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Mike Pompeo visits Des Moines to talk Russian foreign affairs

China and America’s political left are the greatest threats to the nation, said former U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo Wednesday in Iowa — reigniting speculation he plans a 2024 bid. 

The Chinese “want to tell the story about an American decline, and that’s not true. We can’t let it be true,” Pompeo said before taking the stage at an event sponsored by the Bastion Institute, a new political organization that aims to promote ‘strengthening America’s leadership and standing on the international stage.’ 

Iowa deserves leaders who will fight for conservative values, Pompeo suggested. 

“That hard work should be rewarded, that we are a Judeo-Christian nation, that our schools shouldn’t teach that we are racist, that we should prosecute criminals.”

“It’s crazy what’s going on in California,” Pompeo said. 

Pompeo was joined by U.S. Sen. Joni Ernst and Terry Brandstad, the former Chinese ambassador and Iowa governor. The three discussed the escalation between Russia and Ukraine, the withdrawal of American troops from Afghanistan, NATO, and foreign policy regarding China and Iran. 

They all relayed a unified message: “America first.”

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