POMPEO UNDER FIRE FOR FALSE CLAIMS ON TRUMP FOREIGN POLICY
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is facing an inquiry after making false claims about US President Donald Trump’s foreign policy in controversial Republican National Convention (RNC) speech while he was on taxpayer-paid official mission to Israel.
In an article written for Business Insider on August 26, 2020, John Haltiwanger, Eliza Relman, and Sonam Sheth said Pompeo's remarks broke from protocol, as secretaries of state don't typically address political conventions and are meant to avoid engaging in domestic politics while abroad. Democrats, ethics watchdogs, and diplomats excoriated Pompeo's unprecedented speech.
Much of what Pompeo said on Tuesday was at odds with reality, as he repeatedly embellished what Trump has accomplished in terms of foreign policy, from clashing with China to bragging about North Korea negotiating with him, to the utterly false claim of strengthening NATO, the assassination of Iranian Maj. Gen. Qassem Soleimani and the US retreat from the 2015 Iran nuclear deal.
Democrats have suggested that Pompeo's speech was illegal and in violation of the Hatch Act — a federal law that prohibits federal employees, other than the president, from engaging in political activities (including campaigning) while on the job. Accordingly, the Democratic-led House is investigating Pompeo's RNC speech. Former Vice President Joe Biden's campaign decried Pompeo's speech as an "abuse of taxpayer dollars," adding that "it undermines the critical work being done by the State Department."