Pompeo shatters diplomatic norms with political appearances

Secretary of State takes part in events with political overtones ahead of presidential election.

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National News

September 24, 2020 - 9:22 AM

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo Photo by (Sipa USA/TNS)

WASHINGTON (AP) — Undaunted by criticism, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is forging ahead with a series of events that have overtly political overtones ahead of the November presidential election. 

Casting aside a long tradition of the nation’s top diplomat shunning partisan politics, Pompeo gave a speech on Wednesday in the swing state of Wisconsin, marking his participation in the fourth event this month alone that goes well beyond what previous secretaries of state have done in support of the presidents they have served.

From the Republican National Convention, which he addressed by recorded video from Israel, to an evangelical megachurch in Texas over the weekend and the Value Voters Summit in Washington just on Tuesday, Pompeo has not been shy in taking his message to audiences considered essential to President Donald Trump’s reelection. And, more are scheduled. 

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