During the tumultuous last few weeks of President Donald Trump’s presidency, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has made a series of controversial foreign policy decisions; set to affect relations with Yemen, Cuba, Iran, and Taiwan/China moving forward. Trolling is the an Internet term for the act of posting insulting messages on a social media platform with the sole intension of annoying another user. Arguably Pompeo’s last minute foreign policy decisions could be seen as an attempt at trolling the Biden administration, making any change in foreign policy more difficult for the new administration. These decisions have been over-shadowed by the unprecedented events at the US Capitol in early January 2021, but if this is in fact the sole intention of these foreign policy amendments, does this undermine any assertion to professionalism that the outgoing foreign secretary could lay claim to?
What is behind Mike Pompeo’s last minute foreign policy decisions?