Pompeo closes first trip to Africa with comments to steer Ethiopia’s leaders away from China’s influence

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks at the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on Wednesday Feb. 19, 2020. (Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/Pool via AP)

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UPDATED 7:25 AM PT — Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo spoke with business leaders in Africa to discuss China’s influence in the country. On Wednesday, he gave a speech to the UN Economic Commission in Addis Ababa, where he advised against input from China.

Pompeo added fuel to criticism from President Trump about China’s ability to send poor countries further into debt when funding infrastructure projects.

Meanwhile, the Trump administration has continued working to limit China’s authority in Africa. Secretary Pompeo warned leaders that deals with China are often unstable.

“Not every nation doing business in Africa from outside the continent adapts the American model of partnership,” he explained. “Countries should be wary of authoritarian regimes with empty promises; they breed corruption, dependency…they don’t hire the local people, they don’t train, they don’t lead them.”

Pompeo did not officially announce any new projects, but told the group of leaders that the president loves to make deals.

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Pompeo warns governors about doing business with China

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo gestures while speaking during his and Belarus Foreign Minister Vladimir Makei join news conference following the talks in Minsk, Belarus, Saturday, Feb. 1, 2020. (AP Photo/Sergei Grits)

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Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is advising governors across the nation to be careful when doing business with China.

“When it comes to doing business, I’m asking you to adopt a cautious mindset,” he said. “In the words of President Reagan, when you are approached for introduction or a connection to a deal, ‘trust, but verify.’”

On Saturday, he warned governors the country could be “targeting individual states” for political and economic gain.

“Competition with China is not just a federal issue, that’s why I wanted to be here today, Governor Hogan,” said Pompeo. “It’s happening in your states with consequences for our foreign policy, for the citizens that reside in your states and, indeed, for each of you.”

FILE – In this Sept. 16, 2018, file photo, American flags are displayed together with Chinese flags in Beijing. (AP Photo/Andy Wong, File)

The secretary noted the Chinese government has “assessed” each governor, ranking them as “friendly, “hardline” or “ambiguous.” He added there are communist China followers in dozens of states across the nation, who are attempting to influence local governments.

“The Chinese government has been methodical in the way it has analyzed our system,” stated Pompeo. “It’s assessed our vulnerabilities and it has decided to exploit our freedom (in order) to gain advantage over us at the federal, state and the local level.”

The U.S. has also pressured partner nations against doing business with Chinese tech company Huawei amid concerns their government is using devices to spy on users.

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Pompeo closes Eastern Europe, Central Asia tour in Uzbekistan

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, left, listens to Uzbek Foreign Minister Abdulaziz Kamilov speak during a C5+1ministerial meeting in Tashkent, Uzbekistan, Monday, Feb. 3, 2020. (Kevin Lamarque/Pool Photo via AP)

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Secretary of State Mike Pompeo made an official stop in Uzbekistan for the final destination in his Eastern Europe and Central Asia tour. In the country’s capitol on Monday, Pompeo held a summit with a handful of foreign ministers from six neighboring countries and met with the nation’s president.

Ministers from Uzbekistan and Tajikistan discussed economic relations as well security. Meanwhile, Secretary Pompeo took a hardline stance against China. He urged officials to be wary of Chinese investments and encouraged them to join the U.S. in condemning the country’s treatment of its Muslim Uighur minorities.

Secretary Pompeo went on to address U.S. peace talks with the neighboring Taliban. He made the following comments on the topic:

“The Taliban weren’t able to demonstrate either their will, or their capacity, or both, to deliver on a reduction in violence and so what we are demanding now is demonstrable evidence of their will and capacity to reduce violence, to take down the threats, to deliver peace and stability and regional security for themselves.”

Secretary Pompeo and Uzbekistan President Shavkat Mirziyoyevalso discussed Chinese influence in their bilateral talks.

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Secy. Pompeo opens door for greater investments between U.S., Kazakhstan

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, left, meets Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev at the Akorda presidential residence in Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan Sunday, Feb. 2, 2020. (Kevin Lamarque/Pool Photo via AP)

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U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo met with the president of Kazakhstan on Sunday. Pompeo held a joint news conference alongside the nation’s leader, Kassym-Jomart Tokayev, in the nation’s capital.

He said the United States and Kazakhstan have a long history as partners for peace and allies of NATO.

The secretary urged the country to join the U.S. in reducing its dependence on China and Russia, particularly in its use of oil and gas. He warned that investments with Russia and China could come at a cost to the country’s sovereignty.

