- Pompeo Admits Trump’s Middle East ‘Deal of the Century’ Could Fail – Reports
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo reportedly reviewed the prospects of the Trump administration’s long-awaited Middle East peace plan, saying “one might argue” that the plan is “unexecutable” and it might not “gain traction,” yet expressed hope that it wouldn’t be dismissed out of hand.
In a closed-door meeting with Jewish leaders, Pompeo conceded that the plan might be rejected, admitting that “the big question is can we get enough space that we can have a real conversation about how to build this out,” according to an audio recording of the private meeting obtained by The Washington Post.
“It may be rejected. Could be in the end, folks will say, ‘It’s not particularly original, it doesn’t particularly work for me,’ that is, ‘it’s got two good things and nine bad things, I’m out,’” Pompeo reportedly said. The unveiling of the plan has been repeatedly delayed, a point Pompeo noted.
“This has taken us longer to roll out our plan than I had originally thought it might — to put it lightly,” he said at a meeting on Tuesday of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, a New York-based group that addresses concerns of the Jewish community.