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Pompeo chides House for scheduling impeachment hearing in Trump's absence

Pompeo told Fox & Friends that there is a long tradition of supporting a president when he is traveling overseas

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US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo blasted the House on Monday for scheduling impeachment hearings while President is abroad.

Pompeo said it's very unfortunate for the House Judiciary Committee to hold its hearing Wednesday at the same time that Trump is representing the U.S. at this week's NATO summit in London.

Pompeo told Fox & Friends that there is a long tradition of supporting a president when he is traveling overseas and shouldn't be distracted by problems at home while discussing issues with allies.

"I regret that they've chosen to hold these hearings at the same time that the president and our entire national security team will be traveling to Europe, to London, to work on these important matters," Pompeo said.

"It's very unfortunate." Separately, Pompeo declined to say whether he planned to step down as secretary of state to run for a Senate seat from Kansas.

First Published: Mon, December 02 2019. 20:21 IST
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