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Mike Pompeo lifts State Department hiring freeze

Mike Pompeo
Mike Pompeo at the State Department. Photo: Michael Brochstein/Getty Images

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is lifting the State Department's hiring freeze, reports CBS News' Kylie Atwood. Pompeo said the move will allow "domestic bureaus and missions overseas the flexibility to fill positions that are essential to promoting the Department's mission."

Why it matters: This is a major shift from the department's policy under former Secretary Rex Tillerson, and shows that the State Department, now under Pompeo, is gaining favor in the eyes of President Trump.