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The Trump Saga
Everyone off-balance

Trump throws Pompeo under bus, runs over him, backs up, runs over him again

Burgess COMMENTARY

Peter Burgess
Trump throws Pompeo under bus, runs over him, backs up, runs over him again Kerry Eleveld Daily Kos Staff Monday May 18, 2020 · 5:14 PM EDT Recommend 376 Share Tweet284 Comments 284 New

US President Donald Trump leaves after speaking about Syria in the Diplomatic Reception Room at the White House in Washington, DC, October 23, 2019 followed by US Vice President Mike Pence(L) and US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. - President Donald Trump announced on Wednesday the United States would be lifting sanctions on Turkey, hailing the success of a ceasefire along its border with Syria.'Earlier this morning, the government of Turkey informed my administration that they would be stopping combat and their offensive in Syria and making the ceasefire permanent,' he said in a televised address from the White House. (Photo by SAUL LOEB / AFP) (Photo by SAUL LOEB/AFP via Getty Images)

Donald Trump and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo start choreographed dance moves. Odd man out: the other Mike (Pence). RSS PUBLISHED TO Kerry Eleveld Daily Kos TAGS DepartmentofState inspectorsgeneral MikePompeo trump SteveLinick Share this article

Welp, congressional Democrats investigating why Donald Trump fired the State Department watchdog just got a whopper of a lead from the man who originally said he let the inspector general go because he had lost confidence in him.

Asked why he thought Steve Linick needed to be removed, Trump offered a blunt response that surely left Secretary of State Mike Pompeo dry heaving.

Monday, May 18, 2020 · 6:04:25 PM EDT · Kerry Eleveld

UPDATE: CNN is reporting that Sec. Pompeo refused to cooperate with the newly fired State Department IG’s probe of the $8 billion arms sale to the Saudis.

'I don't know. I don't know anything about him. I don't know,' Trump said of Linick, 'other than the State Department and Mike, in particular, I guess they weren't happy with the job he's doing or something.'

Oh. So Pompeo made him do it. Okay. And just to be crystal clear: 'Mike requested that I do it.' Righto. Got it.

That is super interesting, since Pompeo just told The Washington Post he didn't know the inspector general had opened a probe into him. In an interview with the Post, Pompeo admitted he had been involved in the decision but couldn't provide any specific concerns he had about the job Linick was doing. In fact, it rather sounded like Pompeo simply didn't think Linick was taking the marching orders he was being given.

'I went to the president and made clear to him that Inspector General Linick wasn’t performing a function in a way that we had tried to get him to, that was additive for the State Department,' Pompeo explained.

Hmm... in a way that we had tried to get him to.

But when reporters asked Trump why Pompeo wanted Linick axed, he offered, 'Maybe [Pompeo] thinks he's being treated unfairly.'

Oh.

As for all the personal errands Pompeo was reportedly having government appointees run for him, Trump didn't see any problem with a little illegal grifting of American taxpayers.

'I don't think it's that important,' Trump said of Pompeo. 'They're bothered because he had somebody walk his dog? This country has a long way to go. The priorities are really screwed up.'

Oh.

Trump sounds as mentally addled as ever.

Aaron Rupar ✔ @atrupar · May 18, 2020 Replying to @atrupar REPORTER: You're getting criticism from Democrats in Congress who say you're firing IGs to avoid accountability
TRUMP: 'And if I didn't fire him, they would've criticized me too'
(Nobody would've criticized Trump for not firing the State Dept IG)
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Aaron Rupar ✔ @atrupar .@jeffmason1: You said you don't know the IG you just fired. What was he doing that was treating you unfairly?
TRUMP: 'I don't know. I don't anything about him. I don't know.' Embedded video 1,099 4:14 PM - May 18, 2020 Twitter Ads info and privacy 521 people are talking about this

Aaron Rupar ✔ @atrupar · 23h Replying to @atrupar
.@jeffmason1: You said you don't know the IG you just fired. What was he doing that was treating you unfairly?
TRUMP: 'I don't know. I don't anything about him. I don't know.' Embedded video

Aaron Rupar ✔ @atrupar
REPORTER: Pompeo was reportedly under investigation by the IG you fired. Are you concerned he requested the firing to avoid an investigation?
TRUMP: I don't know anything about it ... I don't think it sounds, like, that important Embedded video 744 4:21 PM - May 18, 2020 Twitter Ads info and privacy 366 people are talking about this

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