“We fully support Kazakhstan’s freedom to choose to do business with whichever country it wants,” said Pompeo. “But I’m confident that the country will get the best outcome when it partners with American companies.”

He went on to praise the nation for its efforts in battling the coronavirus, which originated in Wuhan, China. Pompeo will make his way to Uzbekistan to meet with more top officials in the near future.

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Secy. Pompeo visits Belarus, offers to provide 100% of the nation’s oil and gas

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, left, and Belarusian Foreign Minister Vladimir Makei shake hands during a joint news conference in Minsk, Saturday, Feb. 1, 2020. (Kevin Lamarque/Pool Photo via AP)

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U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo if offering to supply Belarus with 100 percent of the nation’s oil and gas. Pompeo made the offer after arriving in the capital of Minsk on Saturday.

He said the United States stands ready to help the country become less reliant on Russia and pursue “sovereignty and independence.”

This came after Russia recently cut off oil and gas to the nation. President Alexander Lukashenko has stated he believes the move was meant to undermine the nation’s autonomy.

Secretary Pompeo said the United States will help support Belarus in every way they can.

“We’ll have an ambassador here before too long. All of these things I hope you will see as a good faith effort to truly engage politically, diplomatically. Our team will work tirelessly to help engage economically as well.” – Mike Pompeo, U.S. Secretary of State

He went on to say he is confident the U.S. and Belarus can make real progress.

Belarus Foreign Minister Vladimir Makei, right, gestures while speaking to U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo during their meeting in Minsk, Belarus, Saturday, Feb. 1, 2020. (AP Photo/Sergei Grits)

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Pompeo: U.K. heads list of trade deal priority with U.S.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, reacts as he attends a public discussion event with Britain’s Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab, at the Institute of Mechanical Engineers, in London, Thursday, Jan. 30, 2020. Pompeo is in London on the cusp of Britain’s departure from the European Union for talks focused on a post-Brexit free trade deal. (Kevin Lamarque/Pool Photo via AP)

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Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is predicting a strong relationship between the U.S. and a post-Brexit U.K. in the years to come. In a news conference with Britain’s foreign secretary Monday, he said he had faith in the U.K. population to hold their leaders accountable and get Brexit right.

Secretary Pompeo went on to say the democratic process will deliver security, prosperity and opportunity for the British people. On the topic of a post-Brexit trade deal, he said the U.K. is headed to the top of the list, even going as far as to say he believes a deal can be completed before presidential elections this year.

“The previous administration took a view that if the United Kingdom made this decision, they’d be at the back of the line — we intend to put the United Kingdom at the front of the line,” stated Pompeo. “This is a historic relationship between our two countries, save for that moment we busted away a couple hundred years ago, it’s been fantastic.”

British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said both he and Pompeo have confidence in their relationship to have candid discussions over their concerns about trade.

U.S. officials have cited their concerns over the U.K.’s plan to use Chinese Huawei technology in their future high-speed network, but have said it wouldn’t “greatly affect” trade deal negotiations.

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Russia’s Sergey Lavrov meets with Trump, Pompeo, dismisses election-interference worries

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After meeting with President Trump at the White House in the Oval Office on Tuesday, Russia's foreign minister Sergey Lavrov said there was no talk of election interference and brushed off the notion that it was a topic of importance.

Lavrov did, however, acknowledge that he discussed election interference with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, but said it has yet to come up in his talks with Trump, according to The Associated Press.

“We haven’t exactly even discussed elections,” Lavrov said at a news conference at the Russian Embassy in Washington, D.C.

Lavrov downplayed a question about whether or not Trump had shared any classified information with him during their meeting and told reporters, "If you find any secrets, the scoop is yours." He also lamented the "wave of suspicion that has overcome Washington" with regard to election interference.

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"All speculation about our alleged interference in domestic processes of the United States is baseless," Lavrov added.

In addition to discussing arms control, Pompeo and Lavrov reportedly highlighted Russian aggression against Ukraine, as well. Pompeo reiterated the United States' position that Crimea belongs to Ukraine, and should not be subject to Russian control. The peninsula was annexed by Russia in 2014.

Lavrov's arrival came after a meeting in Paris on Monday between Ukranian President Volodymyr Zelensky and Russian President Vladimir Putin.

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The meeting was considered an attempt to de-escalate tensions between the two nations amid a five-year separatist conflict in eastern Ukraine. Both leaders agreed to exchange all prisoners and implement a cease-fire by the end of the year, The Wall Street Journal reported.

Fox News' Louis Casiano and The Associated Press contributed to this report

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