Bret Baier interviews Secretary of State Mike Pompeo over intelligence reports of Russian bounties on U.S. troops.

By Michael Gordon
07/05/2020 • 01:49 AM EST

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: whataboutismsee definition - discrediting a criticism by accusing hypocrisy, in order to shift the focus away from oneself and onto others.
: Pompeo shifts the focus from questions of how the current administration will deal with the China to disparaging how previous administrations have dealt with China.
: whataboutismsee definition - discrediting a criticism by accusing hypocrisy, in order to shift the focus away from oneself and onto others.
: Pompeo now shifts attention from whether the Trump administration was tough enough on China to how previous administrations weren't tough enough on China.
: glittering generalitiessee definition - vague words or phrases used to evoke positive emotional appeal, without presenting supporting information or reason.
: Pompeo mentions "really good work" protecting human rights and putting pressure on Beijing, while offering no specifics.
: whataboutismsee definition - discrediting a criticism by accusing hypocrisy, in order to shift the focus away from oneself and onto others.
: Pompeo shifts the focus from Russia using the Taliban against the U.S. troops in Afghanistan to others using the Taliban against the U.S. troops in Afghanistan.
: straw mansee definition - misrepresenting an opponent's position or argument to make it easier to attack, usually by exaggerating, distorting, or just completely fabricating it.
: Pompeo now distorts the event in question from the Russians providing bounties to the Taliban, to the Russians providing weapons to the Taliban.
: whataboutismsee definition - discrediting a criticism by accusing hypocrisy, in order to shift the focus away from oneself and onto others.
: Pompeo now shifts the focus from Trump not being notified about U.S. troops being targeted to Trump not being notified about "people all across the world" being targeted.
: muddy the waterssee definition - bringing up irrelevant facts to confuse or complicate an issue, which may otherwise be relatively simple and easy to understand.
: Pompeo claims that revealing if he knew the intelligence about Russian bounties on U.S. troops would somehow make figuring out some part of it more difficult.
: whataboutismsee definition - discrediting a criticism by accusing hypocrisy, in order to shift the focus away from oneself and onto others.
: Pompeo now shifts the focus from Trump not holding Putin accountable to Obama/Biden not holding Putin accountable.
: attacking the leaksee definition - portraying a leaker or reporting of a leak as a threat to national security, when the leak or reporting of the leak is in the interest of national security.
: Pompeo suggests that the reporting of U.S. troops having bounties on their heads is a threat to those troops and national security.
: glittering generalitiessee definition - vague words or phrases used to evoke positive emotional appeal, without presenting supporting information or reason.
: About being "closer than we were" with the Taliban, and Pakistan doing "the things that need to be done" to oppose Al Qaeda, while offering no specifics about what they've done or what they'll do.
: whataboutismsee definition - discrediting a criticism by accusing hypocrisy, in order to shift the focus away from oneself and onto others.
: Pompeo shifts the attention from the embarrassment of Europeans blocking U.S. travelers to the U.S. blocking European travelers.

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