Secretary of State Mike Pompeo took Donald Trump’s place in the world stage this weekend at the Munich Security Conference. During his time on stage, Pompeo gave a 17-minute speech gloating about Trump’s “achievements” as president – only to be met by an awkward silence from the crowd.
According to Politico, Pompeo spoke to leaders of allies like Canada, France, Germany who sat and quietly listened as Pompeo boasted about job gains in the United States and claiming that “The west is winning.”
“Today, throughout the Western Hemisphere, we have only Cuba, Nicaragua, and Venezuela as redoubts of authoritarianism. Meanwhile, the United States is thriving. Our political system is free and enormously resilient. Our economy, too, is strong,” Pompeo stated. “The overall unemployment rate is the lowest in more than half a century, economic growth tripping right along. The unemployment rate for women is at the lowest level in almost 70 years. Wages are rising for all income levels in the United States, including our blue-collar workers. This is the power of the Western idea.”
Pompeo then paused, hoping someone would cheer – no one did.
“The West is winning,” he continued. “Freedom and democracy are winning. And by that, I don’t mean just geographical nations. The West doesn’t define a space or a piece of real state. It’s any nation – any nation that adopts a model of respect for individual freedom, free enterprise, national sovereignty. They’re part of this idea of the West.”
Again he paused — again silence.
Take a look at the awkward speech in the video footage below: