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Obama State Dept. Spox: Pompeo More Credible Than Tillerson

Retired Admiral John Kirby told CNN that foreign nations will know that Pompeo represents the president's worldview.

By NTK Staff | 03.13.2018 @10:52am

Retired Rear Admiral John Kirby, the former spokesman for President Obama’s State Department, told CNN on Tuesday that President Trump’s new secretary of state would be more credible on the world’s stage than Rex Tillerson.

“In Mike Pompeo, one can assume that the president is getting a secretary of state more aligned with his thinking,” Kirby said. “That’s the president’s right. He deserves to have Cabinet officers who espouse his worldview.”

The former state department official predicted that it would be good for U.S. diplomacy, and Pompeo would be more credible than Tillerson because of his close relationship with the president.

“Tillerson was never really seen as a reputable, credible voice on behalf of President Trump,” he said, pointing to public spats between the two men.

“Now, you’ll have a secretary of state who will probably be much more credible on the world stage,” Kirby added. The retired rear admiral said that world leaders would be able to trust that Pompeo’s word was the president’s word.

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