Pompeo'Thrilled' Mum although of State Dept on Attacked Diplomat

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Mike Pompeo. Everybody makes mistakes", Trump said on October 25 of Pompeo hiring Taylor.Asked specifically if he has confidence in Taylor, Pompeo instead praised the department in general, saying, "The State Department is doing a fantastic job.

A USA envoy said Wednesday that Secretary of State Mike Pompeo directed him to coordinate Ukraine policy with President Donald Trump's lawyer, further implicating the top U.S. diplomat in the impeachment drama.

Pompeo is considering keeping his post as head of the US Department of State at least until early spring 2020, Time broke the news late on Tuesday, citing three high-profile sources in the GOP familiar with the official's plans.

"I'll defer to the White House about particular statements and the like".

However, his reputation is in murky waters amid the impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump.

"State Department workers are constantly defended by me".

On the one hand, the longer he stayed, the greater the criticism of his failure to defend the senior diplomats implicated in the Ukraine scandal.

Pompeo also suggested that he understood the reasons for Yovanovitch's abrupt removal in May.

"There's some ideas out there that this change was created to allow some objective", Pompeo said.

Trump throughout Friday's listening to tweeted that "everywhere Marie Yovanovitch went turned bad", inflicting widespread consternation within the room with the previous ambassador calling the president's intervention "very intimidating".

Strain has set in between Trump and Pompeo.

NBC Information, quoting nameless officials, reported that the president has been fuming that Pompeo is accountable for not stopping them and for hiring.

According to the White House, Trump told Ukraine's president, Volodymyr Zelensky, by telephone that "that woman" - Yovanovitch - was "bad news" and that she was "going to go through some things".

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