In Europe, Mr. Pompeo is credited help to strengthen NATO as a bulwark against Russia, also through increased military spending. Alexander R. Vershbow, a former Deputy Secretary General of NATO who was also a former United States Ambassador to Russia and South Korea and an Assistant Secretary of Defense, said Pompeo had helped protect NATO from Trump & # 39 ; s & # 39; disdain for the allies and harassment & # 39 ;. tactic. "
Mr Pompeo also deployed shuttle diplomacy to advance relations between Israel and states in the Middle East and North Africa as part of the Abraham Accords, the government's signature achievement in foreign policy. But those peace deals were largely negotiated by Jared Kushner, the president's senior adviser and son-in-law.
Mr. Pompeo has steadfastly supported Israel by defying internationally recognized standards, such as moving the US Embassy in Israel to Jerusalem and proclaiming Israeli sovereignty over the Golan Heights and the legitimacy of settlements in the West Bank. As an evangelical Christian – a group that makes up a major conservative political constituency – Mr. Pompeo has at times phrased actions against Iran in religious terms related to Israel and biblical prophecy.
The Abraham Accords were part of a push to isolate Iran with sanctions and military threats that began after Trump pulled out of a historic 2015 nuclear deal with Tehran in May 2018, just weeks after Pompeo moved to the State Department after he as the CIA director.
Over the next two years, he repeatedly irritated attempts by other world powers to keep the 2015 nuclear deal intact. Pompeo was visibly stimulated by jousting with Iranian officials on Twitter: "You know you're on the side of angels when this happens," he tweeted on Tuesday, months after Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif called him “Secretary to Hate. "
Mr. Pompeo was one of Mr. Trump's advisers pushing for military strikes against Iran, which the president opposed in June 2019, but allowed in January 2020 to assassinate a top Iranian general who was in Iraq. Still, Mr Pompeo turned in November, among a group of senior officials – including Vice President Mike Pence; Christopher C. Miller, Acting Secretary of Defense; and General Mark A. Milley, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff – who opposed the president's request for strike options against Iran with a warning that it could easily escalate into a wider conflict in the final weeks of Mr. Trump.
Mr. Pompeo has described himself as a student of “realism, restraint and respect—An approach advocated by his longtime financial backer, Charles G. Koch, a conservative billionaire whose donor network has made more campaign contributions to Mr. Pompeo than any other congressional candidate in the country in four home elections from 2010 to 2016.