pompeo: we won’t wait for corbyn to ‘do these things’ before ‘beginning to push back’

Pompeo promises Pindostan will try to stop Corbyn from being elected
RT.com, Jun 10 2019

It looks like that much-lauded “special relationship” between the UK and Pindostan is so special that the latter now appears to believe it should be offered a significant say in who leads the former. Pompeo has been caught admitting that Faschingstein will do its “level best” to prevent Jeremy Corbyn from becoming Britain’s prime minister, but what’s a bit of meddling between special friends? In a recording leaked to the WaPo, Pompeo told a gathering of Jewish leaders that a Corbyn premiership is a real possibility and that he could manage to “run the gauntlet and get elected,” something which the Trump administration seems to be dead set against. Pompeo was apparently responding to claims of “anti-Semitism” that have been levelled at the Labour leader. He promised that Pindostan “won’t wait” until Corbyn is elected to “push back,” because things can get a little tricky once an election has already inconveniently taken place. He said:

It’s too risky and too important and too hard once it’s already happened.

Needless to say, the Labour Party didn’t take too kindly to Pompeo’s intervention, calling it an “entirely unacceptable interference in the UK’s democracy.” The Conservative Party has been notably quieter on the intrusion into British politics, which is odd, since Theresa May’s Tories are usually so quick to denounce foreign interference in the domestic affairs of other nations.

Top Pindo boxtops offering advice and opining on Britain’s national politics has become somewhat normal in recent weeks, with even Trump himself admitting he found the left-wing Corbyn to be a “negative force” and announcing his strong preference for former foreign secretary Boris Johnson to take up the mantle after May’s departure. The leaked comments ignited a storm of criticism across social media, with many pointing out the irony of Pindostan intervening in UK politics, despite constantly warning against so-called Russian interference in other parts of the world.

Questions have been raised over whether Pompeo was using the fight against anti-semitism as convenient “cover” to intervene in British affairs “at the behest of Israel,” and why there was no wider and more critical media coverage of Pompeo’s comments, given the clear-cut case of attempted meddling.

Indeed, one can only imagine the firestorm of criticism that would be unleashed on the UK media’s front pages had Pres Putin offered similar assurances to an interested party that he would do his “level best” to decide who Britain’s prime minister would be.

Pompeo tells Jewish leaders he would ‘push back’ against Corbyn
Rowena Mason, Heather Stewart, Groon, Jun 9 2019

Labour has accused Pindo Sec Def Pompeo of trying to stop Jeremy Corbyn becoming prime minister, after he was caught on tape telling Jewish leaders (in NYC, nota bene – RB) that he would “push back” against the party’s leadership. In a recording leaked to the WaPo, Pompeo was asked what he would do if Corbyn were to be elected as prime minister, after sustained criticism over Labour’s handling of accusations of anti-Semitism within the party. The questioner said:

Would you be willing to work with us to take on actions if life becomes very difficult for Jews in the UK?

In response, Pompeo appeared to suggest that he would seek to intervene in the debate before Corbyn had a chance to become prime minister. He said on the recording:

It could be that Mr Corbyn manages to run the gauntlet and get elected. It’s possible. You should know, we won’t wait for him to do those things to begin to push back. We will do our level best. It’s too risky and too important and too hard once it’s already happened.

A Labour spokesman said:

President Trump and his officials’ attempts to decide who will be Britain’s next prime minister are an entirely unacceptable interference in the UK’s democracy. Labour is fully committed to the support, defence and celebration of the Jewish community and is implacably opposed to anti-Semitism in any form.

Pompeo’s comments emerged after Trump turned down Corbyn’s request for a meeting during his state visit to the UK last week, saying the leader was “somewhat of a negative force.” Corbyn joined protests outside Trump’s press conference with Theresa May, where he pledged to oppose Trump’s drive for greater access for Pindo health companies to NHS contracts. The comments come at a time when Corbyn’s team are nervous about the latest attempts to oust him from within the party over the issues of anti-Semitism and Brexit, after several senior figures came out in support of a second referendum. Shadow cabinet sources said the leadership was preparing to take on Tom Watson and his supporters after his vocal campaign to soften Corbyn’s Brexit position, with moves under way to generate momentum in favour of a new deputy leadership election. There is growing talk about the possibility of the party’s rules being changed to create a second deputy leader alongside Watson, but also the possibility of a new deputy leadership contest altogether. Some Corbyn supporters are circulating motions against Watson around local constituency Labour parties and a grassroots petition against the deputy leader has got about 26,000 signatures so far.

