Michael R. Pompeo, Secretary of State
QUESTION: Secretary Mike Pompeo, thank you for joining us, Secretary of State. Boy, you are a busy man lately. Every few days or so I see President Trump is having lunch with Secretary Pompeo.
I think this week the big news – aside from the Ukraine stuff, I’d like to start with Syria and the decision to pull out of Syria. It created a lot of waves, I guess, on both sides of the aisle. I saw a couple Republicans even having a bit of a problem with it.
Can you tell us what went into the decision to pull out of Syria?
SECRETARY POMPEO: Sure. And first of all, thanks for having me on. It’s great to be with you again, Eric.
The President has been incredibly focused since he came into office on getting the Middle East right. He campaigned on ending these endless wars. And in Syria, we’ve had a team there that was designed to take down the caliphate, right?