State De­part­ment work­ers keep chin up, Pom­peo says

Las Vegas Review-Journal (Sunday) - - WASHINGTON REPORT -

Amer­i­can diplo­mats are up­beat de­spite the gov­ern­ment shut­down, which has left many of them work­ing with­out pay, U.S. Sec­re­tary of State Mike Pom­peo said Satur­day.

“Mo­rale is good,” Pom­peo told re­porters in Abu Dhabi, one of the stops on his nine-na­tion tour of Mid­dle East, as the shut­down was set to en­ter its fourth week. “They un­der­stand that there are squab­bles in Wash­ing­ton, but their mis­sion re­mains, their du­ties con­tinue, and they’re ex­e­cut­ing them.”

Al­most half of the State De­part­ment em­ploy­ees in the United States and about one-quar­ter abroad have been fur­loughed dur­ing the shut­down.

Mike Pom­peo

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