Secretary of State Mike Pompeo tweeted out a series of upbeat posts on Friday about how America is full of “swagger” since he’s been top diplomat, furthering speculation he’s eyeing a run for president in 2024.
“We’re so much safer today than four years ago,” secretary Pompeo began. “Over the coming days, I’m going to lay out the mission set, the huge wins, personal stories, and a lot more. Just me, Mike.”
Political observers argued Mr Pompeo was violating norms by using his official government account to put out campaign-style communications.
Lindy Li, who worked with the Biden campaign, accused Mr Pompeo of “using his [secretary of state] role & official social media to soft-launch his 2024 presidential campaign”
The State Department did not respond to a request for comment.
During his swearing in, Mr Pompeo vowed that State would “get its swagger back,” and swagger certainly defined his approach to the job. The State Department at times referred to the “Pompeo Doctrine” towards policy in the Middle East, even though it’s usually the president who officially names such strategy.
He’s also attracted scrutiny for holding “Madison Dinners” with top Republicans and presidential allies, and ethics groups called on the FBI to investigate him after the ouster of a State Department internal watchdog who had been conducting investigations into the official and the department at large, on topics ranging from Saudi arms sales to the Pompeo family allegedly using government staff for personal errands.
The swagger didn’t exactly convert into international goodwill though, with the international reputation of the US tanking during the Trump years after the highs of the Obama adminstration, according to Pew Research, including with key US allies like the UK, France, and Germany.