BRUSSELS/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo cancelled his Europe trip at the last minute on Tuesday after Luxembourg’s foreign minister and top European Union officials declined to meet him, European diplomats and other people familiar with the matter said.
The Europeans snubbed Washington’s top envoy days after the storming of the U.S. Capitol by thousands of supporters of President Donald Trump, an unprecedented attack on American democracy that stunned many world leaders and U.S. allies.
Pompeo, a close ally of Trump, had sought to meet Jean Asselborn in Luxembourg, a small but wealthy NATO ally, before meeting EU leaders and the bloc’s top diplomat in Brussels, three people close to the planning told Reuters.
Pompeo was also supposed to meet with Belgium Foreign Minister Sophie Wilmes, and NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, but according to The Guardian, they no longer seemed too keen:
Pompeo was also due to meet the Belgian deputy prime minister and foreign minister, Sophie Wilmes, who tweeted while the assault in Washington was underway, “These images are shocking, also because they hurt our democratic ideals.”
“They show the extent of President-elect Biden’s task, which will be to unite American society around a common project. We trust him to do that.”
Jens Stoltenberg, the Nato secretary general, who was due to have a dinner with Pompeo had described the scenes in Washington as “shocking” and said: “The outcome of this democratic election must be respected.” A Nato spokesperson confirmed that Pompeo had cancelled on Tuesday, giving as a reason the need to focus on the transition.
Poor Mikey. I guess those are the breaks when you help the worst President ever foment insurrection and sedition in the country that had previously been a role model for the rest of the world.
Good luck with your run for President, though, traitor.