The U.S. reportedly paying millions of dollars each month to protect former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and an aide from Iran.
The Daily Wire reports:
The State Department revealed in a report to Congress dated February 14 that the U.S. government is paying more than $2 million a month to provide security to Pompeo and former Iran envoy Brian Hook, according to the Associated Press. Both men were heavily involved in former President Donald Trump’s hardline pressure campaign against the Iranian regime.
News of the persistent threat to the men comes as President Joe Biden’s administration seeks to re-enter an agreement with Iran to drop U.S. sanctions and provide leeway for it to continue its nuclear program. Biden is attempting to resuscitate the Obama-era deal, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action or Iran nuclear deal, after Trump pulled the U.S. out in 2018.
Pompeo received 180 days of security after leaving office under federal protocols, and that security detail has been renewed in 60-day increments since by Secretary of State Antony Blinken. Blinken also signed off on a special security detail for Hook.
Blinken has continually reupped the security details of Pompeo and Hook because of “a serious and credible threat from a foreign power or agent of a foreign power arising from duties performed by former Secretary Pompeo while employed by the department,” the report said, according to the Associated Press.
However, negotiations have recently stalled due to the ongoing conflict between Russia and Ukraine. Russia was seen as a key partner in reviving the Iran nuclear deal.