Jerusalem24 – US Ambassador to Israel David Friedman earlier this week told a United Arab Emirates news site that a Joe Biden win in next month’s US elections would see American policy on Iran shift in a way that would be damaging to Israel and the Gulf states. This seems to be a violation of American law that states federal employees must be nonpartisan.
This is not the first time Friedman has campaigned for Donald Trump in the Middle East, though it’s not the first time he has done such acts.
“As you know, Joe Biden was part of the Obama administration that negotiated and implemented the Iran deal, something that President Trump – and I share his view – thinks was the worst international deal the US has ever entered into,” Friedman told the al-Ain, a UAE media outlet.
Friedman’s interview appears to violate the Hatch Act , which “generally prohibits Federal employees from engaging in political activities while on duty.” Secretary of State Mike Pompeo also apparently violated the Hatch Act when he gave a speech endorsing Trump at the Republican convention (from Jerusalem).
Pompeo’s breach got a lot of negative media attention, but no real consequences. Though violating the Hatch Act is supposed to result in your losing your job.