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Pompeo has made it an operating principle.Pompeo is behaving at State much as he did as CIA director. At State, as at CIA, Pompeo has surprised some observers by championing career officers who were initially skeptical of him.Pompeo said from his first day that he wanted to bolster a demoralized foreign service, and he sought advice from a wide circle of former State officials, including some who had been very critical of Trump. Where Tillerson had left key positions unfilled, Pompeo has used his clout with the White House and Congress to clear appointments. Pompeo signaled, notably, that he endorses Kim's desire for a gradual, phased process of denuclearization, linked with a broader de-escalation of tensions.Not exactly a road map, but that's Pompeo.So far, Pompeo has managed to reassure the State Department without enraging the man in the Oval Office. Maybe because he shares Trump's "big guy" persona, Pompeo has been the rare subordinate who stays close to the president, but not so close he gets burned.
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