(National Sentinel)Â Get Onboard:Â Secretary of State Mike Pompeo toldÂ Fox News‘ Chris Wallace during an interview Sunday that anyone who doesn’t support POTUS Donald Trump’s mission should get out of government.
Wallace and Pompeo, a former CIA director with a Harvard law degree who graduated first in his class at West Point, were discussing aÂ New York Times article from last week claiming that Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein schemed to secretly record POTUS Trump and encourage Cabinet members to invoke the 25th Amendment to remove him from office.
“Iâ€™m not going to comment on that in any way, other than to say this: Iâ€™ve been pretty clear since my beginning of service here in this administration, if you canâ€™t be on the team, if youâ€™re not supporting this mission, then maybe you ought to find something else to do,â€ he said.
â€œIâ€™ve told that to my senior colleagues, Iâ€™ve told it to junior folks at the CIA, and the State Department; we need everyone whoâ€™s engaged in helping achieve President Trumpâ€™s mission,â€ Pompeo added. â€œAnd I hope that everyone in every agency: DOJ, FBI, State Department is on that mission.â€
When Wallace asked if wiring the president and talking about the 25th Amendment was â€œnot being on the team,â€ Pompeo replied, â€œNot remotely.â€
There are those who believe the story was planted by the Deep State — and happily parroted by the anti-Trump Times — to provoke POTUS and get him to fire Rosenstein just weeks before the midterms, sowing chaos in his administration again and stripping support from Republicans.
Others have toldÂ Fox News they remember the comments but don’t believe they were made with any seriousness.
â€œI remember this meeting and remember the wire comment,â€ a source who was in the room told Fox News. â€œThe statement was sarcastic and was never discussed with any intention of recording a conversation with the president.â€
For his part, Rosenstein has denied the Times’ allegations.
â€œThe New York Timesâ€™s story is inaccurate and factually incorrect,â€ he said in a statement to Fox News on Friday.
â€œI will not further comment on a story based on anonymous sources who are obviously biased against the department and are advancing their own personal agenda. But let me clear about this: Based on my personal dealings with the president, there is no basis to invoke the 25th Amendment.â€
In a separateÂ statement, he said emphatically, â€œI never pursued or authorized recording the president, and any suggestion that I have ever advocated for the removal of the president is absolutely false.”
And with that, the Deep State and the NY Times pretty much accomplished their mission: To sow doubt and further confusion within an administration theyÂ loathe.
As for Pompeo, he — like Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C. — has become one of POTUS Trump’s most ardent backers. It’s good that he’s got players like that on his team, given the Deep State opposition he’s up against.
An earlier version of this story identified the interviewer as Chris Matthews; it was Chris Wallace. We regret the error.