US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will depart for Japan on October 4 (US time), not visiting Mongolia and South Korea as originally planned after President Donald Trump was determined to be infected with Covid-19.
|Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. Photo: AFP / VNA|
The above announcement was made by the US Department of State on October 3 after President Donald Trump was diagnosed and hospitalized with Covid-19 infection.
Previously, Foreign Minister Pompeo planned to visit all three countries from October 4-8. Pompeo is expected to still visit Japan on October 4 and return to Washington on October 6 after consulting with his Japanese counterpart, Reuters quoted the State Department’s announcement. Here, US diplomats will attend the open meeting with the Secretary of State Australia and India.
On the US Secretary of State’s health, Pompeo confirmed in an online speech to the Florida Family Policy Council, Pompeo affirmed his health was fine, but the US diplomat canceled his schedule to appear at events. “Because of caution”. However, Mr. Pompeo insisted he was still working on his plan to visit Asia.
“You need to know that I am feeling fine, I am working very well. I have had medical check samples 2 times in the past 2 days. I am fine as usual. And I still intend to visit Europe. Asia tomorrow (October 4), “said Pompeo.
Pompeo’s visit is the first to East Asia in more than a year and comes as relations between the US and China are at their worst in decades. It is also Pompeo’s first visit to Japan since Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga took office on September 16 after Shinzo Abe resigned due to health reasons.
According to Japan Times, US Secretary of State Pompeo and his Japanese counterpart Toshimitsu Motegi will meet with the foreign ministers of Australia and India. in Tokyo on October 6, a move seen to counter China’s “growing aggression” in the region.
This meeting will “focus on pressing issues of the Indo-Pacific”, according to nState Department spokesman Morgan Ortagus.
According to the latest announcement from the US State Department, Secretary of State Pompeo plans to visit Asia again in October and will reschedule the visits in the original schedule.
President Donald Trump announced he had Covid-19 at 1:00 a.m. on October 2. Trump was later moved from the White House to the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center near Washington.
In the video recorded at the military medical center on October 3, Mr Trump said he felt “much better” but the next few days will be “the real test” of the Covid-19 treatment. In addition to President Trump, First Lady Melania Trump and several Republican senators and millions of Americans are infected with Covid-19.