Representative Mike Pompeo, West Point and Harvard Law graduate, joined me today to fact check the “fact checker” at the Washington Post, Michelle Ye Hee Lee:
HH: Joined now by Congressman Mike Pompeo from Kansas’ 4th Congressional District. There was something playing in my ear there, but it wasn’t Mike Pompeo. Hello, Congressman, how are you?
MP: It’s good to be with you, Hugh. How are you today?
HH: Great. I have got to talk to you specifically, in hour number three, I’m going to have on a Washington Post reporter, Michelle Ye Hee Lee, who wrote a piece today, The Zombie Claim About Navy Ship Numbers Returns To The 2016 Campaign Trail, in which she blasts Lindsey Graham and Scott Walker for talking about how our Navy has declined in size and capability. Now you’re a West Point grad, but you know this stuff. Do you think it deserves three Pinocchios, that Lindsey Graham and Scott Walker and every other Republican is out there talking about Reagan had 600 ships, and we’re down to 273?
MP: Well, them’s the facts. So I don’t know how you get three Pinocchios when there’s a fact. What they really mean is they try and say well, we don’t need that many anymore. I can assure you, we are beginning to see this need, right? The Chinese are building an island in the South China Sea. We’ve got Iranian ships sailing through the Gulf of Aden, and we’ve got enormous problems where the Russians are beginning to move their fleet into places they’ve not moved it before. I can assure you, our naval power is going to be called on in the next month and years in a way that the three Pinocchios that that comment was given, doesn’t do justice to. Continue Reading