Pompeo not playing Andrea Mitchell’s gotcha game, sets her straight on greatest threat to Persian culture

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo wasn’t having any of the left’s gotcha-questions as he pushed back at MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell during a press conference.

Mitchell asked Pompeo about “the issue of cultural sites” in a question Tuesday on President Donald Trump’s warning to the Iranian regime about retaliating for the death of Iranian Gen. Qassem Soleimani following a U.S. airstrike in Baghdad.

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The NBC anchor and reporter referred to Trump’s tweets over the weekend warning Iran that if they attack any Americans as revenge, the U.S. has “targeted 52 Iranian sites” in response.

Mitchell noted, in her question to Pompeo, that Defense Secretary Mark Esper had said a military attack on cultural sites would violate “the laws of armed conflict.”

“I’m wondering whether you would push back in your advice or in your role?” she then asked Pompeo, after setting up the president as the real threat to Iranian cultural sites.

“You’re not really wondering, Andrea. You’re not really wondering,” the secretary of state shot back with a laugh before proceeding to dismantle her narrative.

“I was unambiguous on Sunday. It is completely consistent with what the president has said. We will take every action we take, and it will be consistent with the international rule of law, and the American people can rest assured that will be the case,” he said.

“Let me tell you what’s done damage to the Persian culture. It’s not the United States of America. It’s the Ayatollah,” Pompeo continued.

“If you want to look at who has denied religious freedom, if you want to know who has denied the Persian culture’s rich and steeped in history and intellect and they’ve denied the capacity for that culture to continue. If you go back and look at the holidays around Cyrus and Nowruz they have not permitted people to celebrate. They have not allowed people that they have killed, that Qassem Soleimani killed, they have not allowed them to go mourn their family members,” Pompeo schooled Mitchell and any other ignorant liberal media talking heads who have remained silent in the decades of oppression by the Islamic government.

“The real risk to Persian culture does not come from the United States of America. There is no mistake about that,” he concluded.

The wife of the late Shah of Iran Mohammad Reza Pahlevi, who died in 1980 after being forced to flee his country amid protests fired up by religious leader Ayatollah Khomeini, lamented the “serious damage” to Iran’s cultural legacy on Twitter.


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Pompeo echoed his own comments on Twitter as well.

He was applauded for his response to Mitchell and thanked by many on social media for standing up for Iran’s people.


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