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WATCH: Mike Pompeo Roasts Ilhan Omar For Attacking U.S. Over Venezuela

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo slammed Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) on Thursday after Omar blamed the United States for the crisis in Venezuela and falsely claimed that the U.S. was “bullying” Venezuela.
“I mean a lot of the policies that we’ve put in place has kind of helped lead the devastation in Venezuela,” Omar said on Wednesday, adding, “and we’ve sort of set the stage for where we are arriving today this particular bullying and the use of sanctions to eventually intervene and make regime change really does not help the people of countries like Venezuela.”

Pompeo responded to Omar’s comments on Fox News, saying: “So, the nicest thing I can say is it is unbelievable ignorance. It’s just factually wrong.”

“The problems in Venezuela have been years in the making, it’s been a socialist regime, first with Chavez, now with Maduro, the destruction of a wealthy nation,” Pompeo continued. “A nation with more oil reserves than any other country in the world.”

“For a member of Congress, who, frankly, one who sits on an important national committee, to make a statement blaming America first in this way, it’s not only ignorant, it’s disgusting,” Pompeo continued.

Full transcript provided via Fox News:

LAURA INGRAHAM, FOX NEWS HOST: Venezuela was once a thriving, prosperous country, but under socialist leaders like Hugo Chavez and now, Nicolas Maduro, government’s seizure of companies meant that when their main resource, oil, saw volatility, well, the economy collapse. Now, nearly nine in 10 Venezuelans live in poverty.

Food is so scarce, reports say that some have been forced to eat penguins and cats they find in the street. Now, Maduro has only tightened his grip, imprisoning political opponents and all of this leading to violent clashes.

And the global community, including the U.S., has lined up behind opposition leader, Juan Guaido.

Now, despite all that, Congresswoman Ilhan Omar is, well, you guessed it, blaming us.

(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)

REP. ILHAN OMAR (D-MN): A lot of the policies that we have put in place has kind of helped lead the devastation in Venezuela, and we sort of set the stage for a where are arriving today, this particular bullying and the use of sanctions.

(END VIDEO CLIP)

INGRAHAM: Here now, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.

Mr. Secretary, thank you for being with us tonight.

Now, when you hear a member of the House of Representatives put the blame squarely on the, quote, “bullies” in the United States, what we are seeing tonight in Venezuela, what’s your reaction?

MIKE POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE: So, the nicest thing I can say is it is unbelievable ignorance. It’s just factually wrong.

You hit it in your opening, Laura. The problems in Venezuela have been years in the making, it’s been a socialist regime, first with Chavez, now with Maduro, the destruction of a wealthy nation. A nation with more oil reserves than any other country in the world.

INGRAHAM: Beautiful country, too.

POMPEO: And a beautiful country with beautiful real estate, beautiful shorelines, all kinds of opportunity. For a member of Congress, who, frankly, one who sits on an important national committee, to make a statement blaming America first in this way, it’s only ignorant, it’s disgusting.

INGRAHAM: What can you tell us tonight, not a successful transition in Venezuela? Guaido was the guy, the world community chose, why is he the right one at the right time?

POMPEO: So, the world community has certainly supported him, but the Venezuelan people chose him through their national assembly and through their constitutional process. The military didn’t fracture in the way that we would hope, but it’s just a matter of time.

And it’s a case that Maduro may rule for a little while longer, but he’s not going to govern. Structurally, there is no way he stays in power. It’s time for him to leave, and we need the Cubans and the Russians to follow him out the door.

INGRAHAM: Now, with Americans to say, look, we have a problem at our southern border. We got hundred thousand people a month being apprehended and released into the country.

Why are we focusing at all on Venezuela? What do you say to them?

POMPEO: So, we can do more than one thing at a time. We have an obligation to secure our southern border, but we have had 3 million people, 3 million migrants leave Venezuela, too. They will end up somewhere — today they are in Colombia, Chile, Peru.

