Susan Rice Criticized for Condemning Pompeo for ‘Overtly Religious’ and ‘Problematic’ Beliefs

National Security Advisor Susan Rice speaks during an interview about the recent nuclear deal reached with Iran at the White House in Washington July 15, 2015. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts

Former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice has garnered controversy over her criticizing Secretary of State Mike Pompeo for having “overtly religious” beliefs.

In an interview last week on MSNBC, Rice talked with concern about Pompeo’s decision to give a speech for the Republican National Convention from Jerusalem while on a diplomatic trip.

“Secretaries of State are supposed to honor the principle that politics end at the waters’ edge and when you go overseas, as secretary or as a junior foreign service officer, you’re representing the country, not a political party,” said Rice.

“What Mike Pompeo is doing from Jerusalem is absolutely outrageous, it’s an abuse of his office, it undermines the integrity of the State Department, it violates his own rules that he promulgated and is holding every other official in the State Department to.”

The former Obama administration official also expressed concern about how open Pompeo is about his evangelical Christian beliefs.

“Mike Pompeo has been an overtly religious secretary of state, which in itself is problematic because, again, he’s supposed to represent all of America, all of our religions, all of our threads,” she added.

Ashley McGuire of The Catholic Association told the Washington Free Beacon that she believed Rice’s comment “perpetuates the Democratic Party’s pattern of anti-religious bigotry.”

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SOURCE: Christian Post, Michael Gryboski