Journey to the NATO headquarters anticipated to be secretary of state’s final journey as the highest diplomat of outgoing President Donald Trump.
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will journey to Brussels this week for conferences with NATO officers, the State Division stated, in what is anticipated to be his final journey as the highest diplomat of outgoing President Donald Trump.
Throughout his journey, which is able to happen on Wednesday and Thursday, Pompeo will meet NATO Secretary-Normal Jens Stoltenberg and Belgian Deputy Prime Minister and International Affairs Minister Sophie Wilmès, the State Division stated.
The go to follows the assault on the US Capitol final week during which 1000’s of Trump supporters stormed the constructing, forcing members of Congress who had been certifying Democratic President-elect Joe Biden’s election victory into hiding. 5 folks died, together with a police officer and a Trump supporter who was shot.
Stoltenberg referred to as the scenes in Washington “stunning” and referred to as for the end result of the election to be revered.
Many different world leaders together with these of high US allies such because the UK additionally expressed shock on the assault on the center of American democracy.
“Secretary Pompeo will spotlight the enduring significance of the Transatlantic partnership, champion NATO’s ongoing success in safeguarding the Transatlantic group and adapting to new safety challenges, and reaffirm the energy of the bilateral relationship between america and Belgium,” the State Division stated in a press release.
Trump had a shaky relationship with NATO, accusing his European allies of being “delinquent” of their help of the Western army alliance.
Pompeo, who’s seen as having presidential ambitions for 2024, has been stepping up his work as the highest US diplomat earlier than his time period ends on January 20.
On Monday, he referred to as for state-funded broadcaster Voice of America (VOA) to advertise “American exceptionalism,” brushing apart complaints that he’s making an attempt to show the government-funded broadcaster right into a propaganda channel.
Pompeo delivered a reside deal with on the headquarters of VOA, the place the Trump administration has shaken up the management after saying that the taxpayer-funded outlet ought to promote its insurance policies.
Pompeo claimed that till Trump turned president, VOA’s broadcasts had “change into much less about telling the reality about America and too usually about demeaning America.
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“We need to depoliticise what takes place right here. It’s too necessary for the American folks and for the world – returning this organisation to its constitution and its cost to unfold the message of freedom, democracy and American exceptionalism,” Pompeo stated.
Regardless of his name towards politicisation, he drew a parallel with Trump’s complaints about being faraway from Fb and Twitter. The social media platforms say the outgoing president incited violence on the US Capitol to overturn his election defeat.
“All of it factors in a single course – authoritarianism cloaked as ethical righteousness,” Pompeo stated.