We have an important responsibility in Venezuela. First, we want to support democracy in South America. It’s important for our vital national security interest, but it is also the case when we see a humanitarian crisis like this, the American people understand that taking food and providing humanitarian support is something that’s in our nature.

INGRAHAM: I want to move onto another topic, which is China, something that you’ve been addressing lately. I’ve been talking about this for 20 years.

But Joe Biden doesn’t seem to think China is a big threat. Let’s watch.

(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)

JOE BIDEN (D), PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE: China is going to eat our lunch? Come on, man. They can’t even figure out how to deal with the fact that they have this great division between the China Sea in the mountains in the east — I mean in the west. They are not bad folks, folks, but guess what? They are not competition for us.

(END VIDEO CLIP)

INGRAHAM: I don’t even know. I don’t personally know what to say about that. But China, not a threat to the United States? What is the truth there?

POMPEO: President Trump and our administration has taken the threat from China very, very seriously, very different from what we just heard there.

INGRAHAM: They want — he’s leading in the polls.

POMPEO: We understand the threat. There is a trade imbalance that President Trump has tried to take on and get a fair and reciprocal trade between the United States and China. The fact that the Chinese are working to put their systems and networks all across the world so they can steal your information and my information to feed —

INGRAHAM: How about American universities?

POMPEO: And American universities to feed this information back into the system, you talked about this, we talked about a million of their ethnic minorities being held in reeducation camps in Xinjiang. This is stuff reminiscent of the 1930s. They present a real challenge to United States, and this administration is prepared to take this on.

INGRAHAM: American high-tech companies in China, there’s a lot of concern that there has been, I guess, inadvertent assistance to the communist regime there as they seek to dominate, part of their Belt and Road Initiative, dominate every major industry, including space and weaponry, artificial intelligence. What can you tell us about the concerns of American big tech going to China setting up shop?

POMPEO: We’ve talked about this and we’re going to have to talk to each of these businesses. Laura, it’s true, I think America was slow to recognize this challenge. The previous administration, the Obama administration just did not want to touch it.

The first step is to make these businesses aware. This is what the technology is being used for, here’s who you are selling to, the separation between private companies and the government doesn’t exist there, not remotely like we have in the United States. And so we have made clear to them that their technology is being used in ways they may not be aware of, and the impact, not only the impact it has for American national security, but the impact it will have on the business and the business’ reputation is very real.

INGRAHAM: And, Mr. Secretary, I also want your reaction to something one of your predecessors said last night on MSNBC. Watch.

(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)

HILLARY CLINTON, FORMER SECRETARY OF STATE: Why should Russia have all the fun? And since Russia is clearly packing Republicans, why don’t we ask China to back us?

Not only that, China, if you are listening, why don’t you get Trump’s tax returns?

Let’s have a great power contest and let’s get the Chinese in on the side of somebody else.

(END VIDEO CLIP)

INGRAHAM: A leading Democrat, she was on for an hour last night. The great power contest, asking China to dump the tax returns.

POMPEO: So, there is a great power contest taking place, I think that’s true. I only wish when she was secretary of state, she would’ve taken it on instead of allowing it to get to where it is today and turning a willful blind eye to that.

We are taking this seriously. I hadn’t heard those comments before. They don’t remotely sound like what ought to be done by Americans, certainly not what President Trump and this administration is going to do to make sure we keep America safe, that we recognize China is a 1.5 billion people, there will be commerce between the two countries, and we’ve got to make sure America is prepared so that we can continue to be the world’s leading power 10, 20, 50 years from now.

INGRAHAM: Are you having more fun now than you were as CIA director? I was thinking about that. If I could choose between one and the other, like which one — what’s more fun?

POMPEO: They are very different jobs. I’ve enjoyed them both.

INGRAHAM: Oh, what a diplomat.

Mr. Secretary, thanks for being here tonight.

POMPEO: Thank you very much, Laura.

INGRAHAM: Really appreciate it. All right. Thanks for being here tonight.

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