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Pompeo’s curious farewell tour marked by an abundance of symbolism…and silence

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21.11.2020

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AFP) — What’s Donald Trump’s top diplomat to do when allies have turned the page and are waiting for Joe Biden but the US president refuses to concede?

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is addressing the complex predicament with a most unusual 10-day trip — a farewell tour in everything but name in which he has dodged the press but forged ahead with Trump’s norm-shattering foreign policy.

The trip opened with 54 hours in Paris in which he appeared for a total of one minute in public, when he laid a wreath in memory of victims of recent jihadist attacks in France.

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Pompeo spent the full weekend in Paris accompanied by his wife, Susan, staying at the US ambassador’s residence on what was nonetheless described as private time, with a series of meetings that were not listed on his public schedule. US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo (3rd-L) arrives with US Ambassador to France Jamie McCourt (2nd-L) to participate in a wreath-laying ceremony in homage to victims of terrorism at Les Invalides in Paris, on November 16, 2020. (Patrick Semansky/Pool/AFP)

When Pompeo resurfaced on Monday, he paid the quick visit to the memorial before meetings with France’s President Emmanuel Macron and Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian that were closed to the press.

It was Pompeo’s first bilateral visit to America’s oldest ally during his tenure.

France described Pompeo’s trip as a courtesy visit and said it was fully transparent with the team of Biden, whose victory has........

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