Pompeo issues first tweets as secretary of State

Pompeo issues first tweets as secretary of State
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Secretary of State Mike PompeoMike PompeoRepublican lawmakers raise security, privacy concerns over Huawei cloud services WashPost fact-checker gives Pompeo four 'Pinocchios' for 'zombie' claim about Obama Iran deal Poll: Biden, Trump statistically tied in favorability MORE on Tuesday vowed to put "the interests of the American people first" in his first tweets as the nation's top diplomat.

"I'm grateful to @POTUS for the honor to serve as our nation's 70th Secretary of State. So many matters of global importance demand our focus," Pompeo tweeted.

"I'm committed to putting the interests of the American people first and look forward to serving with the world's finest diplomatic corps."

Pompeo, who officially took over at the helm of the State Department last week, also thanked his deputy, John Sullivan, for temporarily leading the department after former Secretary of State Rex TillersonRex Wayne TillersonThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by AT&T - Supreme Court lets Texas abortion law stand Trump-era ban on travel to North Korea extended Want to evaluate Donald Trump's judgment? Listen to Donald Trump MORE was dismissed in March.

"He is a true patriot, leader, and public servant," Pompeo wrote about Sullivan.


The tweets came hours after Pompeo, who has served as President TrumpDonald TrumpGraham says he hopes that Trump runs again Trump says Stacey Abrams 'might be better than existing governor' Kemp Executive privilege fight poses hurdles for Trump MORE's CIA director for the past year, addressed State Department employees in Foggy Bottom for the first time since being sworn in as the nation's 70th secretary of State.

In his remarks, Pompeo vowed to bring a new "swagger" to a State Department that has been rocked by a hiring freeze and often sidelined by the White House on key foreign policy matters during Tillerson's tenure.

“I talked about getting back our swagger,” Pompeo said. “The United States diplomatic corps needs 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.”

Pompeo's remarks and subsequent tweets signaled that the new secretary may be trying to set his style apart from that of Tillerson, who was often seen as guarded and isolated from the White House.

Tillerson often faced the challenge of having the president weigh in on his actions using Twitter. For example, Trump tweeted in October that Tillerson was "wasting his time" trying to negotiate with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

Unlike Trump and Tillerson's predecessor from the Obama administration, John KerryJohn KerryOvernight Energy & Environment — Presented by the League of Conservation Voters — EPA finalizing rule cutting HFCs Overnight Energy & Environment — Presented by the League of Conservation Voters — Senate Finance chair backs budget action on fossil fuel subsidies Kerry: 'We can't get where we need to go' in climate fight if China isn't joining in MORE, Tillerson also did not have a dedicated Twitter account during his tenure that he regularly used as secretary of State.

Pompeo wasted no time taking on the role of the nation's chief diplomat. Almost immediately after he was sworn in last week, he jetted off to Brussels for a meeting with NATO allies, as well as to Saudi Arabia, Israel and Jordan.

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders welcomed Pompeo into his new role on Tuesday, writing in a tweet that he would be an "amazing Secretary of State."

"Welcome to Twitter @SecPompeo! You are going to be an amazing Secretary of State for @POTUS and we are all excited to work with you," she tweeted.

--Updated at 5:16 p.m.