Pompeo defends US foreign policy, slams China, Russia and Iran

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo mounts a staunch defense of US foreign policy, arguing that Washington is building a world order to fight cynical abuses by Russia, China and Iran.

On a visit to Brussels, the former CIA chief takes aim at European critics who accuse the US of undermining global institutions, insisting that President Donald Trump is restoring America’s traditional leadership role.

He urges US allies to join Trump’s efforts and to assess honestly whether bodies like the World Trade Organization, the International Criminal Court and the International Monetary Fund are serving their citizens.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks during an event at the Concert Noble in Brussels on December 4, 2018. (Photo by Francisco Seco / POOL / AFP)

“Bad actors have exploited our lack of leadership for their own gain,” Pompeo tells a gathering of diplomats in the European capital, ahead of talks at NATO.

“This is the poisoned fruit of American retreat. President Trump is determined to reverse that.”