One shadow cabinet minister said they believed the leadership wanted to make the shadow cabinet less in favour of a second referendum. As part of this, Corbyn’s team considered swapping Emily Thornberry, the shadow foreign secretary, with Diane Abbott, the home secretary, over her support for a second referendum and wider foreign policy issues. However, it is understood that Thornberry has more recently been assured that she will not be moved and that Abbott was opposed to such a plan anyway, which would make the move difficult to carry out without a public battle. A Labour source said there were no plans at all for a reshuffle and dismissed speculation about moves within the top team as mischief-making. Talk of a reshuffle was sparked when Thornberry was dropped as Corbyn’s usual stand-in for PMQ this week after speaking out about Labour’s strategy for the European elections. On polling day last month, Thornberry said Labour was “not clear on the one single thing that people wanted to hear.” She was replaced at the dispatch box by Rebecca Long-Bailey, a rising star on the left of the party and a staunch Corbyn loyalist.

Pompeo pledges not to wait for Britain’s elections to ‘push back’ against Corbyn and anti-Semitism
John Hudson, WaPo, Jun 8 2019

Pompeo weighed in on British politics during a closed-door meeting with Jewish leaders, saying he would not wait for Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn to become prime minister of Britain to “push back” against him or any future actions he might take against Britain’s Jews. Pompeo also criticized Britain’s Conservative Party leaders, saying the heavy losses they suffered during the European Parliament elections demonstrated “an absolute failure of leadership.” The remarks, which are contained in audio of a private meeting leaked to the WaPo, make Pompeo the second senior Pindo boxtop to comment on Britain’s turbulent leadership succession in the past week. During his meeting with Jewish leaders in New York, Pompeo was asked of Corbyn:

If he is elected, would you be willing to work with us to take on actions if life becomes very difficult for Jews in the UK?

In response, Pompeo said to fervent applause from attendees:

It could be that Mr Corbyn manages to run the gantlet and get elected. It’s possible. You should know, we won’t wait for him to do those things to begin to push back. We will do our level best. It’s too risky and too important and too hard once it’s already happened.

Corbyn has been criticized for being slow to address allegations of anti-Semitism within the Labour Party. In February, nine Labour members of Parliament quit the party, with some citing the leadership’s failure in handling anti-Semitism issues. Last month, Britain’s watchdog Equality and Human Rights Commission said it would be launching a formal probe into whether Labour “unlawfully discriminated against, harassed or victimized people because they are Jewish.” The party said it would fully cooperate with the investigation. Defenders of Corbyn say the charges of anti-Semitism are politically motivated and stem from his long-standing support of Palestinian rights and criticism of Israeli government policies and Western imperialism. In a statement to the WaPo, Labour hit back at what the party views as Pompeo’s improper intervention in Britain’s democratic process. A Labour spokesman said:

President Trump and his officials’ attempts to decide who will be Britain’s next prime minister are an entirely unacceptable interference in the UK’s democracy. Labour is fully committed to the support, defence and celebration of the Jewish community and is implacably opposed to anti-Semitism in any form.

The publication of the remarks by Pompeo, which occurred during an off-the-record meeting, follow the public statements by Trump last week, speaking favorably of prime-ministerial contender Boris Johnson and Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage. Trump told Britain’s Sun newspaper:

I think Boris would do a very good job. I think he would be excellent.

The remarks prompted a strong response from Corbyn, who said Trump’s intervention was “unacceptable.” He said:

The next prime minister should be chosen not by the Pindo president, nor by 100,000 unrepresentative Conservative Party members, but by the British people in a general election.

During his trip to Britain, Trump also met with Nigel Farage, of whom he said:

Nigel’s had a big victory. He picked up 32% of the vote starting from nothing, and I think they’re big powers over there. I think they’ve done a good job.

Pompeo also addressed those elections in his private meeting, saying the Conservative Party’s losses were stunning. Pompeo said:

The Tories finished fifth in Britain. If I had told you that even 90 days ago, you’d have laughed me out of here, and you’d have done so properly. This is an absolute failure of leadership to demonstrate value.

Jeremy Shapiro of the ECFR said the remarks by the president and Pompeo put Britain’s conservatives in a difficult position, given the unpopularity of Trump in Britain. Shapiro said:

This is a trap for Johnson or some other future Tory leader. The combination of Trump’s public support for Johnson and Pompeo’s behind-closed-doors attack on their main opposition leader risks creating the idea in the mind of the public that the Tories are Pindo poodles, which will not serve them well in a future general election.

5 Comments

  1. PB
    Posted June 10, 2019 at 11:07 pm | Permalink

    He really is the archetype of the fat, stupid oaf blundering about wrecking everything he gets near.

  2. niqnaq
    Posted June 11, 2019 at 1:35 pm | Permalink

    He’s terrifying. I think we have only days left before WW3 breaks out, could be Syria or South China Sea.

  3. PB
    Posted June 12, 2019 at 1:18 am | Permalink

    The media blackout on this is absolutely astounding. I’ve always believed that it isn’t what the media talks about that we should fear, its what they don’t talk about..

  4. CuChulainn
    Posted June 13, 2019 at 9:07 am | Permalink

    2 days, RB

  5. niqnaq
    Posted June 14, 2019 at 6:55 pm | Permalink

    The limpet mines seems like the casus belli but so pathetic, alors

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