Democrats and those in the mainstream media have never been fans of President Donald Trump, and their hatred boiled over this week after a mob of the president’s supporters stormed the U.S. Capitol building in a riot that many on the left blamed on Trump himself.
But while liberals may feel Wednesday’s violence tarnished the president’s legacy, one of Trump’s strongest allies has just destroyed that notion. According to an exclusive report from Breitbart, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Friday that “history will remember” Trump’s administration “very well.”
“I am proud”
The remark from Pompeo reportedly came in a speech delivered near the end of a day-long private meeting held by the House Republican Study Committee on the current state of the GOP and conservatism, as well as where the party goes from here.
For his part, the secretary of State reportedly feels “proud” of what the Trump administration has accomplished over the last four years.
“I am proud of what we’ve accomplished — not just in the national security, foreign policy space, which I’ve worked with, but the things that we’ve done with families, the pro-life work that we have done,” Pompeo told Republicans, according to Breitbart.
“These are things that will truly be historic. I think history will remember us very well for these things when the books are written,” he added.
Among the accomplishments mentioned by Pompeo were the Trump administration’s decisions to walk away from agreements and groups that were hurting the American people. “We’ve walked away from the World Health Organization. We walked away from the U.N. Human Rights Commission. We walked away from some of the central understandings of the World Trade Organization,” he told Republicans, according to Breitbart.
“Listening to the American people”
As Breitbart noted, however, Pompeo’s positive outlook on Trump’s legacy stands in stark contrast to the pessimistic view that has been put forward by others who have served in the president’s inner circle.
That includes former United Nations Ambassador Nikki Haley, who in the aftermath of the Capitol Hill riot Wednesday was said to have told a Republican National Committee (RNC) gathering that Trump’s presidency “will be judged harshly by history.”
But while Pompeo conceded that last week’s violence was “tragic,” he said it’s important that the GOP doesn’t stop “listening to the American people” going forward.
“While I think we all think the violence that took place in the place where you all work in the Capitol was tragic, I’ve watched people walk away from this president already. And they are not listening to the American people. Not remotely,” he charged, according to Breitbart.
Indeed, President Trump may have been abandoned and denigrated as of late by some who were once his most ardent backers, but one ally who has remained steadfastly loyal and supportive is Secretary Pompeo — and his reasons for doing so aren’t in short supply.