WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of State published the following transcript of Secretary Pompeo interview with Wolf Blitzer of CNN:
QUESTION: But the Russians – well, the Russians – the Russians have done other awful things and the President went ahead in Helsinki and met —
SECRETARY POMPEO: This happened hours, days before – the series of events unfolded days —
QUESTION: But wouldn’t it be a good time for him to have a face-to-face —
SECRETARY POMPEO: (Inaudible) hours and days, Wolf, hours and days before, and the President made the decision that the right thing to do was tell the Russians return the sailors, return the Ukrainian equipment, it’s theirs.