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Michael R. Pompeo

Distinguished Fellow

Michael R. Pompeo is a distinguished fellow at Hudson Institute. At Hudson, his work focuses on promoting U.S. national security, technological leadership, and global engagement.

Mr. Pompeo served as the 70th United States Secretary of State from April 2018 through January 2021. He previously served from January 2017 to April 2018 as Director of the Central Intelligence Agency.

As our nation’s most senior diplomat, Mr. Pompeo helped craft U.S. foreign policy based on our nation’s founding ideals, putting America first. America became a massive energy exporter and a force for good in the Middle East, cementing real peace through the work of the Abraham Accords. Mr. Pompeo placed particular emphasis on renewing alliances with key allies, including India, Japan, Australia, and South Korea.

Mr. Pompeo’s time at the State Department marked the end of naïve engagement with the Chinese Communist Party, pulling back the curtain shielding the egregious acts of the CCP that threaten American jobs and freedoms. He focused efforts on calling out and punishing perpetrators of attacks on basic human dignity in places like Venezuela, North Korea, Iran, Nigeria, China, and elsewhere. Mr. Pompeo also led a team that executed America’s largest-ever global repatriation effort in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Prior to joining the Trump administration, Mr. Pompeo was serving in his fourth term as congressman from Kansas’ 4th District. He served on the House Intelligence Committee, Energy and Commerce Committee, and the House Select Benghazi Committee.

Before serving in Congress, Mr. Pompeo spent a decade leading two manufacturing businesses in Wichita, Kansas. Mr. Pompeo founded Thayer Aerospace, a global supplier to the world’s leading commercial and military aircraft builders, serving as CEO. He later became president of Sentry International, an oilfield equipment manufacturing, distribution, and service company.

After graduating first in his class at the United States Military Academy at West Point in 1986, Mr. Pompeo served as a cavalry officer patrolling the Iron Curtain before the fall of the Berlin Wall. He also served with the 2nd Squadron, 7th Cavalry in the U.S. Army’s Fourth Infantry Division.

Once completing his active duty, Mr. Pompeo graduated from Harvard Law School, where he was an editor of the Harvard Law Review. Mr. Pompeo worked as an attorney at Williams & Connolly immediately following Harvard.

Mr. Pompeo now serves as a distinguished fellow at the Hudson Institute. In 2021, he founded Champion American Values PAC, supporting political candidates across the country who will champion the U.S. and its founding principles first.

Mr. Pompeo is originally from Orange, California. He is married to Susan Pompeo and has one son, Nick.

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Mike Pompeo appears on Fox News to discuss the Inflation Reduction Act and the one-year anniversary of the United States' Afghanistan withdrawal

Mike Pompeo appears on Fox News to discuss the Inflation Reduction Act and the one-year anniversary of the United States' Afghanistan withdrawal

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Mike Pompeo appears on the Laura Ingraham show to discuss the message Nancy Pelosi would send by acquiescing to Chinese pressure to cancel her Taiwan

Mike Pompeo appears on the Laura Ingraham show to discuss the message Nancy Pelosi would send by acquiescing to Chinese pressure to cancel her Taiwan

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President Biden’s trip to Saudi Arabia.

President Biden’s trip to Saudi Arabia.

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Mike Pompeo discusses the current situation in Ukraine.

Mike Pompeo discusses the current situation in Ukraine.

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Michael Pompeo comments on President Biden's recent increased sanctions on Russia.

Michael Pompeo comments on President Biden's recent increased sanctions on Russia.

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Mike Pompeo discusses the Biden administration's approach to Russia's incursion into Ukraine.

Mike Pompeo discusses the Biden administration's approach to Russia's incursion into Ukraine.

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Mike Pompeo discusses the need for athletes to boycott the Beijing Olympics.

Mike Pompeo discusses the need for athletes to boycott the Beijing Olympics.

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Mike Pompeo calls for American athletes to boycott the Beijing Olympics.

Mike Pompeo calls for American athletes to boycott the Beijing Olympics.

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This Sky News Australia special investigation into the origins of COVID-19 reveals what really happened in Wuhan in the early days of the pandemic.

This Sky News Australia special investigation into the origins of COVID-19 reveals what really happened in Wuhan in the early days of the pandemic.

