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Sun Feb 10, 2019, 11:31 PM

Mike Pompeos EU Troublemaker Tour


For Central Europeans, visit is a seal of approval. For Washington, it’s about Russia and China.

By LILI BAYER AND DANIEL LIPPMAN 2/11/19, 4:04 AM CET

Mike Pompeo is heading for the EU's eastern fringe — on a mission to make sure it's looking west.

That's how senior administration officials present the secretary of state's upcoming visits to Hungary, Slovakia and Poland — as a chance to counter growing Russian and Chinese influence in areas as diverse as energy and technology.

But his host governments, facing accusations at home and abroad of backsliding on democracy and the rule of law, have seized on the trip to brand it as a seal of approval from Washington.

If he wants to avoid further alienating Western European allies frustrated and bewildered by the Trump administration's foreign policy, Pompeo will have to strike a balance between praising his hosts and addressing the concerns of their critics.

Both Budapest and Warsaw are the subject of EU disciplinary proceedings, charged with putting the bloc's fundamental values at risk, while Bratislava's reputation has been badly tarnished by the murder of a journalist investigating mafia links that appear to reach into the heart of government.

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https://www.politico.eu/article/mike-pompeo-eu-troublemaker-tour-hungary-poland-chinese-influence-rule-of-law/

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Response to RCW2014 (Original post)

Sun Feb 10, 2019, 11:47 PM

1. Wasn't Mike Pompeo supposed to have quit or been fired by now?

Kinda hard to take Lefty serious after all the Fake News from these same sources.

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Sun Feb 10, 2019, 11:52 PM

2. He must be upsetting Mother Russia and her sophicants again

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Response to His Daughter (Reply #2)

Sun Feb 10, 2019, 11:59 PM

3. Daddy's Hands

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