Pompeo extols 'America's essential rightness' at State Dept

May 16, 2018 - 11:00 am

WASHINGTON (AP) — Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is extolling the "essential rightness" of the United States in global affairs. He's also calling for U.S. diplomats to act firmly as they promote the Trump administration's foreign policies.

In a pep talk to State Department employees on Wednesday, Pompeo said his repeated calls for the demoralized agency to regain its "swagger" means that American diplomats should act with confidence and aggressiveness "born of the righteous knowledge that our cause is just."

Pompeo, who replaced his fired predecessor Rex Tillerson last month, is in his third week on the job.

He has pledged to reverse many of Tillerson's unpopular directives and has already lifted a 16-month hiring freeze and restored a program allowing diplomatic spouses to work in embassies abroad.

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