Mike Pompeo(L) takes the oath during his ceremonial swearing-in as US Secretary of State, as Susan Pompeo, Nick Pompeo(2ndL) and US President Donald Trump look on at the State Department in Washington, DC, May 2, 2018. / AFP / MANDEL NGAN
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Trump made his first visit to the department Wednesday for the ceremonial swearing-in of Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, highlighting his relationship with the head of a Cabinet agency he largely neglected during the tenure of Rex Tillerson.Trump's visit put a spotlight on his close ties with Pompeo. Tillerson and Trump rarely saw eye to eye on policy, and Trump felt little chemistry with the former business executive.Pompeo, by contrast, developed a strong relationship with Trump in large part through his regular attendance at the president's daily intelligence briefing at the White House. Trump developed a personal liking for Pompeo during the 2016 campaign, when the then-GOP congressman from Kansas was one of his earliest Washington endorsers.At the CIA, Pompeo oversaw a secret back channel to the North Korean government, and on April 1, weeks after his State Department nomination, Pompeo made a secret trip to Pyongyang to meet with Kim in advance of a potential meeting with Trump.
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