Mike Pompeo sworn-in as secretary of state at State Department

Donald Trump Mike Pompeo Nicholas Pompeo Mike Pence

Donald Trump Mike Pompeo Nicholas Pompeo Mike Pence

U.S. Vice President Mike Pence, right, swears in Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, during a ceremonial swearing in at the State Department, Wednesday, May 2, 2018, in Washington, as President Donald Trump and Pompeo's wife, Susan Pompeo, look on. Trump notably did not visit the State Department during the tenure of Pompeo's predecessor, Rex Tillerson, and his presence on Wednesday suggests that he and the White House are prepared to usher in a new era behind their new top diplomat.

Now officially in his State Department office, Pompeo pledged to meet with staff and to "get the department's swagger back".

"The United States diplomatic corps need to be in every corner, every stretch of the world, executing missions on behalf of this country, and it is my humble, noble undertaking to help you achieve that", said Pompeo Tuesday while speaking to personnel who gathered as he arrived for his first full day at the State Department.

Noting the applause, Trump said it was "more spirit than I've heard from the State Department in a long time".

This is published unedited from the PTI feed. Trump is promising to soon reveal the timing and location for the meeting with Kim. Trump said of Pompeo to reporters after the firing.

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A USA foreign service officer, who did not want to be named, told VOA he hopes Pompeo's experiences in Congress, the US military, and the intelligence community "highlight that the United States faces real adversaries overseas, and that the [State] Department's career employees are resources - not the enemy". "I have absolute confidence that he will do an incredible job as the nation's 70th secretary of state", Trump added.

Trump has been particularly disdainful of the work done by the State Department during the Obama administration.

He said he would spend "as little time" as possible cloistered in the secretary's seventh-floor suite of offices, preferring to "get out" and interact directly with diplomats around the world, including humanitarian workers at the U.S. Agency for International Development. He also praised the President's decision to move the US Embassy in Israel to Jerusalem from Tel Aviv and to reaffirm historic alliances with European partners.

"Right now we have an unprecedented opportunity to change the course of history on the Korean Peninsula", he told his new colleagues.

Unlike with Tillerson, Trump is said to have a close working relationship with Pompeo.

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