Pompeo, the first U.S. secretary of state to visit a settlement and the Golan Heights, proclaimed the Trump administration’s break with international consensus on recognizing settlements as Israeli territory and its willingness to help Israeli companies in the West Bank avoid international sanctions. But when the news inadvertently leaked that the trip was being described as part of the “Pompeo Doctrine”, the criticism was immediate.
“Pompeo’s West Bank and Golan Heights have nothing to do with America’s ambitions but his own in 2024,” tweeted Aaron David Miller, senior fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.
Pompeo’s visit was in line with the Trump administration̵
Others saw it differently. Presidential historian Michael Beschloss called in. “A Secretary of State should not use his Senate-confirmed job to run for president.”
Intends to stay in politics
Foreign Ministry officials tried to fill the bottle in the bottle – they told journalists not to attribute the sentence to the Foreign Ministry after sharing it with journalists, and insisted that it be widely used in Israel. The claim caused many Israelis to scratch their heads.
The widespread assumption that Pompeo’s journey was about politics as much as politics is rooted in his track record of appearing to mix the two – first in the apparent service of a potential Senate running in Kansas, and now in that sense , that he may have the 2024 presidential ambitions.
This impression is limited by recent coffee meetings the secretary has held at the State Department with Republican strategists and conservative media, according to two sources familiar with the meetings.
With only a few weeks left in this administration, Pompeo appears to be actively working toward political life after Trump and recently invited at least a small group of Republicans to the meetings, including strategists and right-wing journalists.
A source familiar with the coffee collection said that “as Mike Pompeo prepares to run, he will sit down with people in Republican circles whom he has not met or has not spoken to in a while. “
“Over the last few weeks, they have become more aggressive,” this source said of the meetings. “Pompeo is trying to build his contacts, and he is doing that at all levels. He wants people who can raise money, he wants people who provide political advice, he wants people who can write, and people who can talk.”
Another source familiar with Pompeo’s thinking downplayed the top US diplomat’s presidential election, saying “he has always been one to think about today.”
The source said they did not believe the presidency is as active in the mind of Pompeo as many believe, noting that Israel has long been a passion for him.
But other sources close to the secretary say he intends to remain in politics when President-elect Joe Biden takes office and that he is not expected to return to the private sector. Pompeo is “not done with the fight,” said a source close to him in the State Department.
Pompeo could write a book, give speeches and attend academic institutions or corporate councils when he leaves the state, two sources told CNN. He could also launch his own political platforms such as A super PAC so he can give money to candidates to vote across the country – a classic way to build political loyalty. But these details are not widely elaborated, the sources said.
“Mike Pompeo is focused on doing his job as Secretary of State and he has no plans for any period after January 21,” the source added close to Pompeo.
“He keeps his cards close to his chest,” said another source who has previously worked with Pompeo. That said, the idea has enough public currency for someone to stick a “Mike Pompeo 2024” t-shirt on Amazon for $ 16.99.
“I think it’s pretty inevitable that he would run,” said GOP strategist Doug Heye. “The challenge he will face, and others will face, is that many others will only run with the Trump cloak, including senators, members of Congress and other former government officials.”
Nathan Gonzales, editor of the Inside Elections newsletter, adds that “it’s hard to know what Republican voters will actually look for in future elections … Only with some distance and time will we know if they are closely associated with the President is an asset or a liability. “
‘Focus on your daily job!’
In the last few months, Pompeo has repeatedly worked in stops appealing to conservative and evangelical voters who strongly supported Trump.
During this week’s trip to Israel, Pompeo also visited the site of Jesus’ baptism and announced that the United States would identify organizations that boycott Israeli settlements as anti-Semitic and ensure they receive no US funding, a move Amnesty International described as an attack on freedom of expression.
The visit was welcomed by evangelical leaders, such as Bob Vander Plaats, president and CEO of the Family Leadership Summit, who told CNN also visited the same winery last year.
But many analysts thought Pompeo went too far. “The itinerary and the absence of a largely material agenda suggest to me that this has much more to do with Pompeo’s ambitions in 2024 than the realities of what will be confronted in 2020, especially with regard to the Israeli piece of it,” Miller said. a former dealer in the Middle East.
“It works very well with evangelicals. It works very well with about a quarter of American Jewish community, it works with conservative Republicans. And those are topics that are very unstable and play extremely well,” said Miller, who is also a CNN. analyst.
Freedom of religion
Over the past few months, Pompeo has spoken at a mega-church in Texas, performed at the Conservative Values Voters Summit and delivered the keynote address for a conservative, anti-LGBTQ, anti-abortion Christian organization in Florida.
Earlier this year, Pompeo visited Iowa for the Family Leadership Summit – an event hosted by the conservative organization The Family Leader, which has become a frequent stop for Republican politicians.
And Pompeo has broadly spread his own evangelical faith and often talks about it in official interviews, mentioning the Bible he has on his desk and publicly describing rights derived from God, not government. A former senior official said they saw Pompeo’s comments on religion “as largely political, simply because evangelicals are an important part of the president’s political base.”
“It’s a base that Pompeo can communicate with because they see him as one of them,” the official said. “It not only reflects the secretary’s desire to play one of the president’s strengths, but also goes into his own president’s ambitions.”