President Trump terminated a watchdog last week. The media is saying it was because the IG was investigating the Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. President Trump said he would rather see Pompeo use the help of the staff and stay working on important business. Some people seem to have forgotten what the word “staff” means.
President Trump is calling the accusations against Pompeo “stupid,” in which it is. The whole idea of having a staff is to do little things which take away from the priorities in which the official is meant to handle.
Democrats are sore losers when it comes to who the President can and can’t fire. He is in charge of his own administration, and he can fire whoever is not doing right by him. Friday, President Trump terminated Steve Linick, the IG, and replaced him with one of Vice President Mike Pence’s allies.
While Trump was taking questions, one reporter asked him about Pompeo’s recommendation on terminating one State Department inspector general. This IG was wasting time looking into “Pompeo’s misuse of government resources.”
Trump responded, “And now I have you telling me about dog walking, washing dishes and, you know what, I’d rather have him on the phone with some world leader than have him wash dishes because maybe his wife isn’t there or his kids aren’t there, you know.”
Nobody cares about a quick and simple task or a favor per se to have a staff member do something personal for them if they cannot get to it at the moment. One senior official of the State Department spoke on how Linick was carrying on an investigation into Pompeo using his staff to carry out personal errands. He stated, “If Secretary Pompeo is involved in firing his IG who is heading up that investigation, then that is definitely retaliatory.”
Let’s look at this a little closer. Everyone is entitled to take a break, right? In the amount of time it takes to have a break, the staff member can walk a dog or do some dishes. There is no harm in this, and companies do this all the time. Democrats most likely do it themselves with their staff members.
The first one to point the fingers is the Democrats. Top congressional Democrats slammed Pompeo, and they started their own investigation into Pompeo’s request to have the IG removed. They claimed Pompeo was shielding himself from an investigation on him. We call it, handling upon business and eliminating roadblocks to get the job done.
Trump was in shock and said he was not told of an ongoing investigation into the Secretary of State. He said, “I didn’t know anything about the investigations. You mean he’s under investigation because he had somebody walk his dog from the government? I don’t know, doesn’t sound, I don’t think it sounds like that important.”
This almost sounds like it’s a joke, but it’s not funny. It is “stupid” that Democrats stoop this low to waste more time investigating what isn’t there or doesn’t matter to anyone.
If Democrats really cared about what needs to be investigated, they need to investigate Obama, Biden, the Clintons, Schiff, Nadler, Pelosi, Schumer, Soros, Bill Gates, and Anthony Fauci. The list goes on, but we know they will never investigate their own party members.
President Trump continued to get his point across while rightfully defending Pompeo. He added, “Maybe Pompeo was busy, and maybe he’s negotiating with Kim Jong Un, OK, about nuclear weapons. So that he’d say, ‘Please, could you walk my dog? Do you mind walking my dog? I’m talking to Kim Jong Un.’ Or, ‘I’m talking to President Xi about paying us for some of the damage they’ve caused to the world and to us, please walk my dog.’ To who, a Secret Service person or somebody, right?”
Democrats retaliated, Sen. Bob Menendez, the top Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and Rep. Eliot Engel, chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, wrote a joint letter tattle tailing on Pompeo.
Pompeo explained, he was unaware he was being investigated. He stated, “I went to the President and made clear to him that Inspector General Linick wasn’t performing a function in a way that we had tried to get him to, that was additive for the State Department, very consistent with what the statute says he’s supposed to be doing. The kinds of activities he’s supposed to undertake to make us better, to improve us.”