tv Secretary of State Mike Pompeo Press Briefing CSPAN November 26, 2019 5:04pm-5:27pm EST
testify next week before the house judiciary committee on whether there are constitutional grounds for the impeachment of president trump watch the hearing live on c-span3, on c-span.org, or listen live on the c-span radio app. secretary of state mike pompeo today addressed a number of likes around countries iran, china, and the conflict in hong kong. allegationsed about of ukraine interfering in the 2016 election. here is his news briefing. sec. pompeo: good morning,
everyone. i want to comment this morning on a few terrorism related matters, a terrorist regime, and a couple other items as well. before i begin, i want to confirm with a heavy heart today that united states citizen dale rush of california was killed in on novemberattack 24. we extend our condolences to the family and friends of the tragic incident and send our best wishes for a speedy recovery to those who were injured. we condemn this act in the strongest possible terms. today also marks the 11th anniversary of the mumbai terrorist attacks. we remember the 160 six victims, acluding six americans, and
brutality that shocked the entire world. it is an affront to the victims and their families that those who planned the attacks have still not been convicted. to the world's largest sponsor of terrorism, the islamic republic of iran, the iranian people are once again on the streets because of the regime's poor economic management. instead of addressing their grievances, tehran has responded with violence and by blaming those out light of the country. they shut down the -- outside of the country. they shut down the internet to keep the truth from getting out. we have received to date nearly 20,000 messages, videos, pictures, notes of the regime's abuses through telegram messaging services. i hope they will continue to be sent to us.
continue to sanction iranian -- responsiblend for these abuses just like we did last week. the iranian regime continues to support cruelty outside its borders. last week, and iranian dissident was assassinated and is double after he defected to turkey from iraq. this is another tragic example in a long string of assassination attempts outside of iranian soil. the regime's brutality and immorality know no international boundaries. to the courageous people of around who refused to stay silent, thetay united states hears you, we support you, and we will continue to stand with you in your struggle. as part of our long-standing
strategic partnership with egypt, we continue to raise the need to recognize human rights and a robust society. we call on egypt to recognize freedom of the press and to release the journalist who were detained last weekend. turning to the chinese communist party. you have seen details of the oppression of minority groups. are consistent with an overwhelming and growing body of evidence that the chinese communist party is committing human rights abuses against individuals and mast attention. we call on the chinese government to release those arbitrarily detained and to end it's true conan policies. it's draconian policies.
different note regarding china, we congratulate the people of hong kong on free and fair elections on the 24th of november. the united states continues to support democratic values and fundamental freedoms for hong kong. we also have a short announcement on cuba. today, the united states is taking action to prevent cuba from circumventing sanctions. a state run country is the primary facilitator of illegal oil imports from venezuela. we are putting sanctions on another cuban company pursuant to an executive order. they were sanctioned in july of 2019 and have since had trouble finding companies willing to
conduct business with them. there is a scheme between cuba illegalzuela declared by the legitimate government of venezuela. the people of venezuela continue to suffer. furtheraction will squeeze the illegal profit making scheme. , after the holidays, i will be hitting the road for some important diplomatic activities. first, i will head to louisville, kentucky. university of louisville will host me for remarks as part of mitch mcconnell's distinguished speaker series. for i will travel to london a nato leaders meeting where the president and other allied leaders will talk about a whole host of ways to strengthen the
alliance now celebrating its 70th anniversary. then i will travel to morocco, one of our strongest partners in the region. i am looking forward to reviewing our partnership and areas of constant -- cooperation. then i go to lisbon. i look forward to that visit as well. with that, i am happy to take a few questions. >> happy thanksgiving, mr. secretary, and thank you for coming down twice in two weeks. good tradition to get into. i want to ask you about hong kong. the president is -- i don't want to say waffling, but he has not this andis mind about it would involve sanctions. is this something you are personally supportive of and are ,ou willing to take action
sanctions or otherwise, in relation to the leaders? i accept that you will not like this question or might think it's irrelevant or unimportant, so i stipulate that in advance. last friday, the department released calls and correspondence that show you had two brief conversations with rudy giuliani in late march that have led to speculation and reports that you were involved in the campaign to recall ambassador jovanovich from ukraine. did you recall her and did the state department then mislead or misinform congress as to the circumstances of her departure in the two letters spent -- sent to steny hoyer and eliot engel? sec. pompeo: as for hong kong, i
think the administration has been pretty clear about our expectations for beijing. we have human rights standards we apply across the world. hong kong is no different. in addition, we have a commitment to the chinese government. their obligation is to maintain one country, two systems. that is what they need to work toward. congress has taken action. i will not get out in front of what the president will do before too long, but suffice to say i think the administration has been pretty unambiguous in their support for the chinese communist party's continued commitment to the promises that were made and i think you saw that from the people of hong kong this week. that is what they are asking for, the maintenance of the understandings that were committed to under international law. i don't have much to say with respect to the ukraine investigation other than this. we will continue to comply with
all the legal roof airman's -- all the legal requirements. weekpplied documents last and will continue to do that as as wired by law and as of -- required by law and as appropriate. we had a very clear policy with respect to ukraine and we executed it successfully. there are still many challenges. have a president in ukraine working to make sure we work through the challenges the country has had for a long time. the state department has been working on that for a year and a -- a year and a half plus and will continue to work on it. every action i have taken is driven toward that objective. america, thank you. reporter strongly condemned
