EXCLUSIVE: Pompeo Dismisses 'Absurd' Allegations That Russia 'Has Something' on Trump
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on "Fox News @ Night" that allegations that Russia "has something" on President Trump are "absurd.
The president drew outrage from both sides of the aisle Monday for questioning the U.S. intelligence community's assessments that Russia was responsible for hacking the DNC's emails in 2016 as part of a broader effort to interfere in the election.
Trump later clarified the remarks, telling CBS News on Wednesday that he holds Putin personally responsible for the meddling.
Pompeo said critics should instead focus on Trump's "relentless" efforts against Russian aggression since he took office.
"These last few days have been, frankly, more heat than light. This administration has been strong in supporting the Ukrainians, strong in making sure that we’re protected against Russian expansion in other parts of the world. We all recognize that that threat is real and President Trump has been strong in protecting America from Russian aggression," he told Shannon Bream.
Pompeo is scheduled to testify next Wednesday before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee over Trump's summit with the Russian president.
Speaking on Wednesday, Pompeo said a denuclearization deal with North Korea "may take some time," emphasizing that sanctions will remain in place. He dismissed the notion that the North Koreans have shown no true willingness to follow through after the Singapore summit.
"No one’s been closer to that than I have, so everyone else is simply speculating about what’s taken place today. I’ve been there, the North Koreans have consistently reaffirmed their commitment -- the commitment that Chairman Kim made to President Trump," he told Bream.
Pompeo said there has never been an "illusion" in the administration that a deal would be reached quickly.
Watch the exclusive interview above.