Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Tuesday criticized members of the new administration Joe Biden on foreign policy as detached from reality and bound to repeat the mistakes of the Obama administration.
Biden has appointed several former Obama administration officials in senior positions, including Antony Blinken for Secretary of State, Jake Sullivan for National Security Advisor and Linda Thomas-Greenfield for Ambassador to the UN.
“I know some of these people, they took a very different point of view, they lived in a somewhat fantastic world”, Pompeo said Tuesday on Fox News’ Special report with Bret Baier. “They led from behind, they calmed down. I hope they choose a different course. “
Pompeo specifically criticized the Obama administration’s pursuit of the Iran nuclear deal, which provided money and sanctions relief to a troubled regime in return for a delay in its uranium enrichment program , claiming that he “ chose to give them a lot. , silver. We have chosen to refuse them.
The Trump administration withdrew from the deal in 2018 as one of its key foreign policy measures, reimposing crippling economic sanctions and escalating tensions with the regime.
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani hailed Biden’s election as an opportunity for the United States to “make up for the mistakes of the past” by joining the deal.
“Now, an opportunity has presented itself for the next American administration to compensate for the mistakes of the past and to return to the path of respecting international agreements by respecting international standards,” Rohani said, quoted by the news agency. official IRNA.
Other Republicans have criticized Biden’s choices before.
“What a bunch of corporatists and war buffs – and Big Tech clearance sales,” Senator Josh Hawley (R., Mo.) wrote on Twitter of Biden’s foreign policy team. “Take Tony Blinken. He has supported all the endless wars since the invasion of Iraq. Now he works for Great technology and helps companies get introduced China. “
Blinken co-founded WestExec Advisors, a Washington, DC-based consulting firm that helps tech companies navigate the federal government and the public sector.
“We help US companies working overseas deal with external risks that may affect their businesses, and we help tech companies trying to figure out how to sell in the public sector space navigate the DOD.” , the intelligence community, the police. Said the other founder of WestExec, Michele Flournoy, who is in consideration for Secretary of Defense. Interception in 2018.