Dec 7, 2020 - Politics & Policy

Pompeo to give foreign policy speech in Georgia ahead of Senate runoffs

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Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will deliver a foreign policy speech at the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta on Wednesday, just weeks ahead of two runoff races that will determine control of the Senate.

Why it matters: Pompeo, widely seen as a likely 2024 presidential candidate, has frequently been criticized for violating norms restricting the secretary of state from overtly partisan activities.

  • He is currently under investigation by the Office of Special Counsel for delivering an RNC speech from Jerusalem during a trip to Israel.
  • Pompeo also drew ire last month for refusing to say whether the State Department would cooperate with the transition to the Biden administration, instead stating: "There will be a smooth transition to a second Trump administration."

What to watch: A statement says Pompeo's speech will be focused on "the China challenge to U.S. national security and academic freedom."

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