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Mike Pompeo America’s 70th Secretary of State

Today President Donald Trump swore in Mike Pompeo as America’s 70th Secretary of the State Department. The new Secretary emphasized he and his team will be relentless in confronting global threats to U.S. national security and to defending the rights and values of Americans.

During President Trump’s first visit to the State Department, where he was greeted by loud applause from several hundred people gathered in the Benjamin Franklin state dining room. “That’s more spirit than I’ve heard from the State Department in a long time,” Trump joked, praising Pompeo’s credentials and record as CIA director.

Pompeo has already made a trip to Belgium. Saudi Arabia. Israel. Jordan in his first five days as the newly appointed secretary of state.

After his official confirmation last week, Pompeo set out on a high-profile diplomatic trip to Europe and to the Middle East. On April 26 in Brussels, Pompeo met with NATO foreign ministers and reaffirmed America’s commitment to the Alliance.

Unlike his predecessor Pompeo welcomed press to travel with him on his foreign trip, he also took questions on the record, and appeared Sunday on ABC’s  programme ‘This Week’. The US press considers Pompeo style of communication as a “return to the norm”. It’s expected that secretaries of state frequently appear in public and speak with the press, which is a current practice for the nation’s top diplomat.

Tillerson OUT – Pompeo IN

The reasons for firing U.S.Secretary of State Rex Tillerson remain publicly unknown, nourishing the wildest theories about the motives behind the twist in his career.

Shortly afterwards the decision of dismissal of one of the closest Tillerson’s aids followed.

The newly appointed Secretary of State to replace Tillerson – Mike Pompeo graduated from Harvard Law School,  worked as a corporate lawyer in aerospace business. As a Tea Party Republican elected to Congress from Kansas in 2010. Leading CIA for more than one year.

 

 

 

Trump reminds of Haiti’ crime record

Reportedly President Donald Trump  questioned why the United States would be interested to have immigrants from Haiti and African nations, referring to some as “shithole countries,” according to two sources familiar with the comments.  The wording made headlines and upset many, leaving aside the dramatic situation with rampant criminality in mentioned places, including abductions, rape and murder.

“THE U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE HAS ASSESSED PORT-AU-PRINCE AS BEING A CRITICAL-THREAT LOCATION FOR CRIME DIRECTED AT OR AFFECTING OFFICIAL U.S. GOVERNMENT INTERESTS” – the Overseas Security Advisory Council (OSAC) warns in capital letters (!).

Trump’s comments, made in the White House, came amid Democratic Senator Dick Durbin and Republican Senator Lindsey Graham presentation on a newly drafted immigration bill being promoted by a bipartisan group of senators, according to the sources, requesting anonymity.

Other government officials were present during the conversation, the sources said. President Trump concerns about security Haiti represents are not unique.

The UK FCO warns about danger of travelling to Haiti, reminding about increased levels of crime, violent muggings, resulted in fatalities etc. (See FCO travel advice below).

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“Violent crime appears to remain predominantly gang-related or robbery-related. Robberies are most common in Port-au-Prince and affect affluent areas frequented by visitors (Petionville). Gang-related violent crime continues to be centralized in specific areas of Port-au-Prince (Cité Soleil), which are not traditional tourist/business areas. Organized crime appears as small, organized, criminal gang activity (kidnapping gangs).

Homicides continue to be a major concern in Haiti. In 2016, there were 1,029 reported homicides, with 70% occurring in Port-au-Prince”, – OSAC reports.

 

Tillerson “disappointed” by EU policy towards Iran

President Donald Trump and his administration are “disappointed” in the European Union for not doing more to support Iran anti-government protests, US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said.

“We’re disappointed that the European Union has not taken a more definitive stance in supporting those voices in the country that are calling for reform,” he said.

The comments from the country’s top diplomat came after taking note of EU chief of External Action service Federica Mogherini keeping low profile amid the turmoil in Islamic Republic.

Only after days of protests, reports on slain and arrested,  the EU’s diplomacy issued a statement reminding Iran the  ‘right to peaceful protest.

While some individual European countries have joined the US in explicitly backing the protesters, Mr Tillerson lamented a perceived lack of similar support from the 28-nation union.

As a top EU executive Mogherini prefers to protect the nuclear deal concluded with Iran incumbent government as president Obama’s legacy, to give a support to Iranian people.

The regime change in Iran would give an  advantage to President Trump over the previous administration – the undesired result to the EU leadership, choosing to support Democrats as partners, and continuously sabotaging incumbent administration in attempt to facilitate the return of Democrats to power, the experts say.

USA diplomacy recast

 

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The entire senior level of management officials at the US State department, has resigned,makring an impressive exodus of civil servants – Clinton’s loyalists of ‘ante-Trump era’ in foreign policy.

Mr Trump’s selection for secretary of state, Rex Tillerson, was present in the department’s offices in the Foggy Bottom neighborhood of Washington DC, when the officials quit on Wednesday, the Washington Post reported.

On Wednesday afternoon, Patrick Kennedy, who served as an  Assistant Secreaty of State for Administration  for the Clinton Administration from 1993 to 2001. and three of his top officials resigned unexpectedly, four State Department sources confirmed. Assistant Secretary of State for Administration Joyce Anne Barr, Assistant Secretary of State for Consular Affairs Michele Bond and Ambassador Gentry O. Smith, director of the Office of Foreign Missions, followed him out the door. All are career foreign service officers who have served under both Republican and Democratic administrations. The decisions lead to conclusion the State Department’s entire senior management team just resigned.

“It’s the single biggest simultaneous departure of institutional memory that anyone can remember, and that’s incredibly difficult to replicate,” said David Wade, who served as State Department chief of staff under Secretary of State John Kerry.

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