This Stunning Exchange Between Secretary Pompeo and a GOP Senator Reveals Just How Subservient Trump's Appointees Are
Sen. Jeff Flake (R-AZ) attempted to complement U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, and the interaction revealed a disturbing dynamic in President Donald Trump's White House.
"I want to commend the State Department, you in particular, for quick statements with regard to the nature of the conversation as it was between President Putin and President Trump regarding certain individuals like Mr. McFaul and others traveling to Russia to be interrogated by the Russians," Flake said. "State Department came out and said that was inappropriate, despite the president's statement that it was an incredible offer."
"Thank you for doing that," Flake added to a visibly uncomfortable Pompeo who refused to accept the compliment.
"Thanks, but, Senator Flake, you give me little bit too much credit," Pompeo responded. "I'm doing my level best every day to implement the president's policies. That statement was from the United States President's State Department."
Pompeo's subservient response represents a notable pattern for a president whose Cabinet routinely fawns over him during televised meetings.
His response to Flake didn't even make sense on its face. No evidence has been presented to suggest that the State Department was on orders from Trump to publicly release a statement contradicting the president.
Watch the odd exchange below.