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Sanders attacks ‘destructive’ Kissinger after Pompeo visit

US Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) (L) talks with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) during a rally with fellow Democrats before voting on H.R. 1, or the People Act, on the East Steps of the US Capitol on March 08, 2019 in Washington, DC. (AFP photo)
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo (R) meets with former Secretary of State and national security adviser Henry Kissinger. (Photo via Twitter)

US Senator Bernie Sanders has attacked former Secretary of State and national security adviser Henry Kissinger over his “destructive” legacy after his meeting with Mike Pompeo.

The 2020 presidential candidate said in a tweet Sunday that in his administration, Kissinger’s advice would not be sought.

“Henry Kissinger was one of the most destructive Secretaries of State in the history of this country,” the Vermont senator said. “A Sanders administration will not be taking advice from Henry Kissinger,” Sanders added.

The socialist politician made the comment in response to Pompeo, saying he was “always grateful” to meet with the senior Republican.

“Honored to meet again with one of my most esteemed predecessors, Dr. Henry Kissinger. I'm always grateful for our conversations,” the hawkish secretary of state said in a tweet.

Kissinger is known to occasionally counsel US President Donald Trump as well. He is a target of human rights activists mostly for his dark legacy in Chile, Vietnam and Cambodia.

During the 2016 presidential election, Sanders attacked his Democratic opponent Hillary Clinton for her close ties with Kissinger.

"I am proud to say that Henry Kissinger is not my friend. I will not take advice from Henry Kissinger," said the Vermont senator, who endorsed Clinton after she was nominated by the Democratic Party.

Sanders is currently in the third place, trailing Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren and former Vice President Joe Biden on top, according to poll averages.

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