Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo delivered the keynote address at the 2019 National Convention of the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States and its Auxiliary in Orlando, Florida on Monday, July 22, 2019. In his remarks, the Secretary said:
"I was once a soldier. Now I lead a diplomatic team. We protect the great fruits of others’ service. ...I know that diplomacy is our first and best tool for protecting American interests. It’s how –- when diplomacy is done well, it saves lives. It really matters. I tell my team that every day. It’s how we build alliances with our friends and allies around the world. It’s how we get American companies in the door so that they can grow their businesses in other countries, so that we can create jobs for your kids and for mine. It’s how we keep our enemies’ finger off the trigger, keeping troops out of harm’s way."
Read the Secretary's full remarks here.