Secretary of State Mike Pompeo testified before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and it was a little wild.
In a particularly dramatic moment, Corker pressed Pompeo to explain what he characterized as Trump’s “purposeful” efforts to sow misinformation and discord.
“That shocks people,” Corker said. “To purposefully cause the American people to misunderstand about the NATO contributions, and to cause them to doubt NATO and to really drive the public opinion against NATO — that to me was purposeful, not unlike what happened right after Charlottesville,” he added. He was referring to the violent, even deadly protests in Charlottesville, Va., last August, after which Trump took heat for not more forcefully condemning the actions of white nationalists there.
“Why does he do those things?” Corker asked. “Is there some strategy behind creating doubt in U.S. senators’ minds on both sides of the aisle, doubt in the American people, as to what his motivations are? It’s the president’s actions that create tremendous distrust in our nation, among our allies — it’s palpable. Is there a strategy to this?”
Pompeo responded that Trump has had a direct role in the administration’s aggressive actions against Russia, saying “this administration has been tougher than previous administrations” on Putin.
It was a whole bunch of that, please ignore that and look over here! Let’s instead collectively obsess over Pompeo’s beverage choice!
— David Martosko (@dmartosko) July 25, 2018
Mike Pompeo drinking Diet Coke while testifying on Capitol Hill is so very Trumpy
— Jane C. Timm (@janestreet) July 25, 2018
Rosie O’Donnell has a theory. Or question. Or whatever.
is pompeo being paid by diet coke …
— ROSIE (@Rosie) July 25, 2018
Really guys? Why are you like this?
This whole administration is sponsored by Diet Coke and lying.
— Molly Jong-Fast (@MollyJongFast) July 25, 2018
Me right now:
No he is being paid for by #Russia
— Chocolate Milk 🇺🇸🏳️🌈🌊 #ImpeachTrump (@ChocoHarveyMilk) July 25, 2018
Is that why his and Trump’s skin is so bad.
— Media Queen (@twilliams1961) July 25, 2018
Bad look for Diet Coke. Think I’ll swing over to the Pepsi Generation.
— Diane Reid 🇨🇦 (@dianemariereid) July 25, 2018
.@CocaCola now has an obligation to tell us if they are sponsoring Pompeo and trump
— Donna Dishman (@donna_dishman) July 25, 2018
Just wait. Democrats are going to start boycotting Diet Coke. It’s only a matter of time.