Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s calm and measured response to questions about the DEAL OF THE CENTURY assures me that the U.S./N.K. agreement is indeed the deal of deals.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo blasted a reporter on Wednesday after the journalist asked why the denuclearization of North Korea was not included in an agreement signed between the country’s leader, Kim Jong Un, and President Trump.
“The president said it will be verified,” the reporter said to Pompeo in South Korea, to which Pompeo responded, “Of course it will.”
“Can you tell us a little bit more about what is, what is — what discussed about how,” the reporter continued.
“Just so you know, you could ask me this, I find that question insulting and ridiculous and, frankly, ludicrous,” Pompeo said. “I just have to be honest with you, it’s a game and one ought not to play games with serious matters like this.”
Other functionaries might have deployed some sort of discreet cliche. “I can’t divulge that information at this time;” or “I’m not at liberty to discuss the exact details of the agreement.” Or even that old stand-by “No comment.” But the former head of the Central Intelligence Agency doesn’t have time for any of that discretion stuff . He’s a real man, and when real men take difficult questions from the press they deploy a fusillade of splutterbluster that begs the entire world to assume something is Very Wrong.
I expect the NYT to adopt a No Questions Asked policy for meetings with administration officials.