Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced Monday that the U.S. government will ease its stance on Israeli settlements in the West Bank, in the latest move by the Trump administration to bolster Israel's position and undermine Palestinian claims regarding land sought for a future state. Pompeo essentially rejected a 1978 State Department legal opinion holding that civilian settlements in the occupied territories are "inconsistent with international law." He also said the White House was reversing an Obama administration directive that allowed the U.N. Security Council to pass a resolution declaring the settlements a "flagrant violation" of international law. Plus: Pompeo said that the United States is terminating its sanctions waiver related to Iran's Fordow nuclear plant, adding that it is closely monitoring protests in Iran and is deeply concerned by reports of several fatalities.
Fox News Radio's Guy Benson sat down for a radio exclusive with Morgan Ortagus, State department spokesperson who explained in further detail why Secretary Pompeo spoke up today.