Pompeo: "We're Going To Get Our Swagger Back" At The State Department

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New Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says that from now on, the State Department will have its "swagger" back, "and the State Department will be out in front in every corner of the world leading America's diplomatic policy."

In an interview with FOX News Sunday host Chris Wallace, Pompeo added: "We’ve got to go put the diplomatic team on the playing field." His predecessor Rex Tillerson was criticized for downsizing the role of the State Department in favor of the military.

"It should be the United States State Department that is at the front of American foreign policy, delivering solutions to solve America's problems without resorting to military force," Pompeo said.





CHRIS WALLACE: A couple of final questions.

Israel -- the U.S. opens its embassy in Jerusalem tomorrow. The Palestinians are talking about a day of rage, violent, mass protests and the PLO won't even talk to the U.S. anymore as an interlocutor in terms of the Middle East.

Is the peace process dead? And given the threat of violence, what are you as the secretary of state saying to Americans in the Middle East, in those parts of the world over the next few days?

SEC. OF STATE MIKE POMPEO: So, the peace process is most decidedly not dead. We’re hard at work on it. We hope we can achieve a successful outcome there as well.

With respect to security, we’re aware of the situation on the ground. The United States government has taken a number of actions to ensure that not only our governmental interest, but the American people in that region are secure as well, and we are comfortable we’ve taken action that reduces that risk.

WALLACE: Finally, and it's pretty remarkable given all that's happened, all that is on your brief. You have been secretary of state for barely two weeks now. What's your vision for the State Department?

POMPEO: Well, first, Chris, I hope I haven't peaked in my first two weeks.

(LAUGHTER)

POMPEO: But it's pretty clear, we’ve got to go put the diplomatic team on the playing field. It should be the United States State Department that is at the front of American foreign policy, delivering solutions to solve America's problems without resorting to military force. And so, I’m going to build the team, we’re going to get our swagger back and the State Department will be out in front in every corner of the world leading America's diplomatic policy, achieving great outcomes on behalf of President Trump and America.

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