Podcast: What to Expect from Secretary of State Pompeo?

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

With Mike Pompeo — former right-wing GOP Congressman and then CIA Director — going through confirmation hearings in the Senate, I spoke with Monocle 24’s The Globalist on Friday morning about the man who will replace Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, fired by Donald Trump last month.

Will Pompeo represent the views and analysis of the State Department? Or will he be holding the reins as a Trump loyalist, covering his boss’s erratic and far-from-informed behavior?

Will he take a firm line with Russia? Or will he be compromised by Trump’s special relationship with Moscow?

And what of the hawkish views in areas such as Iran and North Korea?

Listen to discussion from 1:51:

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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.


  1. With the replacement of Tillerson with Pompeo, The Deep State is now in control of Trump’s foreign policy. Tillerson and Trump were too soft on Russia and Iran. Soft Tillerson is gone, and The Deep State has convinced Trump to take a hard line against Iran and Russia/Putin. But, The Deep State still hates Trump, and will do everything to see he’s not reelected.

    I’m guessing Beacon has been in touch with Hillary. It’s going to be a rematch in 2020. Comey has fired the first shot across Trump’s bow with his book and interview. There will be more to come.



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