Secretary of State Mike Pompeo declared that President Donald Trump was creating a new world order underpinned by U.S. leadership and democracy, despite suggestions to the contrary from allies and adversaries alike.
Delivering a foreign policy speech to diplomats in Brussels, Pompeo blamed Iran and China for instability in the world, and said the U.S. was committed to peace and prosperity, Reuters reported.
“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,” Pompeo said. “Under President Trump, we are not abandoning international leadership or our friends in the international system,” he added.
Pompeo hit back at China, Russia and Iran, whom he accused of endangering global stability, Radio Free Europe noted. The secretary of state called the three nations “bad actors” that had exploited loopholes within global institutions for their own gain, and vowed the U.S. would continue to call out such behavior.
The U.S. has come into confrontation with Russia over its alleged breach of a 1987 nuclear arms treaty, which banned nuclear and conventional missiles with ranges of 310 miles to 3,417 miles. Trump has threatened to withdraw from the treaty and deploy U.S. missiles in Europe in response.
Belligerence toward Iran had been one of the key characteristics of the Trump administration. The president withdrew the U.S. from the 2015 nuclear deal with Tehran that lifted crippling economic sanctions in exchange for a freeze on Iran’s atomic weapons program. China, Russia and the European Union all criticized the decision.
The Trump White House claimed Iran was an increasingly malign presence in the Middle East, having cultivated significant influence through wars in Syria, Iraq and Yemen. Alongside allies Israel and Saudi Arabia, Trump has sought to limit Tehran's military, diplomatic and economic clout since entering the Oval Office.