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‘It’s totally appropriate’: Pompeo jokes about political pressure in Greece

Look, I was on the phone call. I’m on almost every phone call
with the president, with every world leader. – Can you assure your allies, Greece,
other countries of the Balkans, – the US allies – that they will not be
subject to political pressure based on their willingness or
unwillingness to help the interests of the US president? – What’s the question? To do what?
[laughter] No, no, you’re going to be under
enormous political pressure, let me assure you, right? This is what we do. We work together in a political
environment to achieve what the Greek people want, right? And America tries to advance
its interests around the world and I am confident that I feel pressure. When I talk to your foreign minister,
he pressures me all the time. [laughter] It’s totally appropriate.
– OK. – Right? Isn’t that right?
It’s totally right. Go ahead and admit it. You can say.
It’s completely right. [applause] Yeah, it’s OK, it’s OK.
I understand, it’s OK, it’s fine. Nations do this. Nations work together and
they say, ‘boy, goodness gracious, if you can help me with x,
we’ll help you achieve y’. This is what partnerships do.
It’s win win. It’s better for each of us. I’m not offended when your
prime minister asks me, ‘can you help us with x?’


  1. Chase Hedges
    Chase Hedges October 5, 2019

    Just seeing the name Pompeo made me want to laugh, it's funny
    I know it has nothing to do with the video, but it is kind of funny.
    Just thought I'd out that out there.

  2. Evan Richards
    Evan Richards October 5, 2019

    Given the suicide rates that occured due to the bankers and EU organisations he wishes to defend. For him to say this is insane. Typically insane.

  3. Lovely Hawaiian
    Lovely Hawaiian October 5, 2019

    What a jackass.

  4. Evan Richards
    Evan Richards October 5, 2019

    It's normal to kill the poor and put in austerity! /s

  5. Wholeschooling Mama
    Wholeschooling Mama October 5, 2019

    Our White House is falling down, falling down, falling down.
    Our White House is falling down, our Corrupt President!

    Take the keys and lock him up, lock him up, lock him up!
    Take the keys and lock him up, and all his cronies!

  6. F8oK8
    F8oK8 October 5, 2019

    Wow. Pompeo is a creep.

  7. Richard Marsh
    Richard Marsh October 5, 2019

    Yes Mike. The great American people really want you to pressure Ukraine to investigate Hunter Biden by withholding the help of the great American people. It's perfectly appropriate. Everyone does it. Right? It's OK. You can say it.

    RIP USA šŸ˜­

  8. John Fry
    John Fry October 5, 2019

    What a lier. He knows tRump has asked a foreign leader, to help him dig dirt on a political opponent. Pressure is ok, but not for political gain. Pompeo your support of tRump, is damaging democracy. You will be judged for this.!

  9. kare more
    kare more October 5, 2019

    He's a liar.

  10. SJ T
    SJ T October 5, 2019

    Mikey, when they make a movie about this, which celebrity would you like to play your character, "Frightened Inmate #2"?

  11. JonnyRed801
    JonnyRed801 October 5, 2019

    Biden and his sons business dealings fits a long pattern of companies owned by or closely tied to foreign governments courting the families of high-ranking American officials….

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    Wili Wds October 5, 2019


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    Wili Wds October 5, 2019


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    Wili Wds October 5, 2019


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  17. sohaib agouba
    sohaib agouba October 5, 2019

    This is totally stupid …. She said the interest of us President not the USA

  18. acd cat
    acd cat October 5, 2019

    the depravity is demeaning of his position.

  19. Don donald
    Don donald October 5, 2019

    If you are looking for corruption? Look no further than the United States of America.

  20. WildwoodCastle
    WildwoodCastle October 5, 2019

    The World Will Not End With A Bang… But With Political Correctness…

  21. Graeme SYDNEY
    Graeme SYDNEY October 5, 2019

    Smartarse spin merchant – answer the question. Avoidance is confirmation of guilt and intent.

  22. J Bagger
    J Bagger October 5, 2019

    This footage has been altered. Nice to see the Guardian is still working for HSBC.

  23. aon10003
    aon10003 October 5, 2019

    If you dont understand thst Greeks are oroud, why are you eben in Greece.

  24. Kathleen M. Higgins
    Kathleen M. Higgins October 5, 2019

    If you are on almost every phone call with the president. Say so in the 1st place – not when you know you've been busted.

  25. William Lundine
    William Lundine October 5, 2019

    …buy in.(cheap trick)

  26. John Beaupain
    John Beaupain October 6, 2019

    Pompeo is pathetic. This is NOT defending, or standing up for, the Constitution of the United States. This is NOT OK – PERIOD!

  27. Peregrine Slim
    Peregrine Slim October 6, 2019

    America overthrew the legitimate government of Ukraine, so naturally the usurpers expect favours from those selected to rule.

  28. J Wally
    J Wally October 6, 2019

    low self esteem

  29. Jorge Stolfi
    Jorge Stolfi October 6, 2019

    His brain is melting down, like Giuliani's, for the same reason: he knows that he will be thrown in jail for a long time for what he did in Ukraine, unless somehow Trump gets re-elected and becomes President for Life.
    Of course HE would not not offended when the Greek PM asks "can you help me with X". It is the Greek people who should get mad if they find out, and "X" is "win my re-election".

  30. John Boulougouris
    John Boulougouris October 6, 2019

    Sick man.

  31. Neil Armstrong
    Neil Armstrong October 6, 2019

    I guess Pompeo forgot his West Point oath! "A cadet will not lie, cheat, steal, or tolerate those who do."

  32. Temple Slug
    Temple Slug October 6, 2019

    Trump/Barr/Pompeo are gonna bring the entire corrupt temple down on thr democrats heads. Anyone who believes tje liberal media is a fuckin sheep.

  33. Tina Leigh
    Tina Leigh October 6, 2019

    Barf….Pompeo is such a creep.

  34. Memet Kulolmaz
    Memet Kulolmaz October 6, 2019

    It's funny how bandits talk about the law.

  35. Sky Dive
    Sky Dive October 6, 2019

    The guy lost it, embarrasing himself in front of the crowd

  36. Sam
    Sam October 6, 2019

    He diverted from the subject by faking not to understand the question and getting a laugh. Then, he answered a fictional question about pressure from the US.

    The original question remains: will nations be put under pressure to help the interest of Trumpā€™s political campaign against other American parties?

    As a very polite reporter of course, she left an escape door for her guest by using the ambiguous term ā€œUS Presidentā€, which can be interpreted as ā€œthe USā€ or as ā€œDonald Trumpā€.

    Pompeo should thank her.

    And ā€œenormous pressureā€ by the way, is the same as bullying.

  37. Vassi Bieber
    Vassi Bieber October 6, 2019

    You can see how uncomfortable she is…

  38. Andy
    Andy October 6, 2019

    Hmm, just what is this US administration doing globally???

  39. vince Rain
    vince Rain October 9, 2019

    At the 1:01 mark, she crosses her arms. Crossing the arms across the chestĀ is a classic gestureĀ ofĀ defensiveness. This defensiveness usually manifests as uneasiness, shyness or insecurity. When a person feels threatened by a situation.

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