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Pompeo tells U.S. diplomats Trump ‘understands the power of diplomacy'

Posted On: May 16, 2018   |   Posted By: Politico

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo wants U.S. diplomats to know that President Donald Trump “values and understands the power of diplomacy,” an assurance that comes as he pledges to help the State Department regain its “swagger.” Pompeo made the remarks Wednesday at Foggy Bottom during his first town hall since he became secretary in late April, replacing the unpopular Rex Tillerson. Media access was limited, but the department released excerpts of Pompeo's opening statement - comments that also showed how the former head of the CIA is trying to distinguish himself from his predecessor. According to those excerpts, Pompeo declared it would be “silly” for him to lay out a “grand strategy” for the department - “I have too much to learn.” But, unlike what Tillerson did in his first town hall, Pompeo avoided going through a country-by-country checklist of threats and opportunities, telling the audience: “You know all that.” Instead, Pompeo urged State staffers to have confidence in the cause they represent, an...

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