Pom­peo’s pos­si­ble Se­nate bid

The Korea Times - - OPINION -

If Sec­re­tary of State Mike Pom­peo is run­ning to re­place re­tir­ing U.S. Sen. Pat Roberts, Repub­li­can of Kansas, then he should quit his rather im­por­tant day job and do that.

Or if, as he told The Star and The Wi­chita Ea­gle in a testy, credulity-strain­ing in­ter­view, Oct. 24, he isn’t even think­ing about it, then he should by all means fo­cus on U.S. diplo­macy and stop hang­ing out here every chance he gets.

If it’s the first, Mr. Sec­re­tary, then you are also go­ing to have to drop the put-upon pos­ture and an­swer the many valid ques­tions that a Se­nate run would re­quire with less at­ti­tude and more truth­ful­ness.

In case you’ve for­got­ten what a straight­for­ward state­ment sounds like, here’s one: It’s an un­nec­es­sary im­po­si­tion to ask any­one to be­lieve you were in Wi­chita be­cause Ivanka Trump “told me, gosh, prob­a­bly four or five months ago that she was com­ing out here for an event at Wi­chita State.”

“Some re­ally re­mark­able work that was be­ing done at Wi­chita State to train the 21st-cen­tury work­force along with pri­vate sec­tor com­pa­nies, the big­gest Spirit and Tex­tron, some of the smaller com­pa­nies too. And I re­minded her that’s my home­town, I’d love to come out and be part of that. Be­cause that work­force de­vel­op­ment mat­ters to my mis­sion too.” (AP)

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