US presidential election: Mike Pompeo's scheduled speech is controversial
US Foreign Minister Mike Pompeo in New York on August 20, 2020. Mike Segar / Reuters
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This Tuesday, August 25 is the second evening of the Republican Party convention in Charlotte, North Carolina, United States. A convention unlike any other, the fault of the coronavirus pandemic, but also because it seems entirely focused on the person of President Donald Trump. This Tuesday, Mike Pompeo, Secretary of State, must praise the work carried out in the field of foreign policy, an exercise which arouses criticism.
Mike Pompeo's speech is expected. On the second evening of the Republican convention, the head of American diplomacy will speak on Tuesday, August 25. A speech that the US Secretary of State recorded the day before in Jerusalem, on the occasion of an official visit. A nod, in a way, to what Donald Trump's administration considers one of its foreign policy success stories.
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Never has a secretary of state in office participated in a convention
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The recording of Mike Pompeo's speech is controversial in the United States because, in expert memory, a sitting Secretary of State has never actively participated in a convention, whether Democrat or Republican. And to avoid any legal hassle, Mike Pompeo, for the occasion, had to surround himself with an audience of experts to be sure he was not breaking the law.
During this speech, which will therefore be broadcast, the Secretary of State is also expected to return to the historic normalization agreement between Israel and the United Arab Emirates, facilitated by the United States. One of the only foreign policy successes of Donald Trump, who is now seeking a second term.
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