Trump makes first visit to State to swear-in Pompeo

Trump touts renewed 'spirit' at State Dept. under Pompeo

Trump, in his first ever visit to State, and in his emphasis on the faith he has in Pompeo, was signaling to the world that this secretary of state - unlike his last one - will carry with him the authority and confidence of the White House as he travels the world.

Cheers and applause greeted Pompeo on Tuesday as he entered the marbled lobby of the Harry S. Truman Building for the first time as America's top diplomat and addressed a diplomatic corps left deeply dispirited by a tumultuous year under Tillerson, President Donald Trump's first secretary of state.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions, national security adviser John Bolton, White House chief of staff John Kelly, Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson, Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta, Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao and the nominee to lead the CIA, Gina Haspel - "our Gina", Trump called her - milled through the crowd. "It is my humble, noble undertaking to help you achieve that".

"And that spirit will only be magnified only with this man right here", Trump added, pointing to Pompeo.

Pompeo and Trump oppose the deal, but none of the U.S.'s negotiating partners agree that a withdrawal would advance their interests.

"I think I have the record for the longest trip on the first day of work", Pompeo joked on Tuesday. From the handle @SecPompeo, he tweeted his gratitude to Trump for naming him to the job.

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Trump praised Pompeo at the ceremony Wednesday as he made his inaugural visit to the State Department.

Pompeo, who was confirmed last week, boarded a plane just hours after being sworn in Thursday, traveling to the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation foreign ministerial in Brussels. He returned late Monday.

It was theater - Pompeo had been sworn in a week earlier by Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito - but for Trump and Pompeo, the event served a crucial objective. "How's everything going? Good?"

Pompeo, 54, was administered the oath of office by Vice President Mike Pence.

In his former role as Central Intelligence Agency chief, it was Pompeo who travelled to Pyongyang to meet Kim Jong Un, and lay the groundwork for an upcoming summit between Trump and the North Korean leader. In addition, it was likely a swipe at Trump's own formerly appointed Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, who was sacked recently. Pompeo noted that he described in his Senate confirmation hearing how the United States "is so exceptional and so incredibly blessed". Also pictured is Pompeo's wife, Susan Pompeo. And the outcome is certainly yet unknown.

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