Pompeo’s dissonant words on Sushma
External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar has expressed strong objection to a comment made by former US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo regarding Sushma Swaraj. Pompeo has said in one of his books that he never considered Sushma Swaraj an ‘important political player’. Jaishankar has called it an insult to former Foreign Minister Swaraj. The former US Secretary of State has made some more explosive claims in his book ‘Never Give An Inch: Fighting for the America I Love’ and said that India and Pakistan came close to nuclear war after the Pulwama attack in 2019.
My original counterpart was not an important player – Pompeo
According to a PTI report, where Pompey has discussed his Indian counterparts in his book, Jaishankar and National Security Advisor Ajit Doval have also been mentioned. At the same place, he has also attacked Swaraj’s personality. Pompeo wrote, ‘My original counterpart on the Indian foreign policy team from India was not a key player. Rather I worked very closely with National Security Advisor Ajit Doval, who is a close and trusted confidante of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Jaishankar is praised fiercely
While describing Sushma Swaraj, Pompeo has described her as ‘idiot’ and ‘heartland political hack’. Whereas, he has written many praiseworthy things about the current Foreign Minister S Jaishankar. Former US Secretary of State writes, ‘My other Indian counterpart was Subramaniam Jaishankar. In May of 2019, we welcomed ‘Jay’ as India’s new External Affairs Minister. I couldn’t have asked for a better counterpart. I like this person. English is one of the seven languages he speaks and to some extent he is better at it than me.’
I condemn the derogatory language for Sushma ji – Foreign Minister
But, what Mike Pompeo has written about Sushma Swaraj, has gone completely to the notice of External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar. He responded, ‘In Secretary Pompeo’s book I have seen a passage referring to Mrs. Sushma Swaraj ji….I have always held her in high esteem and had a very close and warm relationship with her. I condemn the derogatory language used for him.
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Pompeo has been very close to Trump
Former US Secretary of State Pompeo held a very influential role in Donald Trump’s government and was highly trusted by him. From 2017 to 2018, Trump kept him as the CIA director and from 2018 to the beginning of 2021, he was made the US Secretary of State. Pompeo himself is also looking at the possibility of becoming a candidate for the new President of America in 2024. (Photos – File)