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With an Eye on 2024, a Rarely Bashful Pompeo Grows More Combative

Mr. Pompeo has notably steered away from immediately criticizing Antony J. Blinken, the present secretary of state, with whom he said he had a “productive” meeting in January earlier than Mr. Biden’s inauguration.

But he has since repeatedly denounced insurance policies by which Mr. Blinken performs a key position.

Last week, Mr. Pompeo tweeted that the Biden administration’s plans to restart help to the Palestinians canceled underneath Mr. Trump have been “immoral” and would assist terrorist exercise. “Americans and Israelis should be outraged by the Biden administration’s plans to do so,” Mr. Pompeo wrote.

But his commentary goes past overseas coverage. Mr. Pompeo has additionally condemned Mr. Biden’s “backward” “open border” insurance policies. And on March 19, he merely tweeted the number 1,327 — an obvious reference to the variety of days till the 2024 election.

Mr. Pompeo seems to have a heightened sense of animosity towards Mr. Kerry, who’s again in authorities as Mr. Biden’s local weather czar. That appointment, partially, does “not bode well for American energy and for affordable energy here at home,” Mr. Pompeo mentioned in Iowa.

And in a Feb. 22 appearance on Fox News, Mr. Pompeo unloaded on his predecessor over conferences Mr. Kerry had through the Trump years with Iran’s overseas minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif, which Mr. Pompeo referred to as an “un-American” effort to undermine Mr. Trump’s overseas coverage.

There is little signal that Mr. Pompeo’s criticism has struck a nerve amongst Biden officers and their allies. Asked concerning the remarks final month, a State Department spokesman, Ned Price, declined to reply immediately however mentioned the Biden and Trump administrations shared the purpose of stopping Iran from buying a nuclear weapon.

“No one cares,” Ben Rhodes, a former deputy nationwide safety adviser to President Barack Obama, tweeted in response to a current information report about a Pompeo critique of Mr. Biden’s insurance policies.

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