0230 GMT February 20, 2019
“In the finest traditions of our great democracy, we are rallying the noble nations to build a new liberal order that prevents war and achieves greater prosperity,” Mike Pompeo said in a foreign policy speech, nypost.com reported.
“Under President Trump, we are not abandoning international leadership or our friends in the international system,” he said.
Pompeo criticized Iran and China in his speech, rejecting suggestions that Washington was acting unilaterally.
“Even our European friends sometimes say we’re not acting in the free world’s interest. This is just plain wrong.”
Pompeo said the United States was pushing the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund to reduce funding to countries such as China, saying they already had access to financial markets to raise capital.
Pompeo was in Brussels for talks among foreign ministers at NATO, where Trump has accused European members of failing to spend enough on their own defense and relying too much on Washington.
NATO is also pressing Trump not to go through with his decision to quit the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces treaty with Moscow, signed in 1987, but instead to work to bring Russia into compliance with the arms control pact.
Trump is right, Europe is wrong, the US secretary of state declared in the speech.
Pompeo said Trump was putting America’s interests ahead of the international order but insisted that Washington was acting to the benefit of the entire world.
Pompeo said organizations such as the United Nations, the European Union, the African Union, the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank are no longer doing the jobs they were created to do and are in dire need of change, AP reported.
The Trump administration has been accused by friends and foes alike of attacking the international order with its unilateral approach to many issues. It has withdrawn from the Paris climate accord, the Iran nuclear deal, the UN’s top human rights and educational agencies and the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal with Pacific Rim nations.
This is while on Tuesday, Pompeo took aim at China, Iran, Russia and others for what he called violating numerous treaties and multistate agreements, and he questioned whether many pillars of international trade and diplomacy are still relevant.
But Pompeo rejected that criticism and said the US under President Donald Trump would restore its leadership by calling out countries that have exploited loopholes and weaknesses in these institutions as well as the unwillingness of the West to take action for their own gain. And, he argued that Trump is forging change necessary to preserve the liberal order.