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Pompeo boils over as Ukraine pressure increases – CNN, CNN

Washington (CNN) Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s efforts to distance himself from the controversy surrounding Ukraine and its role in President Donald Trump’s historic impeachment trial collapsed this weekend, days before he leaves for an awkward visit to Kiev after questioning whether Americans “care about the country.

Pompeo has had to grapple with damaging Ukraine-related headlines that raise questions about his temperament and flatly contradict his public claims about administration policy toward the country. Conservative allies have called him a “baby,” senior diplomats have publicly chastised him and State Department staff – pointing to the secretary’s emphasis on respect and professionalism – privately say they’re “incensed” about what they see as his hypocrisy and embarrassed by his leadership.

They’re so accustomed to his angry eruptions that some have nicknamed him “Mount Mike.”

Pompeo is set to land in Kiev Thursday as the administration’s Ukraine policy – specifically Trump’s push to exchange military aid and a White House visit for investigations into his political rivals – occupies center stage in Washington, where the Senate impeachment trial continues.

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