State Department workers keep chin up, Pompeo says
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.