Pompeo Sworn In as Secretary of State, Departs for NATO Ministerial and the Middle East

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U.S. Secretary of State- designate Mike Pompeo is sworn-in as the 70th Secretary of State by Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito in the West Conference Room of the Supreme Court in Washington, D.C. on April 26, 2018.
U.S. Secretary of State- designate Mike Pompeo is sworn-in as the 70th Secretary of State by Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito in the West Conference Room of the Supreme Court in Washington, D.C. on April 26, 2018.

Pompeo Sworn In as Secretary of State, Departs for NATO Ministerial and the Middle East

Mike Pompeo was sworn in as the 70th U.S. Secretary of State on April 26, 2018. The Secretary of State, appointed by the President with the advice and consent of the Senate, is the President's chief foreign affairs adviser. The Secretary carries out the President's foreign policies through the State Department, which includes the Foreign Service, Civil Service, and U.S. Agency for International Development.

In a statement, President Donald J. Trump said, “Having a patriot of Mike’s immense talent, energy, and intellect leading the Department of State will be an incredible asset for our country at this critical time in history. He will always put the interests of America first. He has my trust. He has my support. Today, he has my congratulations on becoming America’s 70th Secretary of State.”

A general view of the North Atlantic Council meeting room 1 at the old NATO headquarters in Brussels on Thursday, April 19, 2018.

Following his swearing-in, Secretary Pompeo will travel to Brussels, Riyadh, Jerusalem, and Amman, April 26-30.  In Brussels, the Secretary will meet with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg and participate in the NATO Foreign Ministerial, during which allies will discuss preparations for July’s NATO Summit of Heads of State and Government meeting.  The United States' focus for the ministerial will be on increased burden sharing, strengthening deterrence and defense, and strengthening NATO’s role in counterterrorism. The United States remains fully committed to NATO, including our ironclad commitment to collective defense under Article 5 of the Washington Treaty. As President Trump has said, the Alliance has been the bulwark of international peace and security for nearly 70 years.

After the NATO Foreign Ministerial, Secretary Pompeo will travel to the Middle East, where he will meet with Saudi, Israeli, and Jordanian leaders to discuss critical regional and bilateral issues.

Editor's Note:  This entry also appears in the U.S. Department of State's publication on Medium.

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