Podcast: Mike Pompeo as US Secretary of State — Doubts and More Doubts

Mike Pompeo (L) looks on as Donald Trump speaks at a Cabinet session

CIA Director Mike Pompeo is on course to become US Secretary of State, after narrowing avoiding the humiliation of becoming the first nominee to be rejected by the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

I spoke with Monocle 24’s The Briefing on Tuesday about the likely impact of Pompeo’s move to the State Department, predicting uncertainty as the new Secretary of State is caught between his appointment as a Trump loyalist, rather than as a head with diplomatic experience, and his representation of his badly depleted Department’s analysis of key issues such as Iran, North Korea, and Russia.

There are genuine doubts about Mike Pompeo, but the broader doubts are about whether Donald Trump can have anything resembling a coherent foreign policy when scores of high-level State Department positions are not filled.

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Scott Lucas is Professor of International Politics at the University of Birmingham and editor-in-chief of EA WorldView. He is a specialist in US and British foreign policy and international relations, especially the Middle East and Iran. Formerly he worked as a journalist in the US, writing for newspapers including the Guardian and The Independent and was an essayist for The New Statesman before he founded EA WorldView in November 2008.

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