Secretary of State Mike Pompeo had harsh words for former President Barack Obama during his address in Cairo on Thursday Fox News reported.
The Secretary of State addressed Obama’s foreign policy in the same city where Obama promised a new beginning with Muslim countries in 2009.
“He told you that 9/11 led my country to abandon its ideals, particularly in the Middle East,” he said at the American University in Cairo.
“He told you that the United States and the Muslim world needed ‘a new beginning.’ The results of these misjudgments have been dire.”
Pompeo said that under the former administration the United States had abandoned its allies and became unassertive. The Trump administration official also said that the U.S. “grossly underestimated the tenacity and viciousness of radical Islamism,” and was quiet when Iranians rose up against Tehran.
Pompeo also addressed the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, which the United States has since withdrawn from under the leadership of President Donald Trump.
“Our eagerness to address only Muslims, not nations, ignored the rich diversity of the Middle East, and frayed old bonds. It undermined the concept of the nation-state, the building block of international stability,” he said. “And our desire for peace at any cost led us to strike a deal with Iran, our common enemy.”
However, Pompeo had good news for his audience as well, promising those within earshot that the Trump administration was upending his predecessor’s foreign policy.
“The good news is this: The age of self-inflicted American shame is over, and so are the policies that produced so much needless suffering. Now comes the real ‘new beginning,’” he said.
Pompeo cited the United States pushback of the Islamic State and our withdrawal of troops from Iraq and Saudi Arabia.
“We have rediscovered our voice. We have rebuilt our relationships. We have rejected false overtures from enemies. And look at what we have accomplished together,” he said.