Pompeo Sidesteps Trump Comments On Deep State In State Department

Julia Nista | General Assignment Reporter

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Wednesday that he doesn’t believe there is a “deep state” within the State Department at a House Foreign Affairs Committee hearing.

WATCH:

California Rep. Ted Lieu extended a Trump tweet on the “Criminal Deep State” to include the State Department, asking Pompeo if he believed there was a “deep state” in his department. (RELATED: James Clapper Says Trump Should Be Glad There Was An FBI Informant In His Campaign)

Pompeo said he had not seen Trump’s comments at the time of his testimony but he commented, “I don’t believe there is a deep state at the State Department.”

As for his former agency, the CIA, Pompeo said, “Nearly uniformly we’re aimed at the president’s objectives and America’s objectives.”

Pompeo added, “There’s always exceptions to the rule, I’ve never ran an organization that didn’t have bad actors.”

Trump tweeted Wednesday:

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