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The 6 breakout Republican stars of 2018

The Republican Party had a bumpy 2018, but some rising stars made a name for themselves or rebranded their public image this year.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Wednesday defended the Trump administration's response to Jamal Khashoggi's killing.

Mika Brzezinski asks if Pompeo is a ‘wannabe dictator’s butt boy’ after he deflects questions on Jamal Khashoggi’s killing

Mika Brzezinski on Wednesday ripped into Secretary of State Mike Pompeo after he deflected questions on the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.
Defense Secretary James Mattis on Friday flatly denied reports the US is planning a missile strike against Iran.

Mattis: There’s ‘no smoking gun’ tying Saudi crown prince to brutal Khashoggi murder

Secretary of Defense James Mattis and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo both argued Wednesday that there is "no smoking gun" linking Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

‘Just answer the question and kill this story’: In internal emails, Heather Nauert criticized Rex Tillerson’s refusal to deny report...

Heather Nauert was critical of former Secretary of State Rex Tillerson's refusal to deny reports that he called Trump a "moron" last year.

Mike Pompeo says US probe of Jamal Khashoggi’s death will take a ‘handful more weeks’ before possible sanctions come into play

Last week, the US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the US would revoke visas and consider sanctions against individuals it has tied to the murder.
Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (L) and US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo

US vows to revoke visas and consider sanctions in response to Jamal Khashoggi’s death

Twenty-one Saudis will have their US visas revoked or will be made ineligible for future visas, the State Department said Tuesday.
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo meets with the Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, October 16, 2018.

The US reportedly gave Mohammed bin Salman 72 hours to ‘own’ the Khashoggi disaster. His time is up.

In a meeting in Riyadh on Tuesday — which finished at around 3 p.m. Saudi time — US Secretary of Strate Mike Pompeo told the Crown Prince he must "own" the disaster and has 72 hours to sort it out, an Axios source said. This deadline has come and gone with no big changes.
US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin pulls out of investor conference in Saudi Arabia amid outrage over journalist Jamal Khashoggi’s disappearance

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin dropped out of an investor conference in Saudi Arabia on Thursday after receiving backlash surrounding the disappearance and apparent killing of journalist
Jamal Khashoggi, a prominent Saudi journalist, is missing.

Here’s everything we know about the troubling disappearance of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi

The Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi is missing, and Turkish authorities believe he was killed in the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul. Here's a timeline of the events surrounding his disappearance.
US President Donald Trump's hand may be forced as global pressure mounts over the Jamal Khashoggi crisis. Here he is pictured with Saudi leaders in Riyadh in May 2017.

Saudi Arabia’s sloppy Khashoggi response may force Trump’s hand towards punishment

President Donald Trump and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will weigh mounting global pressure to punish Saudi Arabia against the longstanding alliance that has survived 9/11, a tragic war in Yemen, and decades of domestic human rights practices instituted and enforced by the House of Saud.