state Secretary Mike PompeoMike Pompeo Top UN official to call on US to repeal definition of terrorism for Husseins, warning of mass famine Chinese dissidents who deny Trump’s defeat, reinforce Chinese propaganda The Hill’s Morning Report MORE ▼ pushes foreign policy decisions at the last minute before the president-elect Joe Bidentaking office as part of efforts to establish his and the Trump administration’s legacy in their last turbulent and violent days in office.
The moves are likely aimed at thwarting Biden’s efforts to reverse Trump-era policies by creating a list of complex policies, large and small, that will take time, effort and organization to unravel.
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He raised US relations with Taiwan in an insult to China, identified Iran-backed Hussites in Yemen as a terrorist organization, and returned Cuba to the list of state sponsors of terrorism.
Ryan Haas, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, called Saturday’s announcement for Taiwan “making decisions equivalent to ‘hits and wins.’
“Pompeo” announced a policy change on one of the most sensitive issues in America’s foreign policy in his last days in power, and with full knowledge he will not be around to fight the consequences, “Haas said.
Ash Jane, a senior member of the Atlantic Council who has served as a state department in the Republican and Democratic administrations, said Pompeo’s eleven-hour actions “reflect a desire to box into the new administration.”
Abolishing the definition of the Hutus as a terrorist organization is an area in which Biden is likely to have bipartisan support.
Neither Democrats nor Republicans sympathize with the Houthi separatists, who see them as responsible for the brutal atrocities in Yemen’s six-year civil war and dangerous allies with Iran, but Pompeo’s recent actions against them have united opposition lawmakers, saying such a determination would prevent of critical humanitarian aid for Hutu-controlled areas.
Experts say Pompeo’s actions against the Hutus are part of his pressure to consolidate his legacy on Iran.
The secretary is the main executor of the administration’s “maximum pressure” campaign against Tehran, a policy aimed at financially and diplomatically isolating the Islamic Republic in an attempt to thwart its nuclear ambitions and remove threats from its proxy forces in the Middle East.
“The administration is seeking to step up its campaign against Iran before the Biden administration, especially given fears that Biden may try to return to a deal with Iran,” said Varsha Koduwaur, a research analyst with the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies, Hawk. think tank in washington.
Biden has vowed to return the United States to the 2015 Obama-era nuclear deal if Iran returns to compliance. The agreement aims to reduce uranium enrichment in Iran to levels that would significantly slow down the time needed to acquire nuclear potential.
The Trump administration, backed by Republican support, withdrew from the nuclear deal in 2018, and Pompeo remains strong in his arguments against any rapprochement with Iran.
“Let’s not lie to the American people about Iranian moderation and pretend that pacification will work,” Pompeo said in a speech Tuesday at the National Press Club.
He later announced new sanctions against members of the al-Qaeda-based terrorist organization Iran, adding to what he said. nearly 1,500 sanctions collected by the Trump administration against individuals and entities that contribute to the Iranian government’s revenue.
Pompeo announced further sanctions on Wednesday, targeting two charities controlled by Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, accusing charities of corruption and enriching the religious and political leader.
Tehran is likely to benefit from immediate easing of sanctions if the United States rejoins the 2015 nuclear deal, although it will not remove all imposed by Trump.
Kaylee Thomas, a fellow at the Center for a New American Security, said that while the Trump administration’s political decisions are not impossible for Biden to reverse, they will still consume time and energy.
“It will take time, effort and potentially even political capital to determine which policies need to be repealed and to actually repeal those identified as obstacles to the Biden administration’s program,” she said.
“And in the context of the entire Biden administration, you will have to turn outside the Middle East portfolio starting from day one – including the ongoing pandemic and Capitol Hill uprising last week – it is important to remember that time, effort and political capital are limited. resources. “
It is not clear how these resources will be directed towards action against Cuba. Defining Pompeo at the country’s last minute as a state sponsor of terrorism is seen as a direct barrier and an obstacle to Biden’s promise to return to the Obama-era diplomatic engagement with Havana.
“Secretary Pompeo has rightly defended Donald Trump’s worst foreign policy failures, and on leaving the door he seems intent on making things as difficult as possible for his successor,” Sen said. Patrick LeahyPatrick Joseph Leahy, a senior Democrat, says Hawley, Cruz must step down from the Congress of the Judiciary, reveals .3 trillion in government spending and a virus relief package Bottom line MORE (D-Vt.), Defender of Engagement with Cuba and Senior Democrat on the Senate Committee on Appropriations.
Lawrence Ward, a partner at Dorsey & Whitney, an international law firm that works with international business to prevent violations of federal sanctions against foreign governments, said reversing the definition of Cuba would require time and energy, which will be crucial for bigger problems such as fighting COVID-19 and facing more threatening foreign opponents.
“Removing the designation will require certification before Congress. And because the Biden administration will focus on maximizing bilateral support on a number of important domestic issues, it’s hard to imagine that the administration will prioritize such certification over ongoing tensions with China, Iran and Russia. ” said.
Jane from the Atlantic Council expressed more optimism about the Biden administration’s ability to quickly reverse or reduce some of Pompeo’s last-minute moves.
“Most of these policies can be reversed quite easily, and Biden’s team is sure to look closely at each of these eleven-hour actions. In others, it may need to move through different review processes,” he said.
Pompeo, who is considered a potential presidential candidate in 2024, has used his official government Twitter account since January 1 to expose what he considers his own and the Trump administration’s greatest successes.
On Wednesday, he said goodbye before Biden took office, saying followers must migrate on his personal page.
“One week from today I will retire as Secretary of State and this account will be archived. Don’t forget to follow me @mikepompeo. Go do it now. “