
to
get
the
timeline
right. 
Obviously,
we
want
to
do
these
things
as
quickly
as
we
can. 
But
it’s
not
domestic
politics
that
drive
our
mission
set,
it’s
delivered
on
behalf
of
the
American
people.


QUESTION: 

Then
the
other
day
the
trade
deal,
the
USMCA,
hasn’t
been
ratified
yet. 
Where
do
we
stand
there? 
Are
you
confident
that
could
come
about
soon? 
And
how’s
that
impacting
Kansas
farmers
or
Kansans
in
general
versus
what
we
had
in
NAFTA?


SECRETARY
POMPEO:
 
Yeah,
it’s
a
great
trade
deal. 
Much
like
the
work
we’ve
been
doing
with
China,
we
were
looking
for
an
arrangement
with
Mexico
and
Canada
that
took
care
of
Americans,
that
took
care
of
Kansans. 
Too
many
politicians
were
just
willing
to
let
go. 
President
Trump
wasn’t. 
I
hope
that
when
Congress
comes
back
in
session
next
week
that
they
will
quickly
ratify
that. 
Mexico
and
Canada
I’m
confident
will
do
the
same,
and
we
will
have
a
much
improved
trade
deal,
one
that
delivers
real
opportunity
for
the
next
generation
of
Kansans. 
It
will
be
a
good
thing
for
Americans. 
It
will
be
for
Mexicans
and
Canadians
as
well.


QUESTION:
 
We’ll
jump
from
topic
to
topic. 
Climate
change. 
Not
that
you’re
following
democratic
politics
right
now,
but
CNN
just
held
a
town
hall
with
every

the
top
10
candidates
on
climate
change. 
Obviously,
we
pulled
out
of
the
Paris
Climate
Agreement. 
How
much
is
climate
change
a
priority
in
this
administration? 
Is
there
something
you
guys
want
to
focus
on
pollution
with
China
or
any
of
the
other
to
polluters
in
the
world
where
we
can
lessen
the
effects,
if
there
are
effects,
on
the
climate?


SECRETARY
POMPEO: 
 We’re
focused
on
things
that
are
real,
things
that
matter. 
The
Paris
accords
made
no
sense
for
the
American
people
to
be
part
of

none
whatsoever. 
Just
take
a
look
at
the
history. 
Guess
which
country
has
reduced
its
carbon
emissions
most
since
the
Paris
agreements
were
signed? 
The
United
States

the
country
that
decided
not
to
be
part
of
it. 
It’s
one
thing
to
go
to
ribbon
cuttings
and
signings.

This
is
what
I
think
the
American
people
know
and
they
see
with
President
Trump,
we’re
about
delivering
outcomes,
not
fancy
signing
ceremonies
at
international
cocktail
parties. 
Our
mission
set
is
very
clear: 
We
care
deeply
about
the
environment. 
We
want
to
make
sure
this
planet

that
we’re
good
stewards
of
this
planet
for
our
kids
and
our
grandchildren. 
But
you
have
to
deliver
real
outcomes,
real
outcomes
that
allow
economic
opportunity,
that
allow
for
economic
growth,
and
that
do
the
right
thing
so
that
history
will
reflect
well
on
our
time
in
service.


QUESTION: 

So
it
sounds
like
America
was
living
up
to
its
promise
there. 
Maybe
other
countries
weren’t. 
Are
we
still


SECRETARY
POMPEO:
 
Yeah,
look
at
China. 
There’s
another
good
example
of
China. 
How
many
coal
mines
today
does
China
have? 
Go
look
it
up. 
It’s
easy
to
find. 
They’ve
signed
the
Paris
accords,
and
yet,
they’re
the
most
environmentally
unfriendly
economy
in
the
world
today,
growing
their
carbon
emissions
at
enormous
rates. 
This
is
wrong. 
It’s
not
enough
to
say,
yes,
we’re
member
of
the
Paris
accord. 
You
have
to
deliver
better
outcomes
for
your
people
and
for
the
planet.


QUESTION:
 
Eighteen
years
since
9/11. 
Coming
up
on
that
tragic
anniversary. 
How
do
you
compare
where
we
are
now
versus
then? 
Obviously,
there’s
still
other
bad
actors
out
there. 
What
do
you
think
in
terms
of
safety
from
foreign
terrorism,
where
do
we
stand
right
now?


SECRETARY
POMPEO:
  Yeah. 
We’re
nearly
two
decades
off
from
that
day. 
It
still
makes
me
angry
to
think
about
the
attack
that
took
place
on
American
soil. 
I’ve
spent
six
years
as
a
member
of
Congress,
then
as
the
CIA
director,
and
now
as
the
Secretary
of
State
working
to
protect
Americans
from
this. 
President
Trump
is
committed
to
it. 
Terrorism
exists. 
Radical
Islamic
terrorism
is
still
real. 
But,
frankly,
the
world
has
done
a
good
job
of
building
up
its
information
systems
and
counterterrorism
policies
that
have
reduced
risk. 
It’s
not
zero. 
It’s
not
that
a
terror
act
couldn’t
happen
even
as
we
sit
here
today,
but
we’ve
made
a
lot
of
progress
at
delivering
against
that
threat,
and
we
have
to
be
ever
vigilant. 
President
Trump
is
committed
to
making
sure
that
we
do
that. 
Whether
we
find
that
terrorism
emanating
from
Africa,
the
Middle
East,
or
from
Asia,
the
United
States
is
going
to
be
diligent
in
making
sure
that
we
protect
the
American
people.


QUESTION: 

Lastly,
and
I’m
sure
you’ll
be
asked
multiple
times
again
today,
the
Senate
race
is
obviously
open
here. 
Do
you
plan

what
do
you
plan
on
doing
after
Secretary
of
State,
if
that’s
in
two
years,
six
years,
tomorrow,
whenever,
what
do
you
want
to
do
when
you’re
done
there?


SECRETARY
POMPEO:
  I
have
no
Earthly
idea. 
I’m
so
focused
on
what
I’m
doing
each
and
every
day
and
so
proud
to
represent
the
great
people
at
the
State
Department
every
day. 
I
haven’t
spent
a
heck
of
a
lot
of
time
thinking
about
my
future. 
I
think
there’s
a
lot
of
other
people
thinking
about
my
future
an
awful
lot
more
than
Susan
and
I
think
about
it.

We
love
Kansas. 
This
is
our
home. 
It
was
great
to
come
back
here
last
night
and
fly
in. 
It
reminds
me
of
what
a
wonderful
place
this
is. 
But
for
what
I’ll
do
next,
I’m
going
to
serve
as
Secretary
of
State
so
long
as
President
Trump
wants
me
to
be
his
most
senior
diplomat.


QUESTION: 
 Perfect. 
Simple
as
that.


SECRETARY
POMPEO:
  Thank
you,
sir.

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