Magazine May 6, 2019, Issue

Mike Pompeo’s Two Audiences

(Roman Genn)
One is the president, the other is the world

‘I don’t know if you’ve ever traveled with the secretary,” says a friend of Mike Pompeo’s, “but you’ll see that he squeezes in every minute trying to be productive.” The secretary of state confirms it just minutes after his airplane takes off from Andrews Air Force Base. It’s the middle of February, around 9:15 p.m., six hours before he’s due to land in Budapest for a five-day tour taking him from Hungary to Brussels to Iceland. But instead of sleeping, Pompeo is getting a head start on the week’s diplomacy: talking to the State Department press corps in the back

This article appears as “Being a Diplomat Is a Full-Time Job” in the May 6, 2019, print edition of National Review.

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