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Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Wednesday extolled the “essential rightness” of the United States in global affairs as he urged U.S. diplomats to act firmly and aggressively as they promote and carry out the Trump Administration’s foreign policies.
In what amounted to a “pep talk,” Secretary Pompeo explained that his repeated calls for the agency to regain its “swagger” meant that diplomats should act with confidence, knowing that the US. cause is just.
“Swagger” is not arrogance,” he said. “It is not boastfulness; it is not ego. No, swagger is confidence: in one’s self, in one’s ideas. In our case, it is America’s essential rightness. And it is aggressiveness born of the righteous knowledge that our cause is just, special, and built upon America’s core principles.”
He told them, “We are fortunate that our President values and understands the power of diplomacy, and knows that we must use every tool in the diplomatic toolkit.”
He also officially lifted the 16-month hiring freeze that had been in place at the State Department.
For the morale of employees and diplomats at the State Department and other government agencies.