Pompeo's Cairo Speech Is Met With Skepticism About Trump Policies

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s speech Thursday at the American University in Cairo struck out at the Obama administration’s policies in the Middle East.

“In falsely seeing ourselves as a force for what ails the Middle East, we were timid about asserting ourselves when the times – and our partners – demanded it,” Pompeo said.

He didn’t refer to Obama by name. But he called out a speech by “another American” in the same city in 2009 – an address that was a hallmark of the early years of the Obama presidency.

His harsh comments on the past administration prompted critiques of the Trump administration’s strategy for the region.

Among the critics was Gerald Feierstein, U.S. Ambassador to Yemen during the Obama administration.

“Two years into the Trump administration, people are less interested in what they…

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