Reuters quoted sources described as well-informed that the US Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, canceled a European diplomatic tour that was planned earlier, after European Union officials refused to meet him, due to the storming of the Congress building.
Reuters quoted diplomatic sources as saying that Washington’s allies would be embarrassed to meet Pompeo, after the recent events in the Congress building.
The agency reported that Luxembourg Foreign Minister Jean Asselborn and senior European officials refused to meet Pompeo, forcing him to cancel his trip.
The Luxembourg Foreign Ministry confirmed Pompeo’s visit was canceled, but refused to provide further details, in addition to the European Union’s refusal to comment.
Asselborn described Trump last week as “obsessed with starting political fires and must appear before a criminal court,” after his supporters stormed the US Congress.
Asselborn also considered that the outgoing president “has nothing to do with democracy,” because he “ignored his country’s constitution, court decisions and election results.”
For its part, the US State Department declined to comment on European officials ’refusal to meet Pompeo, and issued a statement saying that the visit was canceled due to transitional work, before the presidential inauguration of Joe Biden, on the twentieth of this month.
Mike Pompeo was scheduled to be in Brussels on Wednesday and Thursday to meet his Belgian counterpart Sophie Vilmes and NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg in order to “underline the enduring importance of this transatlantic partnership” which President Trump has often undermined over the past four years. .
The US State Department spokesman said that all flights have also been canceled, including Kelly Craft, the US ambassador to the United Nations, to Taiwan.
Kraft was scheduled to visit Taiwan from Wednesday to Friday, prompting China to warn that Washington is playing with fire.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Tuesday that all trips this week, including a trip to Europe, were canceled as part of the transfer of power to the administration of President-elect Joe Biden.