“These issues which can be required that the President has directed us to do in compliance with the choice that the GSA made yesterday, we’ll do all of these issues,” Pompeo mentioned, referring to the Normal Providers Administration, which offers a presidential transition crew with workplace house and coordinates its entry to federal companies to plan the shift from one administration to one other.

“It is a authorized requirement, and we’ll at all times honor that promise,” Pompeo mentioned throughout an interview on Fox Information that was performed earlier this week and aired on Thursday.

In the identical interview, the highest US diplomat alluded to the Trump administration’s willingness to take care of terrorists and perceived threats by assassination — simply days earlier than Iran’s high nuclear scientist, Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, was killed on Friday outdoors the capital Tehran, in accordance to Iran’s state media IRIB and the semi-official information company Tasnim. Nobody has claimed duty for the killing.
The State Department and Iran’s mission to the United Nations didn’t reply to requests for remark.

Iran’s Protection Ministry confirmed the demise. “Through the battle, the safety crew defending Iranian scientists have been additionally injured and transferred to hospital. Iranian Protection Ministry in an announcement condoled with Supreme Chief of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei and Iranian nation over the unfair assassination of a dedicated supervisor and an skilled,” state-news company IRNA mentioned on Friday.

‘Take him out’

Pompeo mentioned it was essential not to conflate safety with the variety of troopers on the bottom in anyone place, and that the US retains a watch on terrorist threats past Afghanistan’s borders as nicely.

“The menace from terrorism world wide — from Islamic extremism, Islamic terrorism — is actual. It does not simply emanate from Afghanistan,” Pompeo mentioned. Referring to the senior Iranian army chief the US assassinated in January 2020, and an al Qaeda chief killed by a US airstrike in 2019, Pompeo mentioned, “if Qassem Soleimani is an issue, we’ll go crush them. If Hamza bin Ladin presents a threat, we’ll take him out.”

Pompeo was additionally requested whether or not President Donald Trump would order a whole withdrawal of US forces from Afghanistan earlier than his time period ends on January 20. Pompeo mentioned getting to that quantity is the “mission set,” however declined to say whether or not it could occur earlier than the tip of Trump’s time period.

“Effectively, the President will clearly make the choice on that,” Pompeo mentioned. “The President to date has mentioned that we’re going to go from the place we’re as we speak, one thing simply over 4,000, to round 2,500.”

The interview excerpts printed Thursday started with a query in regards to the transition, which Trump has but to clearly and publicly settle for, as a substitute, persevering with to tweet lies and baseless accusations about voter fraud.

Fox Information’ Bret Baier requested Pompeo a few assertion he had made simply over two weeks earlier, through which he refused to acknowledge Joe Biden’s victory as President-elect and mentioned as a substitute that “there will be a easy transition to a second Trump administration,” triggering criticism and confusion amongst his personal workers.

Pompeo’s remarks on the State Department on November 10 added to confusion generated by Trump’s refusal to concede the 2020 election and a rising concern {that a} chaotic transition interval might undermine nationwide safety. Some measures by his State Department appeared pettier.

Historically, the State Department helps all communications for the President-elect throughout a transition interval. However when many international locations started sending messages to State to congratulate Biden, the Trump administration prevented the president-elect from accessing them, in accordance to State Department officers aware of the messages.