World Pompeo blames missing $6,000 whisky on State Department 'incompetence'
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said Thursday he's as clueless as anyone when it comes to what happened to a $5,800 bottle of whisky gifted to him by - and hinted it could've been his own State Department's fault.
The former Secretary of State broke his silence on what he called 'the great case of the missing whisky bottle' in an interview with Fox.
At the end of a discussion covering COVID vaccines,'s nuclear capabilities and Israeli-US relations, host John Roberts asked the Trump official: 'Any idea where the whisky is?'
'Look, a couple of facts - I have no idea, I assume it wasn't even touched' Pompeo said.
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He claimed he never even personally got the expensive spirit.
'I have no idea how the State Department lost this thing, although I saw enormous incompetence at the State Department during my time there,' he commented, adding 'had it been a case of Diet Coke, I'd have been all over it.'
OBAMA HITS THE LINKS: Former President Barack Obama looked happy and relaxed as he enjoyed a round of golf ahead of this weekend's birthday celebrations in Martha's Vineyard. 'Just make sure you get a good picture of me!' Obama, who turned 60 on Wednesday, joked to a DailyMail.com photographer as he took to the greens of Farm Neck Club on the edges of the town of Oak Bluffs.
Obama joined the 'fully organic' club in 2016. Membership costs $12,000 a year on top of a $350,000 initiation fee and is currently at full capacity with 305 members. Dressed in mottled navy polo shirt and navy slacks, Obama wore a silver trimmed navy baseball cap that appeared to be a light-hearted birthday gift and bore the numbers 44 and 60 - a nod to his presidency and age.
The former President rounded off his day with a trip to family favorite The Barn, a bowling bistro and bar. Michelle and the girls were not with him for what appeared to be more of a low-key boys night after an afternoon of golf. The muted thwump of music and bowling balls could be heard long into the night with Obama finally emerging shortly before 11pm. Pictured: Obama heading into the Barn.
DailyMail.com was there to witness a cavalcade of catering trucks rolling into the former President's vast Martha's Vineyard estate on Tuesday as preparations for his birthday party began. The exclusive images and video give the first glimpse of what will now be a scaled back version of the party that had once been set for 500 guests. Although it will be a smaller affair for family and friends, it's sure to be just as glamorous. The original party invites included Oprah Winfrey, Steven Spielberg and George Clooney, but it is not clear who, if any, of them made the final cut.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY BARACK: Michelle Obama brought some levity to former President Barack's controversial 60th birthday celebrations by posting a sweet tribute to the 'wonderful father and husband' on Wednesday. The 57-year-old former First Lady took to social media to share the sweet message for her husband, while also posting a never-before-seen photo of the couple posing with their daughters, Malia and Sasha (pictured). While Barack and Michelle are seen smiling happily for the cameras in the snap, Malia, 23, flashes a goofy thumbs-up, while 20-year-old Sasha pouts at the camera.
Michelle's public birthday tributes have become something of a ritual over the past several years, with the mother-of-two regularly marking special occasions by gushing about her husband on social media. Pictured: Michelle's post from last year.
JOYRIDIN' JOE TAKES A SPIN: Not in attendance at Obama's weekend celebration: the current President, who will be taking a beach trip to his vacation home in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware. But ahead of the relaxing weekend, President Biden enjoyed some thrills as he test-drove a hybrid Jeep Wrangler at the White House on Thursday. 'Have you guys driven an electric vehicle?' the president asked a group of reporters after he completed his circuit. 'You don’t hear a thing,' he said. Clearly in his element, Biden jumped out of the gray jeep and fielded several questions from the press.
Asked by DailyMail.com about language in the new infrastructure bipartisan bill about mandatory breathalyzer technology for cars, Biden backed the idea. 'In large part it would just help the driver,' Biden said. 'Because lots of times people have a couple drinks and don’t realize it,' he added. 'That's a good idea, I think,' Biden said. Earlier, in his remarks to lawmakers, Biden said he told GM Chief Mary Barra that when the company finally makes an electric Corvette, he wants to take it for a spin. 'When they make the first electric Corvette, I get to drive it,' he quipped. 'Right, Mary? You think I'm kidding – I'm not kidding!'
The card designs feature a 'Save America' logo, include name, member ID, and 'member since' sections, and have small print underneath Trump's signature reading 'authorized by President Donald J. Trump'. Of the four designs, one features a bald eagle while three have 'Official Trump Card' making up the majority of the card. It was unclear who qualifies for the cards or what benefits holders will be entitled to.
FROM TOKYO TO 1800 PENNSYLVANIA AVE: Elsewhere, in the White House, press secretary Jen Psaki said this week that Team USA would receive an invite to the White House after the conclusion of the summer Tokyo Olympic Games. 'I'm inviting them here, to my house, whenever they want to come,' she said from the podium to a question posed by DailyMail.com. 'Certainly that's a tradition and the president is probably as obsessed with the Olympics as I am, if not more,' Psaki added. 'So I expect there will be an invitation at some point.'
