Mike Pompeo, Donald Trump’s top official, has been caught on tape telling American Jewish leaders that he would “push back” against the party’s leadership, as the stakes are “too risky and too important”. The comments come after continued allegations of anti-Semitism in the Labour party, and the US diplomat has suggested he would seek to intervene to prevent Jeremy Corbyn from getting the UK’s top job. Mr Pompeo also made a swipe at Theresa May’s leadership, saying the Tories fifth place finish in the European elections was “an absolute failure of leadership”.
At a behind closed door meeting the US secretary of state was asked what he would do if Mr Corbyn were to become prime minister and Mr Pompeo appeared to suggest that he would seek to intervene in the debate before such an outcome happened.
A recording of the meeting was leaked to The Washington Post, where it emerged Mr Pompeo said: “It could be that Mr Corbyn manages to run the gauntlet and get elected. It’s possible.
“You should know, we won’t wait for him to do those things to being to push back.
“We will do our level best.
“It’s too risky and too important and too hard once it’s already happened.”
The secretary of state’s comments come after President Trump attacked Mr Corbyn’s decision to attend a protest rally against his state visit.
Speaking alongside Theresa May at a joint press conference at the UK foreign office, Mr Trump said: “I don’t know Jeremy Corbyn… he is somewhat of a negative force.”
In response to Mr Pompeo’s comments, a Labour spokesman said: “President Trump and his officials’ attempts to decide who will be Britain’s next prime minister are an entirely unacceptable interference in the UK’s democracy.”
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He added that the party was “fully committed to the support, defence and celebration of the Jewish community and is implacably opposed to antisemitism”.
Mr Pompeo also poured scorn on the Conservative’s poor European elections result, critiquing the party’s direction under Mrs May.
Speaking of the Tories’ fifth place finish, he said: “If I had told you that even 90 days ago, you’d have laughed me out of here, and you’d have done so properly.
“This is an absolute failure of leadership to demonstrate value.”