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Pompeo: Defending Religious Freedom Is Central to Administration

FORT WASHINGTON, Md.—Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said one of the top priorities both he and the president have set on foreign policy is advancing American values, which includes defending the nations first freedom—religious liberty—around the globe.

Pompeo was speaking on the third day of the annual Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) on Feb. 28 after being introduced by his wife, Susan Pompeo, at the packed Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center.

“Some people look at the killings of Christians in the Middle East, or the imprisonment of Uighur Muslims, ethnic Kazakhs, other believers in China, and say, Look, thats not our problem,'” Pompeo said at the conference. “But I say, and President [Donald] Trump says, Oh yes it is.”

Nations that follow and respect the freedom of belief are freer, more prosperous, secure, and stable, according to the secretary of state.

“If we dont defend religious freedom, no one else will,” he continued. “Its why President Trump has made this incredibly central to what it is we are trying to achieve.”

At an earlier panel on Feb. 27, U.S. Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom Sam Brownback said the highest levels of government, including Trump, Vice President Mike Pence, and Pompeo, have sought to push religious freedom to the forefront, adding that they see it as as a fundamental human right.

Much of Pompeos speech was dedicated to explaining how he and the State Department operate and why they adhere to the values they do in running this administration. “You could see President Trumps mission set. You can see his heart in our foreign policy.”

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Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks to and takes photos with audience members at the CPAC convention in National Harbor, Md., on Feb. 28, 2020. (Samira Bouaou/The Epoch Times)

CPAC, the largest conservative gathering in the country, is running for four days from Feb. 26 to Feb. 29. Trump is also scheduled to speak at the conference on its last day.

“We are countering the face of oppression around the world,” Pompeo said. “This was a value that we all know from the enormous successes we had under President [RonRead More – Source