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Pompeo gives U.S. diplomats ‘dose of reality’ after early high hopes

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And many fear that Pompeo won’t be able to fill vacant leadership slots quickly enough, or with the right people. Unlike the introverted Tillerson, Pompeo seems to genuinely enjoy mingling with staffers. That appears to have eroded some of the power of the secretary’s Policy Planning Staff, current and former staffers say.

Yet diplomats worry that over time Pompeo and the president will fall out of sync, even if they agree on the broad strokes of a policy.

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