Latest Mike Pompeo News

The Latest: US commander: IS fighters could 're-emerge'

Mar. 23, 2019 4:31 PM EDT

BAGHOUZ, Syria (AP) — The Latest on the battle against the Islamic State group in Syria (all times local): 10:25 p.m. The U.S.-led coalition in Syria and Iraq says the victory of the Syrian Democratic Forces over the Islamic State's self-declared caliphate does not mean that violent extremism is over. The...

Pompeo tours Lebanese historical sites in ancient city

Mar. 23, 2019 3:58 PM EDT

BYBLOS, Lebanon (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and his wife Susan spent much of the second and last day of their visit to Lebanon touring historical churches and a centuries-old citadel in this coastal city Saturday. The tour in Byblos and a nearby village came a day after Pompeo blasted the...

Trump, Israeli leader have mutually beneficial relationship

Mar. 23, 2019 10:31 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was glowing as he stepped up to a podium in the backyard of his Jerusalem home to welcome U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to a holiday dinner. Less than an hour earlier, President Donald Trump had surprised the world by announcing that the U.S....

Trump administration announces new Venezuela sanctions

Mar. 22, 2019 6:20 PM EDT

PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — The Trump administration stepped up sanctions on Venezuela Friday in response to the kidnapping of a top aide for an leader the U.S wants to see replace the embattled — but not yet ousted — President Nicolas Maduro. The Treasury Department announcement came while the...

Trump's Golan statement draws strong regional condemnation

Mar. 22, 2019 5:30 PM EDT

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — From Syria to Turkey and beyond, President Donald Trump's abrupt declaration that Washington will recognize Israel's sovereignty over the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights drew strong condemnation on Friday. The Syrian government called it "irresponsible" and a threat to international...

Islamic State driven from last Syria territory, Trump says

Mar. 22, 2019 4:49 PM EDT

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Islamic State militants no longer control any territory in Syria, President Donald Trump proudly announced Friday, though the U.S. was still launching airstrikes and sporadic fighting continued on the ground against the group's holdouts. "It's about time," Trump exclaimed on an...

Pompeo at odds with Lebanese officials over Hezbollah

Mar. 22, 2019 1:48 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Friday called on the Lebanese people to stand up to Hezbollah's "criminality, terror and threats," and claimed U.S. sanctions on Iran and its Lebanese Shiite ally were working and that more pressure on them was forthcoming. His comments in Beirut were in...

Lebanese politician Joumblatt mourns canine 'comrade'

Mar. 22, 2019 1:43 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — One of Lebanon's leading politicians, Walid Joumblatt, is mourning the death of his long time dog, Oscar. Joumblatt on Friday announced the death of Oscar, seen by his side more often than not, in a tweet: "Good bye best friend, good bye most valuable comrade. Good bye my beloved Oscar."...

Pompeo says Trump is like biblical queen who saved Jews

Mar. 22, 2019 12:06 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told a Christian broadcast network that it's "possible" that President Donald Trump is like Queen Esther, who saved Jews in the Old Testament. Pompeo made the statement Thursday in an interview with the Christian Broadcasting Network on his trip to the...

US hits Iran with new sanctions while Pompeo visits Lebanon

Mar. 22, 2019 10:43 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration hit Iran with new sanctions on Friday while Secretary of State Mike Pompeo was denouncing Iran's growing influence on a visit to Lebanon. The Treasury Department said the sanctions target 31 Iranian scientists, technicians and companies affiliated with Iran's...