“At a second when the world already has watched an assault on our democratic establishments, the Trump administration has chosen to ship one other message — with an assault on the First Modification,” Miller stated within the assertion. “The transfer, mere hours earlier than Widakuswara was to fly with the president as a member of the journey pool on Air Power One, harms the pursuits of all People who depend upon the free press to study in regards to the actions of their authorities and provides consolation to efforts to limit press freedom world wide.”
A VOA spokesperson declined to reply to the WHCA assertion, saying the group “doesn’t touch upon inner personnel issues.”
Pompeo was the topic of great criticism within the aftermath of final November’s presidential eletcion, when he promised the State Department would facilitate “a smooth transition to a second Trump administration” after the race had been called for President-elect Joe Biden.
Pompeo’s speech Monday at Voice of America’s headquarters in Washington on “Reclaiming America’s Voice for Freedom” included remarks that VOA’s mission was to be “correct, goal, and complete.”
“Your mission is to advertise democracy, freedom, and American values all the world over,” Pompeo stated. “It’s a U.S. taxpayer-funded establishment aimed squarely at that. Certainly, that is what units VOA other than MSNBC and Fox Information and the like.”
“It isn’t pretend information so that you can broadcast that that is the best nation within the historical past of the world and the best nation that civilization has ever recognized,” Pompeo stated.