Pompeo shortens upcoming Asia trip after Trump falls ill with COVID-19

FILE PHOTO: U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks during a joint media conference with Croatia’s Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic (not pictured) in Dubrovnik, Croatia, October 2, 2020. Darko Bandic/Pool via REUTERS

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will depart for Japan on Sunday but will not go to Mongolia and South Korea as originally planned, the State Department said on Saturday, after President Donald Trump was diagnosed and hospitalized due to the coronavirus.

“Secretary Pompeo expects to be traveling to Asia again in October and will work to reschedule visits on that trip, that is now just a few weeks off,” the Department said in a statement. Initially, Pompeo planned to visit all three countries between Oct. 4 to Oct 8.

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