Former US Secretary of State Mike PompeoHis new memoir, published Tuesday, has caught fire over a section about his Trump administration colleagues Nikki Haley and murdered journalist Jamal Khashoggi — There was backlash from Haley and Khashoggi’s widow.
In “Never Give an Inch: Fighting for the America I Love,” Pompeo criticizes Washington Post columnist Khashoggi’s murder in 2018 and former U.N. claims to have become Trump.
“I wanted to tell the story from my perspective about the four years of the Trump administration and our efforts to put the American people at the forefront of American foreign policy,” Pompeo said. Tuesday’s interview with CBS News.
In his book, Pompeo wrote that Khashoggi “felt at home” with the Muslim Brotherhood, an Islamist political movement, and Khashoggi mourned the death of Osama bin Laden.
“He didn’t deserve to die, but it needs to be made clear who he is. Too much of the media didn’t,” Pompeo said. It’s a lot more complicated than it used to be,” he said.
In a statement released on Tuesday, Washington Post publisher and CEO Fred Ryan denounced Pompeo’s characterization of Khashoggi.
“It is shocking and disappointing to see Mike Pompeo’s book so grossly misrepresent the life and work of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi,” Ryan said.
“As the CIA, which Pompeo once commanded, concluded, Jamal was brutally murdered on the orders of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman,” he said.
The Saudi crown prince denied having any personal knowledge of Khashoggi’s death, but US intelligence concluded that he would have authorized an operation to capture or kill Khashoggi.
Pompeo writes in his book that it was “a Saudi regime operative who literally cut into pieces” [Khashoggi] He called it a “grotesque butcher shop”.
Pompeo responded to Ryan’s criticism on Twitter, write in“Americans are safer because we don’t see Saudi Arabia as a pariah state. I never let the media bully me. [because] someone is a part time stringer [the Post] Nothing makes their lives more important than the military that protects us all in dangerous places. I never forgot it. “
Khashoggi’s widow, Hanan Elatr Khashoggi, told ABC News that it was “not true” that her late husband was a member of the Muslim Brotherhood.
“It is shameful to try to justify the horrific crime against my husband,” she said in a statement.
Pompeo, the former CIA director and Kansas congressman and Trump’s last secretary of state, told CBS News on Tuesday that he is considering running for president in 2024. However, he said he had not yet decided whether to throw his hat in the ring.Trump’s own decision to run will not affect his own decision.
Also in a Tuesday interview with CBS, Pompeo addressed another controversy regarding his book. He wrote how it was said that at some point during Trump’s presidency, Haley apparently tried to oust Pence to become Vice President.
Hailey denied it fox news interview Last week, he said, “It’s really sad that I have to go out and tell lies and gossip in order to sell my books.”
However, Pompeo said on CBS that he was told “it was true” by both Trump’s then-chief of staff John Kerry and White House senior adviser Kellyanne Conway. Haley, who left the administration earlier, suggested that she was less enthusiastic about public affairs.
Hailey may also run for president in 2024, but has not said if she will.
Hannah Demisie and Ben Gittleson of ABC News contributed to this report.