Pompeo meets with Biden nominee for State as part of transition

Pompeo meets with Biden nominee for State as part of transition
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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 Friday met with President-elect Joe BidenJoe BidenFighter jet escorts aircraft that entered restricted airspace during UN gathering Julian Castro knocks Biden administration over refugee policy FBI investigating alleged assault on Fort Bliss soldier at Afghan refugee camp MORE's pick to lead the State Department, a day after President TrumpDonald TrumpJulian Castro knocks Biden administration over refugee policy Overnight Energy & Environment — League of Conservation Voters — Climate summit chief says US needs to 'show progress' on environment Five takeaways from Arizona's audit results MORE said he would ensure a smooth transition of power.

Pompeo was reportedly expected to meet with Antony BlinkenAntony BlinkenDefense policy bill would require 'forever chemical' testing at military sites Biden criticizes treatment of Haitians as 'embarrassment' Overnight Energy & Environment — Presented by the League of Conservation Voters — EPA finalizing rule cutting HFCs MORE last month but the meeting was delayed when the secretary was put into quarantine after exposure to an individual who tested positive for COVID-19.

Pompeo tweeted Friday that he met with Blinken "in order to facilitate an orderly transition, and to ensure American interests are protected abroad."

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"Our meeting was very productive, and we will continue to work together on behalf of America throughout the transition," Pompeo added.

The meeting comes one day after Trump said in a recorded video message that he would ensure a smooth transition to the Biden administration after weeks of refusing to concede the election to Biden and calling to overturn the results.

His comments came more than 24 hours after a deadly mob attack on the U.S. Capitol by his supporters, who succeeded in temporarily disrupting congressional certification of Biden's election victory.

Trump has been widely condemned for inciting the riot after weeks of making unsubstantiated claims about a "rigged" election and widespread voter fraud.

Pompeo, one of Trump’s staunchest allies, previously derided reporters' questions about the transfer of power by saying there would be a “smooth transition to a second Trump administration.”