Mike Pompeo Would Only Make Trump’s Anti-Muslim Rhetoric Worse
Last week the New York Times reported that President Donald Trump plans to replace Secretary of State Rex Tillerson with CIA Director Mike Pompeo, although Tillerson and Trump deny the reports. Pompeo would be a troubling choice as the nation’s top diplomat. His hawkish views on Islam are more likely to enable Trump’s Muslim-hating rhetoric, not suppress it.
As The Atlantic notes, Pompeo has close ties with Frank Gaffney, president of the Center for Security Policy, who has argued that following Islamic law is “an impermissible act of sedition, which has to be prosecuted.”
From a policy standpoint, Pompeo would make a perfect fit for Trump because they are both warmongers. A fierce opponent of the Iran deal, Pompeo said in 2014, while a member of the House of Representatives from Kansas, that military force should be used to halt Tehran’s nuclear program.
As disastrous as Tillerson has been, he at least was a voice of calm in quelling the calls for war coming out of the Oval Office. He consistently pushed backagainst calls for military action in North Korea, saying that diplomacy should be prioritized. Unlike Trump, he supports the Iran deal and is reportedly working behind the scenes to save it. During a hearing on the Hill, Tillerson said that classifying the Muslim Brotherhood as a terror group would complicate peace negotiations in the Middle East.
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