Former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo asserts the Biden administration could have used “strategic deterrence” to stop Russian President Vladimir Putin much earlier. In a live broadcast today, Pompeo said, “They could have begun to put real sanctions in place. I saw what the president signed last night. I must say Vladimir Putin saw them put sanctions in for those two parts of Ukraine, and he viewed that as a green light for continued aggression.” Putin has no fear of the United States. Xi Jinping notices.