“The slander reveals a lack of understanding of banana republics and democracy in America,” Mr Pompeo wrote.
He also tweeted a photograph of himself, National Security Adviser Robert C. O’Brien and National Intelligence Director John Ratcliffe meeting. The message seemed clear: The three loyalists are not going anywhere before the end of the administration and do not intend to break ties with the president.
And the top executives at Voice of America ordered that one of its White House journalists, Patsy Widakuswara, be redistributed on Monday, hours after she tried to ask questions to Mr. with the events. The action was reported earlier by The Washington Post.
The secretary, who was on his way to Belgium on Wednesday for a final foreign trip, canceled a planned stop in Luxembourg after its foreign minister, Jean Asselborn, called Mr Trump a “criminal” and a “political pyromaniac” in an interview for the feud rebellion at the Capitol.
Even in Brussels, Mr Pompeo’s journey promises to be awkward at best.
The State Department said he traveled “to reaffirm the deep and lasting partnership between the United States and Belgium and the unwavering US support for NATO.”
But what most North Atlantic Treaty Organization allies will remember about the Trump presidency were the president’s episodic threats to withdraw from the alliance. Sir. Pompeo will meet with Jens Stoltenberg, NATO Secretary General, who said on Twitter on the day of the siege: “The result of this democratic election must be respected.”
Since becoming Secretary of State in April 2018, Mr. Pompeo has become Mr. Trump’s most steadfast and outwardly loyal national security official. Until Friday, when he first met Antony J. Blinken, Mr. Biden’s election as the next foreign minister, Mr Pompeo had largely avoided discussing the election result directly.