A day after reports that more than 2 million immigrants have already crossed the U.S. southern border illegally this fiscal year — a record — former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo called the flood of fentanyl across the border ” An act of war” and another symbol. “Waffling, weak” Biden administration.

And, he acknowledged, the flow of opium from China through Mexico was deemed so dangerous that the Trump administration considered military action across the Mexican border.


Pompeo’s comments came Tuesday at the “Politics and Eggs” breakfast at the New Hampshire Institute of Politics, a popular event among potential presidential candidates as New Hampshire’s first-ever primary in the nation approaches. Pompeo has made no secret of his interest in a potential run, saying he is “doing all the things that someone is willing to do to make an announcement.”

The subject of Pompeo’s speech was the Biden administration. He mocked the White House for “walking back” on Biden’s statement on “60 Minutes” that U.S. troops would be sent to Taiwan if China attacked.


“I think if I corrected President Trump like that, I would be the ‘former’ 70th Secretary of State,” he said.

But one problem preoccupied him again and again: the chaos on the southern border. During the speech, he emphasized Biden’s decision to reverse the Trump administration’s border policies, “and now illegal immigrants are flooding our nation across our southern border.”


As he took questions, audience members asked Pompeo about the flow of fentanyl that has fueled a surge in opioid overdoses across the country, with one saying, “It almost sounds like a war.”

“I’m not sure I would use the word ‘almost,'” Pompeo replied.


Pompeo reminded the audience of previous media reports from a book that “Trump wanted to bomb Mexico.”

Pompeo set the record straight: “That was actually me.”

He explained that the U.S. was fighting in Afghanistan at the time because the U.S. was “under attack from an ungoverned location” that al-Qaeda used to plot the 9/11 attacks. “Well, today that ungoverned place isn’t just in Afghanistan, it’s a stone’s throw from El Paso.”

“There’s no governing principle. There’s no sheriff; the cartels are running this place. It’s extremely dangerous,” Pompeo said. How we operate in an ungoverned space on our southern border. How do we stop these people – and this is intentional on the part of the Chinese government – how do you stop Xi Jinping from transferring these drugs to the United States to weaken us and bring our nation into decline? What tools do we have?

“And so we start thinking about how we can use the full capabilities of the United States to defend against these ungoverned places,” Pompeo said. “Fentanyl is as cheap as it’s ever been. America’s leaders must commit to finding a way to stop it.”

Asked about Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis sending 50 illegal immigrants to Martha’s Vineyard, Pompeo said, “I’m not concerned about 50 immigrants on Martha’s Vineyard, I’m Concerned about the 50 who crossed our border while I was speaking.”

And Pompeo challenged the media to confront elected officials who claim, like members of the Biden administration, that “the border is secure.”

“When Vice President Harris tells (reporters) that ‘he’s not walking across the border,’ every one of you should say, ‘Ma’am, here comes his picture. You’re lying to the American people.’ are speaking.’ Pompeo said he should not make light of the issue. “To lie to the American people about what’s going on over there is immoral.”

Michael Graham is the managing editor at InsideSources.com.