Mike Pompeo is the right choice as Secretary of State, believes Harry J. Kazianis of Fox News. His importance is highlighted by the fact that he went to North Korea to negotiate directly with its regime. Pompeo is now a crucial part of the upcoming talks with Kim Jong-un’s government. The fact that President Trump trusts and values him likely elevates him in North Korea’s eyes. Knowing they are negotiating with someone whose views closely align with the US president’s will make it easier to trust his words. These negotiations are already a highly complicated affair. Losing Pompeo would have been a huge blow.
Mike Pompeo simply isn’t right for Secretary of State, holds Paul Waldman of The Washington Post. While his education and background are not inadequate for this role, his ideals are. In the past, he has voiced homophobic opinions. Even more crucial for foreign policy decision-making, Pompeo has demonstrated a worrying view of Muslims and Islam. His participation helped promote an islamophobic radio show. He spoke at an event organized by an openly anti-Muslim group and accepted an award from it. Pompeo has shown over the past that he views Islam in a negative light, which is unbefitting of a Secretary of State.