Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is heading out on what may prove his toughest trip yet, a weeklong swing through the Middle East in which he will give a major speech about America’s role in the region and privately reassure Arab allies that the U.S. remains committed to them.
In his speech, to be given in Cairo, Pompeo plans to repudiate the Middle East vision of former President Barack Obama, who famously delivered an address to the broader Muslim world while in Egypt in 2009. Pompeo will slam Obama’s engagement with Iran while asserting that President Donald Trump has the region’s best interests at heart.
Disputing the reasons Obama has given for the rise of terror in the Middle East, Pompeo will insist that Iran, a country Obama tried to engage, is the real terrorist culprit.
Pompeo will also be making stops in Jordan, Egypt, Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Oman and Kuwait. A visit to Iraq is also possible, as is a stop in Israel. The trip is supposed to run through Jan. 15.
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