Wednesday, January 13, 2021

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo cancels European trip because US allies were too 'embarrassed' to meet with him

Jake Lahut
Jan 12, 2021, 2:50 PM

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will not go on his final diplomatic trip to Europe as previously planned.

Pompeo was forced to cancel the trip on Tuesday after Luxembourg's foreign minister and European Union officials refused to meet with him, according to Reuters.


A diplomatic source told Reuters that allies would have been "embarrassed" to meet with Pompeo after last week's deadly attempted coup on Capitol Hill.


Luxembourg Foreign Affairs Minister Jean Asselborn, who was the first to reportedly snub Pompeo, called President Donald Trump a "criminal" and a "political pyromaniac who should be sent to criminal court" during an interview on the French radio station RTL on Jan. 7, the day after the insurrection.


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