U.S. Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, speaks at a information convention whereas U.S. President Donald Trump seems on following his second summit assembly with North Korean chief Kim Jong-un on February 28, 2019 in Hanoi, Vietnam.
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WASHINGTON – Secretary of State Mike Pompeo abruptly canceled a visit to Europe throughout his ultimate week in workplace because the nation’s high diplomat.
The cancellation got here after a number of European officers refused to satisfy with Pompeo, folks acquainted with the matter instructed Reuters.
The snub from European officers comes one week after hundreds of President Donald Trump’s supporters stormed the U.S. Capitol, sending shockwaves world wide.
Pompeo, in his final diplomatic mission, was slated to journey to Belgium on Wednesday to satisfy with NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg and Belgian deputy prime minister Sophie Wilmes. Stoltenberg and Wilmes, together with a slew of world leaders, publicly described the lethal riot on the U.S. Capitol as “shocking.”
The journey later this week additionally reportedly included a cease in Luxembourg, in line with Reuters.
The State division didn’t instantly reply to CNBC’s request for remark.
State spokeswoman Morgan Ortagus stated in a Tuesday assertion that the choice to cancel the journey was made with a view to proceed working with President-elect Joe Biden’s staff on a “smooth and orderly transition process.”
“We are fully committed to the completion of a smooth and orderly transition process to be finalized over the next 8 days. Both the Department and the President-elect’s team have been fully engaged for several weeks toward this end, and we are pleased with the level of cooperation and professionalism that has been displayed,” Ortagus wrote.
Antony Blinken, Biden’s decide to guide the State division, is anticipated to supply Pompeo’s staff with an inventory of profession officers that may briefly stay in performing positions till the Senate affirmation course of is full.
Secretary of State nominee Antony Blinken speaks after being launched by President-elect Joe Biden as he introduces key overseas coverage and nationwide safety nominees and appointments on the Queen Theatre on November 24, 2020 in Wilmington, Delaware.
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Last week, Pompeo confirmed in a tweet that he met with Blinken and referred to as the assembly “very productive.”
It was not instantly clear if the 2 mentioned the lethal riot on the U.S. Capitol, which occurred simply two days prior.