-- iranian threat threat against journalists. there is intimidation on social media and of relatives in iran. what is your take? sec. pompeo: i have seen those reports and i have seen iranians engage in activity that is at odds with understandings we have in america about how the press ought to be treated. i don't know that i have much more to add other than that the entirety of how the president has thought about the middle east and the level of activity in the republic drives toward working to eradicate what you just described. for we have advocated inside the islamic republic is a change in the behavior of the --ime, a change that remits permits people to engage in commerce, take care of their families, and have normal press
freedoms. that has been the policy for the entire time of the trump administration. those reports remind me that our work is not complete. >> two questions. one on turkey. is that cause for concern? will the u.s. take any action in response like possible sanctions? do you believe the u.s. and ukraine should investigate the theory that it was ukraine, not russia, that hack to the dnc emails? is. pompeo: anytime there information that indicates that any country has messed with american elections, we not only have a right but a duty to make sure we chase that down. i served as the cia director for the first year and a half of this administration. i can assure you there were many
countries actively engaged in trying to undermine american democracy, our rule of law, and the fundamental understandings we have in the united states. towere diligently working make sure we addressed each of them with every tool of american power that we had. i said nations, i think. it is not just state actors. there are nonstate actors, too, out there acting in ways that are against the interests of what we are trying to do. if we have information to suggest there might have been interference or an effort to interfere, we have an obligation to make sure the american people get to go to the ballot box and cast their ballots in a way that is un-impacted by malevolent actors trying to undermine our western values. our -- your question about turkey. yes, it is concerning. we are hopeful. we are still talking to the
turks, trying to work our way through this thing. i don't want to get out in front of what the president may or may not do. ourwe have made very clear desire to see them move away from putting into full operant the weaponsion system. happy thanksgiving to you. >> on hong kong, a quick follow-up. endorsedident trump the bipartisan legislation on hong kong human rights? thereason i ask is because secretary of state will be kongred to certify if hong retains enough autonomy for favorable trading terms. new leaky, i've seen a of documents published by the
international consortium of thattigative journalists reveals the strategy behind a campaign of reeducation of minority groups. would you say that u.s. pressure has had any effect on china's actions? and do these new documents allow to be takene action against china? sec. pompeo: your first question i cannot really answer because you point out, quite frankly, in the second part of the question that the issue will come to me if it becomes law. if the president signs it and it becomes law, that will come to me and i will have to make that determination. i don't want to prejudge that. i want to make sure the process is run in a neutral way. be tasked under that
statute to evaluate if the requirements are met. our team already has a lot of foundational activity in place we can perform a pretty thorough analysis pretty quickly to see if that certification can be made if in fact it becomes law. that will be a published certification. we will send it to capitol hill as required by the statute. the second question is about the effect of the newly released information. i think there are a couple. first, i think it confirms what we have been saying at the state department and the united states government for some time now about what is taking place. very significant human rights abuses. it shows that it is not random. it is intentional. it is ongoing. i think those papers confirm that. i think the world can see that. i think it is the case now that you will see many more countries around the world acknowledging
what is taking place and working alongside the united states to create space and improve human rights conditions. i am hopeful that the release of those papers will encourage others to join in what we view as a very important outcome we are trying to achieve. yes, ma'am. >> i have a comment for the department on the new numbers reports coming out. there is new information that the communist party has detained up to one million leaders. does the state department have any response to that number? our best analysis is that is a reasonable number if you think about the number of persons who have over time been held, detained, or wrongfully denied their fundamental human rights. we think that number is about right. tweeted a short while ago that he would
encourage you to testify in an impeachment investigation. is that something you are considering? sec. pompeo: when the time is right, all good things happen. >> iraq is cracking down on protesters with live ammunition. what steps are you considering to help? aid to the military , will the u.s. be able to provide internet access to the iranian people soon? interneteo: as for access, it has come back on just a bit. we have urged the leadership of the islamic republic regime to turn it back on so that people can communicate. it was done to tamp down on the
protests and deny the world access to see it. it's not working. i talked about the 20,000 messages we received which we believe all came from inside the islamic republic of around. we expect to get thousands and thousands more -- of iran. we expect to get thousands and thousands more in the coming days. the second piece should not surprise anyone. when you turn your internet off, the commercial activity taking place inside iran is diminished. a lot of commerce takes place through electronic communications and the inability to speak there will further decrease the iranian economy deny them thether resources to conduct terror campaigns around the world. the first question was about a rack. >> lebanon. don't have: i anything to say on the lebanon funding issue today. , our mission there
is largely counterterrorism. that's what our troops are on the ground four. , an effort to help the people stand up a free and independent, sovereign rack. .- iraq we are prepared to work with the people in the president and all to tryiraqi leadership to deliver that on behalf of the iraqis. we've made no bones that we believe the iranian presence there is harmful to that. iraqi confident that the leadership once the same thing we are helping them work toward. great. thanks, everybody. have a wonderful thanksgiving.
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