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Pompeo cancels last foreign trip amid Trump impeachment moves

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US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Tuesday canceled his final foreign trip scheduled this week as President Donald Trump faces a second impeachment vote.

[WASHINGTON] US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Tuesday canceled his final foreign trip scheduled this week as President Donald Trump faces a second impeachment vote.

Mr Pompeo will assist "a smooth and orderly transition process" to President-elect Joe Biden that includes identifying officials who will stay on temporarily as the new administration takes charge, State Department spokeswoman Morgan Ortagus said.

"As a result, we are cancelling all planned travel this week, including the Secretary's trip to Europe," she said in a statement.

The State Department announced on Monday that Mr Pompeo would pay a short visit to Brussels to meet Nato Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg and Belgian leaders.

The cancellation comes as Democrats push Vice-President Mike Pence to remove Mr Trump through the 25th Amendment for inciting a deadly storming of the US Capitol last week by his supporters, who sought to overturn Mr Biden's victory.

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Mr Pompeo, who after the election suggested that Mr Trump would stay on for a second term, has condemned the violence but resolutely backed the president.

AFP

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