Channel 1 Los Angeles
Washington D.C. 1/10/2020
Michael R. Pompeo, Secretary of State
Secretary Michael R. Pompeo With Laura Ingraham of The Ingraham Angle
QUESTION: The news today broke that the Iranians by accident – that’s what they say – downed that commercial airliner the night, of course, they sent their cruise missiles into Iraq against Iraqi military bases. What can you tell us?
SECRETARY POMPEO: There’s an investigation underway. I hope that the Iranians will cooperate with it completely. I hope they’ll make sure that the whole world can know that if there are planes traveling in and out of Iran that they’re safe, and if there’s risk, that the commercial airlines that happen to make decisions about the lives of people who are traveling in and out of Tehran will know the risks. And if the international community needs to shut down that airport, so be it. We’ve got to get to the bottom of it, and it’s important that we get to the bottom of it quickly. I’ve seen the reporting. I can only say that we need to get to the bottom of this very, very quickly.
QUESTION: Well, 60 Canadians on that airliner.
SECRETARY POMPEO: Yeah. They —
QUESTION: Horrific – 176 people dead. Given the climate here in Washington, I can foresee down the road some on the left saying this was an accident caused by a provocation of an administration that reacted rashly against Iran. You know that’s coming.
SECRETARY POMPEO: Well, we’ll have to see what’s the ultimate cause of this. It’s possible it’s mechanical failure, but we’ll have to see if, in fact, it’s the case that there was something more insidious than this. The American people should know that this would have been Iranian malfeasance that caused it. And importantly, you identified the Canadians that passed; my condolences to everyone who was on that flight, including the Iranian citizens who were traveling on that plane as well.