With Mike Pompeo as U.S. Secretary of State, President Donald Trump is likely to get a more subservient top diplomat on the world stage than his predecessor Rex Tillerson, who has fallen foul of the president on numerous occasions over the past 14 months.
Tillerson was tipped for the sack as far back as November 2017 but the announcement Tuesday, just after he touched down from a trip to Africa and reportedly without speaking to Trump, was a surprise even by the roller-coaster standards of the current administration.
Executive director of the London-based think tank, the Henry Jackson Society, Alan Mendoza, said that Pompeo would may even be better received internationally.
“Throughout his previous political career, Mike Pompeo took a principled stand in opposing the expansionist aims of Iran, Russia and North Korea.
“While President Trump will continue to make decisions on these issues, the change in personnel means the advice he’s receiving will change in favor of more robust responses to infractions. Secretary Pompeo will also command more respect abroad given his political and intelligence experience.”
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