Former US secretary of state Mike Pompeo to join Fox News

Mr Mike Pompeo has been hired to appear on Fox News as a "contributor". PHOTO: EPA-EFE

WASHINGTON (AFP) - Former United States president Donald Trump's top diplomat Mike Pompeo has been hired to appear on Fox News as a "contributor", the conservative cable news channel said on Thursday (April 8).

"I intend to give viewers a candid, no-nonsense look at geopolitics, international relations and the 'America First' policies that helped chart the course for unprecedented American prosperity and security," the former secretary of state and member of Congress said in a statement released by Fox.

"Mike Pompeo is one of America's most recognised and respected voices on foreign policy and national security issues," Fox News Media chief executive Suzanne Scott said.

"I look forward to his contributions across our range of platforms to share his distinct perspective with our millions of viewers."

Mr Pompeo took up the post of secretary of state from his predecessor Rex Tillerson in April 2018 until the end of the Trump administration in January 2021. He was previously director of the Central Intelligence Agency.

Recently, Mr Pompeo has joined calls for the US to boycott the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing and has called the expert report on the origins of the Covid-19 virus a "sham" as part of a "disinformation campaign" from the World Health Organisation and the Chinese Communist Party.

He was on the front lines of the Trump administration's stand-off with China.

Fox has hired other members of the Trump orbit in recent months, including his daughter-in-law and campaign advisor Lara Trump and former White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany.

The network has found itself embroiled in controversies over Mr Trump's untrue allegations of election rigging in 2020, with voting machine maker Dominion seeking more than US$1 billion (S$1.34 billion) in a lawsuit over allegations Fox implicated the company in the false claims.

Join ST's Telegram channel and get the latest breaking news delivered to you.