US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo lauded the foreign-policy record of President Donald Trump in a Republican National Convention address on Tuesday that Democrats condemned as a violation of protocol and probably rule. Speaking in a video recorded from a rooftop in Jerusalem during an official trip, Pompeo, a Trump appointee commonly acknowledged to harbour presidential aspirations, said the president had exposed the Chinese Communist Party’s “predatory aggression,” while defeating Islamic State militants and lowering North Korean threats.
Well before he spoke, critics pounced, saying Pompeo’s use of his appointed office for political reasons had broken with decades of practice. On Tuesday, the chairman of a Democratic-led U.S. House of Representatives subcommittee announced an inquiry into whether Pompeo’s appearance violated federal law and regulations.
An official at the State Department told a pool reporter travelling with Pompeo. The secretary served in his personal capacity and no employees or personnel were involved. It is in the State Department. John Bellinger, the top State Department lawyer. Thus, under former Republican Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice. It said the agency had long prohibited senior political appointees from partisan involvement. Thus, including attending party conventions, even though they might be allowed. It is under the 1939 Hatch Act restricting the political activities of federal employees.
Pompeo’s address also showed up to violate his own instructions reiterating the department’s prohibition of political activity. It applies to both official and private time-sent to staff. This is in a cable on July 24 reviewed by Reuters on Monday. In his letter to Biegun, Castro wrote that from documents in his panel’s possession. It was “readably apparent” that the appearance of Pompeo could violate the Hatch Act. Thus, federal regulations implementing that law, and federal rules.
So, he has requested Biegun to answer a series of questions by Sept. 1 at the latest and schedule a briefing for lawmakers by the same date. Pompeo described what he called Trump’s foreign policy successes in his remarks. It is to the Republican Convention, including the President’s decision to move the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem in Israel and hold talks with officials from North Korea.