Foreign Minister Mike Pompeo spoke in an interview with Fox News on Friday against a short-term decision by a leading human rights group to lift a prestigious prize following obvious complaints by media critics.
Pompeo scheduled to receive the 2019 Foley American Hostage Freedom Award on Tuesday night at a gala hosted by the James W. Foley Legacy Foundation.
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"Committed to the safe return of all unjustly detained Americans and to protecting freelance journalists," Pompeo would pay tribute his work in the liberation of Americans imprisoned throughout the world.
Friends "On Friday, Pompeo entered the controversy, suggesting that the award was drawn due to pressure from media companies.
"The return of hostages is not partisanship. It is not political. This is an American activity, "he said.
" We worked with Democratic members of the Congress. This is not partisan.
"And yet, it sounds like the media that signed this event ̵
The James W. Foley Legacy Foundation told Fox News The decision was not based on pressure from the media, but on the Trump government's reaction to the murder of Jamal Khashoggi.
"While it is true that our foundation wanted to introduce our foundation Award of hostage to Secretary Pompeo … We decided in the end that we can not present the prize as planned, as the circumstances have changed dramatically than the The government did not insist on genuine accountability of the Saudi government for the brutal murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, a statement said
"In addition to advocating the safe return of American hostages abroad, the protection of freedom of expression and the promotion of security of the Journalists an important pillar of our foundation, and this award would h conflict with this key principle. We thank Foreign Minister Pompeo for his extraordinary efforts to bring Americans home and are grateful for everything he and this government have done to prioritize the return of our citizens.
"In particular, we are grateful for the time he met families of American hostages on Tuesday and look forward to working closely with Foreign Minister Pompeo and this government to bring the Americans home safely."  Earlier this week, Pompeo reportedly sent a letter to Diane Foley – the president and founder of James Foley, the American journalist killed by ISIS – after hearing the decision.
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It is a great honor to have been awarded the Foley American Hostage Freedom Award 2019. Jim's life and heritage inspire me to work, "the secretary wrote, as the Washington Examiner first reported and was confirmed by Fox News.
" I understand that the Foundation has decided to accept the Freedom Award and my invitation to participate in the James W. Foley Freedom Awards 2019 Due to the pressure from the media partners and their fear, feared in their letter, that some diners would not pay adequate respect to my office at dinner if I were present.
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"How sad is it that grassroots politics and hatred have crept into this area of our national activity? The safe recovery of Americans hostage overseas should go beyond politics and must be supported by all Americans. I regret that such cynical and vile pressure has been put on you and John. "
Rich Edson of Fox News contributed to this report.