VBox7 logo

Belgium: Pompeo names Russia, China, Iran and terrorism chief NATO threats

3 20.11.2019 Инфо

M/S Pompeo arriving at stage at NATO headquareters in Brussels
W/S Assistant handing document to Pompeo
M/S Pompeo on stage
W/S Pompeo on stage
SOT, Mike Pompeo, US Secretary of State: "30 years later we again face threats from authoritarian regimes. And again we must face them together. Russia, China, Iran - their value systems are simply very different from ours and go in an opposite direction. Add the threats that we have from terror around the world - radical Islamic extremism and cyber threats - and there our work remains. Every ally has the responsibility, the duty to confront them. And we are happy with the progress that has been made towards the fulfilling the 2018 Brussels summit commitments. We give our allies full credit for committing to add 100 billion in new defense spending by the end of the year 2020." *MULTIPLE SHOTS AT SOURCE*
W/S Press conference
M/S Journalist
SOT, Mike Pompeo, US Secretary of State: "It is always the case that every institution, every structure that has been created should constantly be evaluated against whether it's fit for purpose, is it achieving its ends. Is it delivering against the objectives that were originally set out or those objectives that were put in place as either the charter was amended or the strategic objective was amended. That certainly goes for NATO as well. I don't know if this is precisely the right moment or this is the right format, we will all think about that. But it is eminently reasonable to continue to make sure that alliances that are put together - this critical alliance that is NATO - that it is right, that it's structured properly, that burden sharing is aligned in the right way, that its objective as these thing change."
W/S Press conference
SOT, Mike Pompeo, US Secretary of State: "I didn't see the testimony [of US ambassador to the European Union Gordon Sondland], I'm not going to recuse myself from this. I know precisely what American policy was with respect to Ukraine. I was working on it and I'm incredibly proud of what we've accomplished. We delivered remarkable outcomes for the Ukrainian people, and I hope that we're able to continue to do so. We got them the defensive systems they needed. We got them the resources. The previous administration refused to do that. And I'm proud that (US) President (Donald) Trump led that effort to get our policy on Ukraine right. We not only planned for it. We not only laid out a plan for it, but we executed and delivered on it. We'll continue to do that. Our focus at the State Department is on making sure that we get our policy right, executed flawlessly and deliver security on behalf of the American people. We've done it for my first year and a half. I intend to do it every single day. And I'm counting on my team to remain focused on that as well." *GLITCH AT SOURCE*
M//S Pompeo leaving conference hall
W/S Press leaving conference hall
SCRIPT
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo held a press briefing after the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) ministerial meeting finished at its headquarters in Brussels on Wednesday.
Speaking on threats faced by the Alliance, Pompeo named Russia, China and Iran, which the Secretary called 'authoritarian regimes', and continued the list with radical Islamic extremism and cyber threats. Pompeo praised the commitment of NATO allies for expanding the NATO budget to the tune of $100 billion (‎€90.385 million) by the end of 2020.
When questioned about the testimony of US ambassador to the European Union Gordon Sondland in the ongoing impeachment inquiry on US President Donald Trump, Pompeo refused to comment as he "didn't see the testimony" and instead expressed support for President Donald Trump's policy "I'm proud that (US) President (Donald) Trump led that effort to get our policy on Ukraine right. We not only planned for it. We not only laid out a plan for it, but we executed and delivered on it. We'll continue to do that."
During the impeachment inquiry earlier on Wednesday, ambassador Sondland stated he was following the president's orders and testified there was a quid pro quo between the White House and Ukraine.