Pompeo cancels last foreign trip amid Trump impeachment moves

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Secretary of State Mike Pompeo (L) says he has cancelled a foreign trip as President Donald Trump (R) faces an impeachment vote in the Democrat-controlled House of Representatives

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Tuesday canceled his final foreign trip scheduled this week as President Donald Trump faces a second impeachment vote.

Pompeo will assist "a smooth and orderly transition process" to President-elect Joe Biden that includes identifying officials who will stay on temporarily as the new administration takes charge, State Department spokeswoman Morgan Ortagus said.

"As a result, we are cancelling all planned travel this week, including the Secretary's trip to Europe," she said in a statement.

The State Department announced Monday that Pompeo would pay a short visit to Brussels to meet NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg and Belgian leaders.

The cancellation comes as Democrats push Vice President Mike Pence to remove Trump through the 25th Amendment for inciting a deadly storming of the US Capitol last week by his supporters, who sought to overturn Biden's victory.

Pompeo, who after the election suggested that Trump would stay on for a second term, has condemned the violence but resolutely backed the president.

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