(CNN)When Secretary of State Mike Pompeo visited Wisconsin on Wednesday, Reince Priebus — the former chairman of the Republican Party and President Donald Trump’s first chief of staff — traveled with him on the government plane, according to two State Department officials familiar with the trip.
“Everyone was just stunned,” said one State Department official of Priebus joining Pompeo on the official trip, given that it is rare for the secretary to travel with people who are not on his staff and are so obviously connected to partisan politics.
Priebus’ presence on the trip doesn’t jibe with the State Department saying that Pompeo was going to Wisconsin for “an important policy speech,” given that the former GOP party official has no foreign policy expertise and is deeply connected to the Republicans in the state. The department failed to reply to inquiries about whether the trip was connected to the president’s reelection bid or the appropriateness of Priebus joining the visit. Pompeo, who will address GOP convention, warned diplomats not to ‘improperly’ take part in politics Priebus’s presence on the trip is likely to raise further questions about the top US diplomat’s visit to the battleground state just weeks ahead of the […]
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