Jan. 12 (UPI) — Secretary of State Mike Pompeo canceled Tuesday a visit to Belgium following the lethal U.S. Capitol riot.
The journey, which might have been his final journey overseas throughout his time period was set for Wednesday, every week earlier than President-Elect Joe Biden’s inauguration subsequent week. Pompeo informed The Washington Submit he canceled the journey as a result of he needs to ensure there may be “a easy and orderly transition course of.”
Pompeo’s spokesman Morgan Ortagus added that the Division of State is canceling “all deliberate journey this week” amid Biden making ready to announce who he’ll choose for the division’s new cupboard posts.
Initially, Pompeo had deliberate to fulfill with Belgian officers and NATO Secretary Normal Jens Stoltenberg in Brussels, to reaffirm help for the U.S.-Belgium partnership, and U.S. help for NATO.
The journey was canceled on the final minute with some aides already on the bottom in Belgium, The Washington Submit reported.
Pompeo had additionally deliberate to cease Thursday in Luxembourg, a small nation landlocked by Belgium, France and Germany, however the assembly fell although after the nation’s International Minister Jean Asselborn informed RTL Radio that Trump is “a political pyromaniac who should be put earlier than a prison court docket.”
The canceled journeys come amid political turmoil since Trump supporters breached a Capitol Police line final week and stormed their means into the Capitol to disrupt the Electoral Faculty vote rely, leaving 5 folks useless, together with one Capitol Police officer and 4 rioters.
On Tuesday, the Home reconvened to take up Democratic efforts to take away Trump from workplace, both by an article of impeachment, charging Trump with excessive crimes and misdemeanors for inciting an riot and disrupting the switch of energy to Biden’s administration, or invoking the 25th Modification, which might require Vice President Mike Pence to declare Trump unfit for workplace.