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Mike Pompeo discusses foreign policy around the world.

Mike Pompeo discusses foreign policy around the world.

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Mike Pompeo discusses the crises facing the Biden administration.

Mike Pompeo discusses the crises facing the Biden administration.

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Mike Pompeo gives his take on Milley after allegations surface that he collaborated with China.

Mike Pompeo gives his take on Milley after allegations surface that he collaborated with China.

Mike Pompeo discusses the Biden administration’s massive foreign policy failures.

Mike Pompeo discusses the Biden administration’s massive foreign policy failures.

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Mike Pompeo discusses President Biden’s knowledge of the Taliban threat prior to withdrawal.

Mike Pompeo discusses President Biden’s knowledge of the Taliban threat prior to withdrawal.

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Mike Pompeo reacts to Biden’s address about the current situation in Afghanistan.

Mike Pompeo reacts to Biden’s address about the current situation in Afghanistan.

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Mike Pompeo argues President Biden should be less focused on trying to blame the problem in Afghanistan on the Trump administration and should focus on 'making sure that we protect and defend American security.'

Mike Pompeo argues President Biden should be less focused on trying to blame the problem in Afghanistan on the Trump administration and should focus on 'making sure that we protect and defend American security.'

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Mike Pompeo discusses the Biden administration’s response to Taliban advancement after the U.S. troop withdrawal in Afghanistan.

Mike Pompeo discusses the Biden administration’s response to Taliban advancement after the U.S. troop withdrawal in Afghanistan.

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Mike Pompeo discusses the origins of COVID-19 and the Biden Administration’s foreign relations.

Mike Pompeo discusses the origins of COVID-19 and the Biden Administration’s foreign relations.

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Mike Pompeo discusses COVID origins.

Mike Pompeo discusses COVID origins.

Mike Pompeo discusses the Nord Stream 2 pipeline.

Mike Pompeo discusses the Nord Stream 2 pipeline.

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Mike Pompeo discusses U.S. preparedness to take on China.

Mike Pompeo discusses U.S. preparedness to take on China.

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Mike Pompeo discusses the Afghanistan troop withdrawal.

Mike Pompeo discusses the Afghanistan troop withdrawal.

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Mike Pompeo discusses Sen. John Kennedy’s bill to save Afghanistan allies.

Mike Pompeo discusses Sen. John Kennedy’s bill to save Afghanistan allies.

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Mike Pompeo discusses the recent one-on-one meeting between President Biden and Vladimir Putin.

Mike Pompeo discusses the recent one-on-one meeting between President Biden and Vladimir Putin.

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Mike Pompeo discusses Biden’s weak stance at his recent meeting with Putin.

Mike Pompeo discusses Biden’s weak stance at his recent meeting with Putin.

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Mike Pompeo discusses the Wuhan lab leak theory.

Mike Pompeo discusses the Wuhan lab leak theory.

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Mike Pompeo discusses the origin of the coronavirus pandemic.

Mike Pompeo discusses the origin of the coronavirus pandemic.

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Mike Pompeo discusses ongoing tension in the Middle East.

Mike Pompeo discusses ongoing tension in the Middle East.

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Mike Pompeo and David Asher discuss evidence that coronavirus originated in a Wuhan lab.

Mike Pompeo and David Asher discuss evidence that coronavirus originated in a Wuhan lab.

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Mike Pompeo discusses the investigation into the origin of the coronavirus.

Mike Pompeo discusses the investigation into the origin of the coronavirus.

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Mike Pompeo discusses Biden’s foreign policy and his address to Congress.

Mike Pompeo discusses Biden’s foreign policy and his address to Congress.

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Secretary Pompeo discusses U.S. relations with China, the potential threat to Taiwan, and the Iran nuclear deal.

Secretary Pompeo discusses U.S. relations with China, the potential threat to Taiwan, and the Iran nuclear deal.

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Secretary Pompeo discusses foreign policy under President Biden.

Secretary Pompeo discusses foreign policy under President Biden.

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Secretary Pompeo discusses the Trump administration’s foreign policy record as well as tensions with China Iran.

Secretary Pompeo discusses the Trump administration’s foreign policy record as well as tensions with China Iran.

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