Joe Biden's campaign slammed Secretary of State Mike Pompeo for his expected remarks — from Jerusalem — at the Republican National Convention Tuesday night.
Hours before Pompeo's speech, which was recorded in Israel, was slated to air, Biden's deputy campaign manager and communications director said it was inappropriate for Pompeo to make an appearance at a political event. Pompeo is in Israel on an official trip as America's top diplomat.
"Secretary Pompeo's decision to address the Republican Convention from Jerusalem isn't just an abuse of taxpayer dollars, it undermines the critical work being done by the State Department," said Kate Bedingfield, according to The Hill.
"Every day, America's diplomats abroad proudly represent our country — not a political party — but Mike Pompeo's repeated and blatant use of his office for overtly political purposes only serves to undercut their work, and it further weakens the critical alliances and global relationships that have already been so badly damaged by this administration's recklessness."
On Monday, the House Foreign Affairs Committee released a recent document from the State Department that was signed by Pompeo that reminded employees there they are not allowed to engage in political activity. And a December 2019 memo from the State Department Office of the Legal Adviser said, in part, that "Senate-confirmed presidential appointees may not even attend a political party convention or convention-related event."
The Trump campaign has already caught heat for holding some convention events at the White House, a breach of the normal protocol. On Thursday, Ivanka Trump — the president's daughter and a West Wing staffer — will also speak at the RNC.
"Like all government employees, she is free to engage in political activity in her personal capacity," White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany said, The Hill reported.
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