He described free countries as being in a “competition of values” with countries that are not free, mentioning Russia and China in particular.
“Today, Russia, led by a former KGB officer stationed in Dresden, invades its neighbors and slays political opponents,” he said.
“The Chinese Communist Party uses tactics and methods to suppress its own people that would be horrifyingly familiar to former East Germans,” he added.
Pompeo that the countries need to protect what was won in the American revolution, World War II’s end and the fall of the Berlin Wall.
“We have a duty, each of us, to use all we have to defend what was so hard-won in 1776, in 1945 and in 1989,” he said. “And we have to do it together because it’s not easy and doing it alone is impossible.”
While taking questions, he also defended President Trump‘s trade policies, saying he wanted “increased trade” with Europe.
“President Trump’s been clear, he’s been very clear our ideal trade relationship with the European Union would be to have no tariffs … no non-tariff barriers either, no hiding behind some regulatory framework,” he said.
“We want increased trade with Europe, we want increased trade with India, but we want it to be conducted in a way that is consistent with the history of free trade around the world where we join together and we don’t try and protect our own industries,” he added.