Pompeo takes aim at Iran in Egypt speech

OAN Newsroom
UPDATED 10:52 AM PT — Thursday, January 10, 2019

According to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, America will not retreat from the Middle East until the fight against terror is over.

During a speech at the American University in Cairo Thursday, Pompeo slammed Obama administration policies that hurt U.S. allies in the region and emboldened Iran.

He said the U.S. was timid in asserting itself at times when our partners demanded it, but noted this had changed under President Trump.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, gives a speech at the American University in Cairo, Egypt, Thursday, Jan. 10, 2019. Pompeo delivered a scathing rebuke of the Obama administration’s Mideast policies as he denounced the former president for misguided and wishful thinking that diminished America’s role in the region, harmed its longtime friends and emboldened its main foe: Iran. (AP Photo/Amr Nabil)

“Let’s turn to Iran. President Trump has reversed our willful blindness to the danger of the regime and withdrew from the failed nuclear deal with its false promises. The U.S. reimposed sanctions that should never have been lifted. We embarked on a new pressure campaign to cut off the revenues the regime uses to spread terror and destruction throughout the world.” — Mike Pompeo, Secretary of State

Pompeo also called on countries to confront Iran, saying the Middle East would never enjoy security or economic stability if the regime persists on its current course.

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