Now that Rex Tillerson is on his way out and CIA Director Mike Pompeo set to replace him, it appears that President Trump may beginning to put together a core team for foreign policy that not only reflects Trump’s views but totes a particular ideological line.
Three aspects surrounding the Mike Pompeo appointment to the State Department should make it clear that this is no ordinary appointment.
Focus on China
Mike Pompeo has said numerous times that Russia, while a geopolitical concern is not really the main threat to the USA. In Pompeo’s mind China is far dangerous to the USA in the long run and this threat must be tackled before it’s too late.
Standing with Israel
Mike Pompeo is known to be fierce critic of the Iran deal as well as a hawk when it comes to Israel. This may be the first truly pro-Israel Secretary of State. After 70 years of Arabists in the State Department, a real shift o Israel may finally be at thand.
Cleaning Out the Swamp
It seems one of the biggest reason Trump want Mike Pompeo is to clean out the State Department. It may seem like a tall order, especially since the Deep State has been embedded in there since the early 20th century, but Pompeo is clearly has been given cart blanche to drain Foggy Bottom of its swamp creatures.
In conclusion, Pompeo’s appointment to Secretary of State presents a rare opportunity to entrust the position to someone whose ideology may finally gut the department and replace it with people aligned with America’s intrest.