The event will happen after COVID-19 protocols forced the White House to send slimmed-down presidential delegations to the opening and closing ceremonies of the Tokyo games. First Lady Jill Biden led the delegation to the opening ceremony, with only Raymond Greene, the Chargé d’Affaires ad interim at the U.S. embassy in Tokyo, joining her. At the opening ceremony, Biden was accompanied only by agents, and even staff was barred from entry.
On her trip, Dr. Biden wore a mask and stayed socially distant from other members of the small crowd. She attended a women's 3x3 basketball game against France, part of the swim competition and the women's soccer match against New Zealand. Instead of meeting the athletes in person, Dr. Biden held a Zoom meeting with Team USA hours before the opening ceremony from the ambassador's residence in Tokyo.
U.N. Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield will attend the closing ceremony for the U.S. She'll again bring Greene along, as well as Marcia Bernicat, a senior official at the State Department. By comparison, former President Donald Trump had former Vice President Mike Pence lead a delegation of seven individuals to attend the opening ceremony at the 2018 winter games in PyeongChang, South Korea. Pictured: Dr. Biden at the opening ceremony.
BILL CLINTON'S AFFAIR ON THE SMALL SCREEN: Ryan Murphy on Monday released a teaser promotional shot in support of Impeachment: American Crime Story, his upcoming miniseries detailing the impeachment of former President Bill Clinton in 1998 after his relationship with former White House intern Monica Lewinsky came to light. The image (pictured) features a shot of Lewinsky's character in a black hat and blue dress as she faces the White House. He captioned the shot: 'Every side has a story.'
Feldstein told The Daily Beast in September of 2019 that she was 'so honored to be portraying' Lewinsky in the project and 'honored to be a part of bringing this story to light right now, and hopefully getting to frame her in a completely new way for the next generation.' Pictured: Then-First Lady Hillary Clinton holds hands with her husband President Bill Clinton during a news conference where he discussed being impeached in 1998.
Lewinsky is a producer on the special along with Murphy and Sarah Burgess, which is based on a 1999 book by Jeffrey Toobin called A Vast Conspiracy. Production on the miniseries was stalled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but the series is set to begin airing on FX on September 7. Pictured: Monica in 2019.
Pompeo was gifted the bottle by the government of Japan on June 24, 2019, according to a State Department filing.
Pompeo blames missing $6,000 whisky on State Department 'incompetence'
The former Trump official broke his silence on what he called 'the great case of the missing whisky bottle' on Fox News. Pompeo said he never even received the bottle himself, but offered help finding it.The former Secretary of State broke his silence on what he called 'the great case of the missing whisky bottle' in an interview with Fox.
Records only state that its 'disposition' is 'unknown.'
A footnote in the filing states the department has an 'ongoing inquiry' into the case.
'I had no idea this was missing, that there was an investigation about it - this is all just crazy talk. I have no idea where this thing is,' he said.
'If they want to give me a holler, I'm happy to try and help them find it.'
Pompeo added that he 'wouldn't know the difference between a $58 bottle and a $5,800 bottle.'
The day the filing shows he received the bottle Pompeo was in Saudi Arabia meeting with King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.
Days later however he met with Japanese officials and world leaders at the G20 summit in Tokyo.
The State Department's Office of Protocol is required to record gifts given to U.S. officials over $390 in value and keep track of their disposition. Recipients either have to turn them over to the National Archives or another government entity or purchase them for personal use at their valued cost.
Japanese whiskey gifted to Pompeo is missing, State filings say
The State Department is looking into the whereabouts of a $5,800 bottle of Japanese whiskey that was gifted to former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, according to State Department filings in the federal register. © Elijah Nouvelage/Bloomberg/Getty Images Michael Pompeo, U.S. Secretary of State, pauses while speaking at the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, Georgia, U.S., on Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2020. Pompeo accused U.S. universities of letting China steal American science and technology and stifle criticism in return for funding from Beijing.
It's illegal for an official to keep a gift without purchasing it and the person could face civil penalties.
The 92-page filing of gifts received by federal officials in 2019 also revealed that Donald Trump received multiple photos of himself, Melania Trump got a sterling silver jewelry box from the Queen and the monarch also gave several staff members signed pictures of herself - which Kellyanne Conway paid the government $2,830 to keep.
Diplomatic gifts are overseen by the State Department's Office of the Chief of Protocol.
In 2020 it was revealed the office was investigated by an internal watchdog which found Trump appointees running the department committed 'workplace violence' and that others failed to report it.
Pompeo had pushed for the ouster of the department's previous inspector general, Steve Linick, who was probing allegations that Pompeo and his wife had staffers doing domestic chores and errands like walking their dog and handling dry cleaning.
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