Speaking on a variety of national security topics on Thursday, CIA Director Mike Pompeo reiterated his views of Russia as an adversary across a wide spectrum, saying that the Russians will do whatever they can to “stick it to America,” the Associated Press reports.
Pompeo said that Russia continues to pursue a strategy solely in their interest in Syria, and that any action against the Islamic State has been minimally effective. He reiterated the belief of the U.S. intelligence community that Russia ‘meddled’ in the 2016 presidential election, and said “I think they find anyplace that they can make our lives more difficult, I think they find that’s something that’s useful.”
According to Pompeo, Russia will stay in Syria for as long as possible to maintain access to its Mediterranean Sea port at Tartus.
But he also said there are areas in which the United States and Russia could cooperate, specifically in the realm of counter-terrorism.